Author’s Corner: Meet Sylvia Hubbard (Part two)
Oct23

Author’s Corner: Meet Sylvia Hubbard (Part two)

ColorBlind Magazine continues its interview with Detroit author Sylvia Hubbard.  Enjoy learning more about her love for writing and literacy.   Compiled by Leah T. (Johnson) Olajide  CB: Why are writing and literacy important to you and how do you translate that to others when you write/give presentations, etc? SH: Writing and literacy efforts are important to be because I’ve felt and been blessed by the power of knowing how to read and write and I want others to be blessed as well. I’ve always believed with the power of words one can do magnificent things, go majestic places and become incredible moguls. I work hard in my Detroit community to spread the education and passion I have on writing and reading, give presentations with the encouragement that my participants can really become a bestselling author and push books to the reading community in hopes to raise literacy levels. CB: Has there been a time you have second-guessed one of your published writings? If so, how did you handle it? SH: [ It was my] first real review on my first published novel Dreams of Reality. I was biting my nails for a good three months second guessing my work and just not being able to write until they put the review up. By that time, my fingers felt like they were down to a nub, but the reviewer had enjoyed my work and gave me four stars. A week later, I received a rejection letter from a publisher. They said my writing was elementary and I had too many characters. This was for my third novel, Stealing Innocence. Internally and spiritually, I fell lower than before and really didn’t want to write. I put the story online for .99cent deciding no one on earth would buy this book, but what the heck. It was completed and I just felt I might as well see what others thought about it. It was the first time I put a book online myself and didn’t expect much. Three nights later, I received a text message that I received money from Paypal. Money can lift anyone’s spirit! From that lesson I learned that my writing is not going to appeal to everyone, but it will appeal to someone. And don’t be afraid to put yourself out there because if you like what you’re doing, someone else will too & will pay you for that passion. CB:  What keeps you passionate about writing? SH: The power to tell a story, captivate a mind, entertain or get someone from their own world for just a moment brings a smile to my lips. I’m passionate about...

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Author’s Corner: Meet Sylvia Hubbard
Oct16

Author’s Corner: Meet Sylvia Hubbard

ColorBlind Magazine is featuring Sylvia Hubbard- a local author, blogger, and entrepreneur. In part 1 of the interview she shares how she got her start in writing among other things… Interview compiled by Leah T. (Johnson) Olajide ColorBlind Magazine: How and when did you know you were going to make writing your career?  Sylvia Hubbard: I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I would say I wanted to make a career out of writing was the first time I held my oldest daughter. I wanted to show her when you have dreams and goals and you work hard for them, you can make whatever you desire come true. I made a promise to myself I didn’t want my children to look at me as a hypocrite. Holding those six pounds in my hands, I swore, I would become the writer I wanted to be, no matter how much work it would take. CB: Do you ever feel pressure to be better than your competition because you are an African American writer? And on that note, do you perhaps feel you can write from a different perspective because of being an African American writer? SH: Actually, yes, I’ve felt pressure because I was African American AND a woman. My counterparts often had it easy, while I’ve had to prove myself a good high suspense romance author. Bringing urban made it more difficult because people never think there’s meaning to madness when it happens in the city. The majority of my books take place in Detroit, and there’s still motive behind all murder no matter where it happens. Yet, being from Detroit, a woman and African American, you get a flavor in my stories you can’t find anywhere else. Kind of like that Motown Magic, but in a book. CB: Talk more about the blogs that you manage and describe your proudest moment as a writer. SH: My blogs, other than my literary blog on my website consist of 1) MotownWriters.com, where I dole literary news, events and education, 2) HowToEbook.org, where I give information on how to publish ebooks, market all books and up to date publishing news authors need to know & 3) HowToLoveABlackWoman.com & MotownMomMusings.com, where I speak about the world of being single, give encouraging advice to myself and others & share motherly advice and inner wisdom on how to raise children in an urban environment. My proudest moment of being a writer was when I was given an I’m Every Woman Award for being an exceptional woman and sharing my love for writing and reading in Metro Detroit, about the time my oldest daughter was...

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Are You My Mommy?
Oct09

Are You My Mommy?

