Jazze Pha is known for his ability to create hit records and now the hit making producer hopes to recreate that success in the kitchen with his new internet cooking show What’s Cooking With Jazze, which launched today (March 31).
Each webisode of the series features Jazze Pha with a different special celebrity guest cooking up a different meal. In webisode one, Jazze Pha and Emmanuel "Webster" Lewis raid the producer's refrigerator and cook up a pizza six-feet in diameter with cooked pork chops on the bone on top. Source
Monday, March 31, 2008
A February Harris Interactive/RetailMeNot survey indicates the economic slowdown is prompting more consumers to consider using coupons, discount codes and promotions while shopping in store or online.
“More than one in three adults (37%) said that during a recession they would increase the use of coupons and/or discount codes, with 56% likely to look for deals on the web as well" as brick-and-mortar stores.
Other findings included 54% of respondents stated that during a recession they would reduce their discretionary spending and 63% wouldn’t purchase an item without a discount or deal. Source
Check out the results from our “How The Economy Impacts African American Buying Habits” survey coming soon!
The Washington Post:
R. Donahue Peebles has built a small empire of luxury hotels and estates in Florida, from Miami to Key West. In Las Vegas, he plans to launch construction this year on a $2.5 billion high-rise condominium and hotel complex. Just south of San Francisco, he recently bought 90 acres of oceanfront property where he envisions an ultra-chic resort community.
But at the moment he's particularly excited by projects he hopes to do in and around his native Washington.
Quietly, Peebles has been working to amass a tract of dilapidated properties in the District that he hopes to redevelop into affordable housing, storefronts and offices. He won't say where exactly, to avoid heating up prices. In Prince George's County, he is talking with developers and officials about building parking garages, office buildings and small retail space around Metro stations. Next week, he will make a presentation to the District about a small hotel he wants to build in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. Read on...
Friday, March 28, 2008
From LA Times:
For many, it was more than just a low-budget romantic comedy about a sexually liberated woman -- it was the first shot in a cinematic revolution.
But now, more than 20 years later, and in a time when race has taken center stage in presidential politics, another type of African American filmmaker has established himself as the dominant voice. With "Meet the Browns," which made more than $20 million when it opened last week, Tyler Perry has cemented his status as Hollywood's most consistently successful independent black filmmaker. Urban audiences have lined up in droves to enjoy his traditional formula of romantic, family-centered melodrama -- spiced with over-the-top, insult-hurling characters -- which he honed years ago writing plays aimed at black churchgoers.
Despite the film's popularity and its message of faith, family togetherness and perseverance against seemingly overwhelming odds, the celebration within the African American creative community has been muted, its volume registering several notches below the joyous acclaim that once greeted Lee and his contemporaries.
In fact, Perry's popularity -- and the images he has presented, particularly Madea, the gun-toting, trash-talking grandmother portrayed by Perry wearing a dress and heavy makeup -- has ignited a debate among participants and observers of the black film scene. Read on…
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
From The Seattle Times:
Local African-American chefs, who have made it a tradition to gather one night annually to cook for charity, have come to anticipate two questions. Their answers: Yes, there are lots of African-American chefs in Seattle. No, they all don't specialize in soul food.
Their "Food as Art" fundraising dinner, in its fifth year, has grown into a major culinary event, with two dozen chefs creating a smorgasbord of African fusion and traditional cuisines to showcase their culinary range.
With luminaries such as executive chefs Wayne Johnson, of Andaluca, and Daisley Gordon, of Campagne, the group has raised $277,000 the past four years to pay for dozens of performing-art shows and lectures on African-American culture for the nonprofit Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas. Read on...
So for all you brides-to-be and other beauty junkies, pick up one of Outlast All-Day Lipcolor’s 41 shades at drug stores nationwide, as well try CoverGirl's Queen Collection, designed for women of color.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The number of African Americans going under the knife for cosmetic surgery is increasing, with 847,800 surgeries performed since 2006, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
“A key take-away from this data is that the plastic surgery patient profile is changing.” The most commonly requested procedures? Nose reshaping, liposuction and breast reduction. Read on…
Saturday, March 22, 2008
* More than 20 percent now make five or more purchases in a year
* 10.9 percent make more than twelve purchases a year
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Has the slowing economy caused you to cut back on that daily latte, lower that dry cleaning bill, spend less money at the grocery, or curtail those weekly hair appointments?
If so, BuzzologySurveys would like to hear about how the current economic climate is impacting your spending. Click here to take our survey and share your thoughts!
Survey ends March 26th.
Friday, March 14, 2008
One of McDonald's top African American executives is featured in new advertising highlighting career opportunities within McDonald's.
This is the latest in an Employment Opportunity campaign that was first introduced in 2005. James Collins, Vice President and General Manager of McDonald's Greater Southwest Region, oversees marketing, finance, operations, franchising, training and human resources for over 700 restaurants located throughout Oklahoma, New Mexico, northern Texas and Arkansas.
Collins started as a McDonald's crew member back in 1976, went to work for other places and rejoined the company in 1985."I came back to McDonald's as a store management trainee because I recognized all of the opportunities that were available for me, not just at this one Cleveland-area restaurant, but also at other restaurants and the company itself."
The advertising campaign includes print ads in March issues of Rolling Out and JET magazines, and the April issue of Black Enterprise, as well as radio and online advertising, to showcase the great employment opportunities available at McDonald's. Source
Debra Smalls, creator of HPO Spa Treatments, knew first hand as a stylist that quality products were key to helping her clients maintain healthy, beautiful tresses. The St. Louis salon owner developed High Performance Organics in 2005, a line incorporating natural, all organic ingredients; she expanded last spring to include a skin care line.
