Entrepreneurship Doize Canada the Brand to watch out for! Published 4 years ago on 19/10/2017 By Melanin Wonder Can you introduce yourself? Hello my name is Francoise Kemayi, I am 27 years old, wife and mother of three. I am the co-owner of Doize Canada. The creations of our brand come from a joint work between me and Dido Tshibuy who is my partner in life and in business. I am originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a country located in Central Africa. At the age of three, my parents and I moved to Senegal, West Africa where I received my primary and secondary education. After High School, I moved to Canada to pursue a college degree in accounting. The Ivary handbag is the perfect accessory to bring some Colours to your outfit When did you start designing? Designing has always been a hobby for me. When I was little my mom had a tailoring shop at home with people working for her. When I was bored from playing in the backyard I would go to the tailoring shop to beg my mom or her employees to show me how to make pretty little dresses for my dolls. This is the way my mom to pander to my whim taught me how to saw. At the beginning I was just doing it to dress my dolls with cute stuffs. It is only at age 14 that designing captivated me for good. I used to read fashion magazines such as vogue, Elle, Femme Actuelle… it was amazing for me to see all these celebrities such as Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Miriam Makeba… beautifully dressed. I was dreaming that one day some famous people would do me the honour of wearing an item of my creative creation. Shoe from the Doize Canada line What other passions do you have in life? A lot of things passionate me such as reading, listening to music, watching movies and cartoons and eating good food. When it comes to food I have a special preference for Senegalese and Congolese food. I have had the privilege to live between two different African cultures and therefore I enjoy both the culinary culture of my home country and of my adopted country. If you would like to try a West African food I would suggest you to try the thiebou yapp (rice of beef) which is very popular with the Senegalese and is usually cooked with beef (or lamb) and rice and garnished with green olives or cooked black eyed peas. As you can see I am a real food enthusiast. Doize Canada dress on beautiful model Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? In 5 years I see Doize not only recognized in Africa or Canada but worldwide as well. Doize is the African folklore inviting itself into the most prestigious catwalk show. If Doize was a book our first collection would be the preface, a foretaste of enchanting things to come. Doize Canada – www.doizecanada.ca Doize Canada – www.doizecanada.ca What more can we expect from u this coming year? This coming year we are going to keep on doing what we do best: surprising people by trying to give free reign to our imagination and carte blanche to our fantasies. I hope that you are ready because we are going to take you on a trip to Africa by making few stopovers outside our beloved continent through completely jaw-dropping designs. New materials will be used but as you already know Africa will keep on being in the centre of our creative universe. Where do you get your inspiration from? Doize is definitely the fruits of its influences. I get my inspiration from the books I read, the music I listen to such as the Congolese rumba or Afrobeats, the beaches of Dakar ( the capital of Senegal) where one can eat fresh grilled fish, dance to rhythm of the djembe (a drum which is one of west Africa’s best known instrument) the yellow and black cabs of my home town among other things. I could keep on enumerating things that inspire me but I would never finish. the volume of things that inspire me is so high. What does Melanin mean to you? For us, the melanin is not just the pigments present in the hair, skin, and eyes of a person, in an Afro context, in our context, it is indeed way more than that: it is the enhancement of African and Afro-descendant cultures through different platforms and way of expressions. Do you think that a platform like Melanin Wonder is necessary? We do not only believe that a platform such as Melanin Wonder is necessary, we do believe that it is a more than necessary platform because it raises the profile of black small businesses and gives the opportunity to up and coming artist to tell a little about themselves and their arts. 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I say this not to imply we lived on a farm and milked cows but basically Shreveport as a city was far behind what Houston was in terms of modern black culture like fashion, music etc. Upon arriving to Houston I really started to think I was living on BET because everything and everyone was so cool and fashion forward lol. My brother, sister and I played most sports growing up to stay busy and I think that is probably where I grew to love Fitness. What are you passionate about? I am extremely, extremely, extremely, passionate about inspiring change in others. I would say I simply love to see people change their bodies or achieve their fitness goals, because I’m a personal trainer, but it’s so much deeper than that. For me it’s all about helping others understand what can be done with a little effort. Nothing and no one can make me feel as I do in the moment that someone who I talked to previously about where I see them going with