ColorBlind Magazine Co-Founder Veronica Johnson is soon to give birth to her first child! Below she shares what she looks forward to about being a mom. Compiled by Leah T. (Johnson) Olajide/ ColorBlind Magazine Editor  ColorBlind Magazine: What are you most looking forward to about being a mom? Veronica Johnson: I would say being able to play a part in shaping the foundation of a person from the time he is born is one of the many things I am most looking forward to. Brian and I always talk about what kind of person we think our son will be and what kind of man he will become, but I know a majority of how he turns out will have to do with how we raise our son. So just being able to be a part of determining the kind of person Eli will be is going to be such a joy to experience. And of course I’m looking forward to spoiling him as well (smile) even though I know I can’t do it all the time because I don’t want him to think he is always going to get what he wants.   CB: How did you feel the moment you found out you were pregnant? VJ: It was definitely a surreal moment. When I found out I was actually already almost 5 weeks along, so I was really surprised that there was a new life in me this whole time and I had no idea. But I was really overcome with joy, and of course the first person I told was Brian and then my mom who was ecstatic lol. He had a feeling I was pregnant but I was so nervous about telling anyone else until I actually went to the doctor and had it confirmed. I guess I didn’t want to get too excited and then find out I wasn’t actually pregnant. But it was definitely an array of emotions going through my head as soon as the test came back positive. I am really blessed to be going through this experience and cannot wait to meet my little man. CB: What advice (either recent or old) has your mom given you that you look forward to using on/sharing with your son? VJ: My mom definitely taught me to be independent and that is a trait I will be sure to instill in my son from an early age because it will really be helpful to him as he gets older and matures more. One piece of advice she gave me just in terms of when Eli is a baby is to get him to...

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YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola
Apr19

YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola

Interview Conducted by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine Part 3 of 3: Youtube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola CB Mag: Many of us see extravagant weddings. How do you advise brides to stay focused? WM: Everyone wants a lavish wedding. What I always tell people is remember you’re going to spend all that money on one day, everyone comes, eats, drinks, and has a good time, but no one goes home with you. It’s just you and your husband. The wedding is just one day. That day is going to go very fast. You don’t want to start fighting your husband because of money. And you don’t want to marry the wrong person because you want to have the “wedding of life”, as we Nigerians call it. If you can’t afford a Vera Wang dress, get an imitation dress.  If you can’t afford a 7 tier cake, get a dummy cake!  Life is too short for all of this. If you don’t have the money, it’s not worth it. Focus on the end goal which is your marriage and cut your coat according to your cloth. CB Mag: If you could plan one wedding, whose would it be? WM: If I could plan one wedding- it would be my best friend’s wedding- Nene Ntofon. She went above and beyond for my wedding. She did so much to the extent that my in-laws remember her. She took on the role of a sister and a wedding planner, and a way of me making her day beautiful is a way to repay her for all she did for my wedding. For me, planning a wedding is a personal thing, and I’ve known her since I was 7 or 8. So I could put sooo much personal touch into it. The other person would be an actress in Nigeria named Dorcas Shola Fapson She seems to be so much fun, like her snapchat is life. I’d like to plan her wedding because her wedding would be a turn up! I feel like planning a wedding like that will be so much fun, grand, tasteful but fun. CB Mag: What is your advice to young women preparing for marriage? WM: Marriage is not easy. It’s not a walk in the park. Young people need to ask themselves– Am I built for marriage? As a woman– am I confident, motivated, hard-working? A man will respect you when you have your own thing going for you. My advice- find yourself. Know who you are. Be confident and have goals. Love yourself.Also, be patient. Don’t expect it to be all butterflies. My brother told me to look...

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YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola
Apr18

YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola

Interview conducted by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine (Part 2 of Weddings, Beauty, and YouTube with Wura Manola) CB Mag: What is your personal definition of beauty? And how do you work to portray this? WM: Uniqueness. I am obsessed with people who are able to stand out, whether it’s fashion or makeup, etc. Being confident in your own skin is also my definition. Everyone else is taken so you have to be yourself. I portray this in that I try to be unique. I don’t like looking like everyone else, so I try to dye my hair a different color. I have had grey hair, blonde hair, red hair. I love standing out. As women, we have so many issues that we are fighting in the world, such as equality,  hating your body should not be one of them. CB Mag: Do the standards of beauty differ in Nigeria and the UK? If so, how? WM: The standards of beauty definitely differ. In Nigeria, you are considered beautiful if you are light skinned. But, here in the UK, no one cares about that! I prefer the standards of beauty in the UK because here, it’s about how you put yourself together (i.e. your health, fashion sense, your hair etc.), which are all these are things you have control over. But if people define your beauty by how light your skin color is it’s harder because changing your skin color is more complicated than going on a diet or changing your wardrobe. I would say Nigeria has a lot to work on. I feel that the craze of being light-skinned to be beautiful in Nigeria is so backwards and needs to go away because it’s doing a lot of damage to women causing them to bleach their skin and it’s going to affect the younger generation. This isn’t that all Nigerians feel this way, and it’s not in ALL of Nigeria. Please know that it’s not a generalization. CB Mag: Has it always been this way? WM: Yes, because when I look at my mom’s generation and aunt I can see that some of them have bleached. They talked about it was the “in” thing. But I think the difference then is that it was a trend, but now I think it’s borderline discrimination. I’ve heard of men in Nigeria say that if you’re dark you’re dirty. There’s also an article in the newspaper about why a light skinned woman would make a better wife. Things like this baffle me. I wouldn’t want my child to grow up in a country that she thinks she’s ugly because she is dark...

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YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola
Apr17

YouTube, Beauty, and Weddings with Wura Manola

Interview Conducted by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine All things related to weddings excite Nigerian YouTuber, Blogger, Vlogger, Wedding Planner, and Stylist Wura Manola who’s destined to become a force to be reckoned with in the wedding industry. On her YouTube Channel Get Wedding Ready she discusses how to save money while planning a wedding, wedding day beauty tips and tutorials, how to select your wedding party, and much more! In addition to her love for weddings, Wura is confident in her own skin as a woman. This, she believes, is the standard of beauty more women need to set for themselves. Learn more about Wura in this exclusive interview as she talks about beauty, weddings, marriage, self- esteem, and social media.   ColorBlind Magazine: What is the benefit of being a YouTuber? Wura Manola: One of the benefits of being a YouTuber is being able to reach a larger audience. I started off blogging about my wedding journey, and I got frustrated because I only got 500 or 600 views. I felt like I was writing and no one is reading my blogs. So, I asked myself ‘how can I reach more people?’ and that’s when I decided to start my YouTube channel. Now I reach people all over the world from places like Hawaii, France, Ghana, Gambia, Germany, Jamaica, United States. For me, reaching that amount of people is one of the greatest benefits and connecting with people from all over the world Also, I’m recognized as a voice in the African wedding industry. People send me emails asking my opinion, which I feel is good because it shows I’m making an impact. I’ve only been doing it for 7 months and have almost 2,000 subscribers. I’m not at the point that I can quit my full-time job, but the recognition and reaching a larger audience and growing my brand have been benefits of being a YouTuber. CB Mag: How has YouTube helped you market your brand as a wedding planner, entrepreneur and blogger? WM: YouTube has played a great deal in marketing because I showcase my work; I put up work of weddings I’ve done, and my wedding. It’s free marketing for myself. I receive lots of emails from people asking me to plan their wedding. As an entrepreneur, it’s helping me build my brand as a wedding planner, YouTuber, and wedding blogger. In addition, I’ve been asked by people to be interviewed and to collaborate with them and to blog about their services. CB Mag: Behind the glamour and fame of YouTube comes challenges. What have been your challenges? WM: This is a difficult question because...

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Beauty, Style, and Snacks!!
Dec06

Beauty, Style, and Snacks!!

Filmed by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  Hi Everyone!! Please enjoy my latest video as I share some of my favorites from the month of November!

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October Favorites!!!
Nov02

October Favorites!!!

Filmed by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  Hi My wonderful readers! My October favorites video is here!! Hope you enjoy!!  

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September 2016 Faves!!
Oct15

September 2016 Faves!!

Hi Everyone!   I almost forgot to post this video!! Please enjoy!!  

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More Hair, Don’t Care!!
Sep25

More Hair, Don’t Care!!

Filmed By Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine (guest appearance by Lena Johnson) In this video my sister and I share some new styles we are excited to try!

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