Using essentials such as avocado, honey, shea butter, citrus and coconut oil, HPO not only feeds and moisturizes the hair and skin, but also “nourish your soul.” Products such as “Twisty Locs,” “Butter Drops,” and “Lemon Body Bar” have already generated buzz in magazines such as Jolie, Clutch, and YMIB.com.
Smalls, and other entrepreneurs such as her, are tapping into a very lucrative market: African American hair/beauty care - estimated to be $1.8 billion annually. She shares with BuzzologySurveys her inspiration for starting HPO as well as offers advice for those starting their own business:
* First off, we’re loving the company name HPO (Happy People Only). Tell us what inspired you to create a beauty line that incorporates natural ingredients? "My inspiration came from over fifteen years’ experience in the beauty industry…based on many perceptions, one being global warming, it has changed our environment and we need to start becoming aware of the endless possibilities, combined with traditional knowledge and therapy together."
She also shares, "so much of our resources come from nature…in creating the HPO SPA TREATMENTS product line…there are no exceptions…this product is blended with love."
* What are some of the products you offer? "Just to name a few of our top sellers…SPA Conditioning Treatment, Butter Drops, Happy Scalp, Twisty Lochs & Raw Sugar Scrub."
* With so many hair and beauty products available, how have you been able to differentiate HPO from other lines? "HPO is a product that has been created by (me, a working stylist)…who would know better based on customer demand? Other popular brands test on animals and we tested in a salon environment…our line is about treating and maintaining healthy hair & glowing skin without lanolin, petroleum...and we (also) have no sulfates in our shampoo."
* What are some of the ways you’ve been able to generate buzz for your company? "Generating buzz for HPO has been a constant effort through top magazines exposure, the internet and hard work…my customer base has been great at spreading the word…and it also helps that I sleep and eat my HPO product line to everyone I meet."
* Tell us about your other company plans for this year. "HPO plans to create a concept that will allow salons & spas an (exclusive) service that offers just hair treatments only available (through them)….it's a marketing tool for a new clientele base that focuses on healthy hair."
* If you could get your products in the hands of anyone (celebs, etc.), who would it be? "Celebrities? (It’s a) tough call since we have such a diverse line of products for most textures & hair types…Alisha Keys, Jill Scott, Paris Hilton for her line of hair extensions to reduce tangles (are a few.)"
* You talked about the passion that drove you to start your own business. Share some of the challenges you faced when creating your venture in 2005. How were you able to fund your business? "I'm blessed God gave me this gift, so challenges have been few….funding was in place when my vision began many years ago."
* What advice would you share with aspiring entrepreneurs? “Entrepreneurs, please stay true to you dreams, love what you do, and put the creator first…he has your back.”
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
With employment down, stocks in decline, the continuing sub-prime mortgage mess, and gas prices at an all time high, the slowing economy is causing many consumers to rethink their spending habits.
So if you’re cutting back on that daily latte and putting away a little extra in your savings account, BuzzologySurveys would like to hear about how the current economic climate is impacting your spending. Click here to take our survey and share your thoughts! Survey ends March 26th.
Monday, March 10, 2008
BIGresearch’s latest Simultaneous Media Survey, which partly delves into which consumers are influenced by sponsored links, reports that African Americans comprise 19.5% of those clicking on when searching for products and services online.
Life events such as preparing for college, planning a wedding and expecting a baby ranked highest for influencing consumers to view sponsored links; searching for product information when making major purchases for computers, televisions and furniture also influenced consumers to view these online ads. Read on...
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Elaine Cato, former Miss Black USA and runner-up in last year's ABC reality series “American Inventor 2,” is finally bringing her backless bra to stores.
Because of her appearance on the show, Maidenform extended a partnership offer to help Cato develop the “Breakthrough Backless Bra.” The product is being touted as “the ultimate solution for backless and low back dresses” and is available for pre-order via Maidenform.com.
Read our original post on Cato here. Source
Update 4/23: Read our interview with Elaine here.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Catch TBS’s hit series Tyler Perry’s HOUSE OF PAYNE, which returns tonight at 9 PM with back-to-back episodes.
Fans also have a chance to chat live with the cast, including Pops (LaVan Davis), Ella (Cassi Davis), Calvin (Lance Gross), and “Doc” (Malik Payne) on TBS.com starting at 11 PM.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
When I first arrived in Seattle more than two years ago, I kept hearing about this talented local R&B singer named Choklate. I don’t know who her PR people are, but those folks are definitely on the grind!
In a city that has birthed or nurtured some of the world’s best known musical talents (Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix and others), Choklate is well on her way to adding her name to an esteemed list with her soulful, melodic voice and emotionally honest lyrics.
With grooves such as “Thank You” and “Never Change” from her solid, self entitled 2006 album and new music on the way, suggest you keep an eye out for this amazing artist!
Also, if you’re in NYC this Saturday, catch her opening for neo-soul crooner Bilal at the Highline Ballroom.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
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On Saturday, in celebration of “America Saves Week,” Bank of America feted its customers, young and old, to a meet-and-greet with Chicago's own Common at the famed Navy Pier.
The financial institution promoted its “Keep the Change” program, which automatically rounds up every debit card purchase and transfers the amount into a savings account. It also honored the rapper for his philanthropic efforts and presented him with a $25,000 check for “The Common Ground Foundation,” his charity focused on empowering youth across the country. Source