their body remembers that conversation while presently living in that body we talked about in the past. I own a personal training studio where I conduct one-on-one sessions with clients and sure we talk about fitness but it is not uncommon for us to also talk about other life goals, in-fact we probably talk about more life coaching type things than anything else, I really just enjoy helping people reach their full potential in every facet of life. Aaron ripped in front of a grafitti wall What is your profession? My profession is complex but if I had to label it I would say I am an entrepreneur because I create things. Currently I am operating as personal trainer in my personal training studio but I have goals of becoming a motivational speaker and I also plan to start a few non-profits and other business outside of fitness. How long have you owned ur fitness business? By the grace of God my business has been open for almost 3 years. I started Almost PerFit Fitness after graduating from University of Houston and having a hard time finding what I considered a “real job”. I was still working for a local gym as a personal trainer and as a very broke post-college grad I figured that there was no better time to start a business than at the bottom, that way me and Almost PerFit Fitness( the business) literally would grow together. With no real business plan I simply started training clients on the side in parks for less than what they would pay at the gym but was able to pocket more than what the gym was paying me. As business grew I decided to rent a space add some fitness equipment “wollah” i was in business on your own. Aaron at the beach rocking his sunglasses How do make sure your clients eat healthy? I usually cannot really control how my clients eat so once I design the meal plan best tailored to their needs I focus on making sure they understand how eating wrong can impact their fitness goals. I’ve found that the more they understand the better their food decisions would be. I weigh my clients in weekly to track progress towards or away from their goal and then make adjustments. Why start your own business? I would now presently answer this question with “why not?” but honestly I never considered working for myself until I realized that I was worth more than what someone was willing to pay me to do a job I could create on my own. It is actually something I heard “Master P” of No Limit records say about his decision to start independent. I don’t think entrepreneurship is for everyone but it is definitely worth a shot if you are passionate about adding value to someone’s life with a service or product. Aaron rocking his Powerful Beard Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? In five years I see myself in the fitness industry. I actually plan to remain in the industry for the rest of my life but as a trainer to trainers as opposed to simply a trainer. I would like to have a larger platform to help more people in various ways. Do you have other hobbies or crazy habits? Aside from working out I really enjoy photography. I actually do most of my own photography for promotional flyers, social media marketing etc with a Nikon D330. I’m a self professed student to the craft and I’m also actively learning more about editing software. Me and my girlfriend are learning a few actually to help with our couples YouTube channel. I have one habit that I think is pretty crazy, I am constantly stretching my body trying to get comfortable from multiple weekly workouts. I’ll be in bed literally popping and stretching until I finally fall asleep. It’s actually pretty common in the bodybuilding world and I wouldn’t say it’s painful but at every opportunity I feel the need to stretch my muscles/joints out I am probably going to stop everything I’m doing and do it, it’s weird but it feels so necessary. Other than that I’m just a guy .*lol* Check out his Instagram for more about his business and some stunning pictures! Aaron West entrepreneur and health coach melaninwonderofficial Issa talent spotted by Melanin Wonder WAUW Editing Friday crush and photographical highlight• @jpwp Melanin Wonder Team is feeling Good 🤩🤩 How d Rocnation launches a new Fashion and talent Platfo @_ifrahhh SHE DOES IT AGAIN!!💋💪🏾🤌🏾• @kihmbe Load More... Follow on Instagram Tweet Continue Reading Entrepreneurship Why I speak their names Published 7 months ago on 16/05/2021 By Danitzah Jacobs I don’t know sh&^%t My life as an entrepreneur started around thirteen years ago. A know-it-all 29-year-old young woman. Mother of three children. Two biological and one bonus. I had this very idealistic idea and nobody could tell me otherwise. Well, after falling flat on my face a couple of times and many sleepless nights, disappointments and heartaches came the realization that maybe I didn’t know it all at all……in fact that maybe I don’t know sh&^%t. This was a tough pill to swallow What I came to realize is that entrepreneurship is one of the most spiritual journeys you will ever be on. There is nowhere to hide, nobody to blame. You have to self-reflect on a regular, be open to change your way….basically stepping out of your own way. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Grief the people you lose along the way. Be accountable for your failures so you can transform them into success. All this and much more but the most important part is being clear about your why! Cause let me tell you guys something, there will be many many moments that you will declare yourself to be crazy for continuing. In all honesty, to be an entrepreneur you got to have a bit of crazy in you. I know that’s right! (In Sawaeetie’s voice) What will sustain you through the moments when you are frustrated, disappointed, or have to cry yourself to sleep is your purpose. It may sound like a cliche but it’s my testimony. My purpose was to be part of a movement, built companies to provide opportunities for ourselves so we can create them for our children. In July 2010 I wrote a poem explaining my Why. At the time we were a group of black women, mothers working together in realizing our dreams. It is because of you today WE RISE!!!! I dedicated this poem to my children and the women I was working with at the time. I would like to share it with you. It’s called We speak your names. We speak your names Tariq, Iyanla, Hakim, Glenn, Roli, Dwayne, Omar, Jaden, Musa, Angelina, Hadjia, Euson, Iluminee, Uriel, Khadian, Lakisha, Kimani, Melanta, Rayla, Donna, Gillion, Brandon, and all the other ones. We realize that we stand on the shoulders of the ones who came before us, as we are making way for the ones coming after us. We take our own responsibility so that you can stand upon our shoulders. It is for you that today we day we refuse to remain in the victim role and to be content with a marginal existence. It is for you who are growing up in these beautiful neighborhoods that we say; enough is enough. Enough with the labels of disadvantaged. It is for you that today, now (!) we stand up and act together to move forward. Because our dream for you is that you have freedom of choice. That your zip code doesn’t determine your study advice. In ten or twenty years there must be a business network consisting of successful companies in various industries where you can have internships, get jobs, and/or subsequent take over companies. It is because of you today WE RISE!!!! Fast forward to 2021 and look at all the amazing black-owned business networks. Baba Kwabena told me in my early twenties that a self-respecting community should own the three E’s: Education, Economics & Enforcement. WE may still have a long road ahead of us but we are slowly but surely on our way. For the new entrepreneurs make sure you are clear of your why. Your purpose. Trust me there will be moments on your journey that it’s the only thing you have to hold on to. Hold on to it and keep on RISING. Our children need you. Speak their names and a new reality for them into existence. Ashé Tweet Continue Reading Culture Angel Rich the Melanin Wonder named to be “The next Steve Jobs” by Forbes!! Published 8 months ago on 01/04/2021 By Melanin Wonder Angel Rich “The Next Steve Jobs” Angel Rich, from Washington, DC, has developed a very innovative app called Credit Stacker that teaches students about personal finance, credit management skills, and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. The app is so popular that 200,000 people (and growing) downloaded it to their smartphones and tablets within just two weeks of its launch. Melanin Wonder Angel was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hampton University. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Way to represent her Melanin self! She briefly worked as a global market research analyst for Prudential, where she conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies. She says that during her time there, she helped the company generate more than $6 billion in revenue. She resigned, however in 2013, to start her own company, The Wealth Factory. Remarkably, the app has been named the “best financial literacy product in the country” by the Office of Michelle Obama, the “best learning game in the country” by the Department of Education, and the “best solution in the world for reducing poverty” by JP Morgan Chase. It has won first place in several business competitions including the Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition and the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition. Angel has won more than $50,000 in business grants with her efforts. Her company’s Credit Stacker app is available in four languages and in 40 countries and is rapidly approaching 1 million downloads. Although the app is free for users to download, the revenue model is to generate money on the back-end from advertisers in addition to existing contracts. She also has a partnership with the D.C. Dept of Insurance, Securities, and Banking. In time, other major financial companies like NASDAQ, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Wells Fargo, and more will likely want to get on board as well https://www.melaninwonder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Angel-Rich-Interview.mp4 Download the Credit Stacker app from the iTunes App store here, visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/creditstacker/id1130346776 Download the Credit Stacker app from the Google Play app store now, visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.capital.creditstacker Follow Melanin Wonder Angel Rich on Facebook and visit www.facebook.com/wealthylifers Tweet Continue Reading JOIN THE TEAM!Reach Thousands of PeopleLike The Page! Tweet Us Now!Tweets by Melanin_Wonder Trending Entrepreneurship1 month ago Aaron West, extremely passionate about inspiring change in others Fashion3 weeks ago Easy Headwraps by AfricanFabs is the game-changer for Natural Hair Culture1 week ago RiRi honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.