ABOUT SISTERHOOD NEXT LEVEL
As women of color we should have a conversation about Sisterhood Next Level and how this universal mastermind can help us achieve unlimited growth and success. When we strive for the happiness of others, we benefit in our own lives. This is sisterhood. As founders of Black Talent TV and DAP Media Group, LLC. Patricia and I started this conversation with 10 other amazing women who own businesses and consistently grow as leaders. Sharing the wisdom of these like minded successful women in Sisterhood Next Level feels powerful and synergistic. It’s important for us to continue this conversation and challenge each other to achieve different levels of greatness.
Patricia Rivera is a founder of DAP Media Group, LLC. and BlackTalent TV. DAP Media Group, LLC. is a women owned digital media and production company focused on creating and sharing beautiful diverse brands that influence and inspire others to create change. Patricia has 30 years of business development experience,15 years of broadcasting experience with traditional and non-traditional media outlets. Patricia is a co-author, speaker and influencer. She loves networking and connecting people and spends a lot of her time educating millennial filmmakers and empowering other business owners to live purposeful lives. Living, loving and always dancing is how she chooses to live her life.
Diana McCray is a founder of DAP Media Group, LLC. and Black Talent TV. She brings to the platforms a marketing and communications background with many years managing PR and marketing departments for Fortune 500 companies. She previously owned a public relations and marketing company that focused on the entertainment industry in New York where she provided marketing, publicity and management for entertainers.
Diana’s accomplishments include co-authoring 2 books, coaching and mentoring millennial fillmmakers and hosting a successful internet radio show with her business partner Patricia Rivera. Currently, Diana manages Black Talent TV, a subsidiary of Dap Media Group, LLC. with Patricia. She is executive producer on a few projects and will soon be hosting a new digital talk show. Diana advocates for diversity in film, media and entertainment. Diana is a volunteer for SGI USA, a world wide peace organization where she serves as a Vice Region Rep for Long Island.
Camille Friend is an Emmy-nominated Hollywood dynamo. She has created Hair Scholars, hands-on workshops and seminars that give a behind-the-scenes look at the role of hairstylist on a set and provide training in specialty skills for the film and TV business. In this era of celebrity hair stylists and makeup artists, Los Angeles based Camille Friend is one to watch. As long as she can remember, she has always wanted to be in the beauty business. By 26, she was on her way to becoming a forerunner in the Film and TV industry.
Camille’s current credits run the spectrum of film, television, print and music videos. Some of her film credits include: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, Dreamgirls, The Help, Pursuit of Happyness, Rock of Ages, Django Unchained, Hunger Games–Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Miles Ahead, The Hateful Eight, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and most recently: Captain Marvel, The New Mutants, Us, and Charlie’s Angels. Her ingenious talents reflect her ability to design and groom period looks that require her expertise with lace front wigs. Camille has worked with such talent as: Elizabeth Banks, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Christophe Waltz, Jennifer Lawrence, Don Cheadle, Lupita Nyong’o, Octavia Spencer, Sarah Chalke and Julianne Hough, to name a few.
What’s next for this star on the rise? Teaching masterclasses through her company Hair Scholars, wig/product development and speaking engagements worldwide.
Donna Walker-Kuhne is President of Walker International Communications Group, a 30 year old boutique marketing and audience development consulting agency. She provides consulting services to numerous arts organizations throughout the world and has generated over $23m in earned income. She is also the Senior Advisor of Community Engagement for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is a veteran of over 25 Broadway productions which currently includes Disney on Broadway and Once on this Island. Her nonprofit clients include Restoration Art, 2econd Stage Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance USA and The Apollo Theater. She is co-founder of Impact Broadway a multicultural project that engages over 300 students as audience members for Broadway with the goal to empower this community to be economic drivers of new audiences for the Broadway Theater district. She is a lecturer and key note presenter for arts conferences in Moscow, Russia, Blomfontein, South Africa, University of Berlin, AMA Conference in Edinburgh and Australian Arts Conferences.
Ms. Walker-Kuhne is the recipient of over 50 numerous awards, proclamations and citations. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and Bank Street College. She is a facilitator for the National Youth Arts and Humanities Program. She serves on several boards including The National Theater Conference, Newark Arts Council, HARLEM WEEK and The Harlem Arts Alliance. She is vice-chair of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Arts, Culture and Entertainment Committee.
Her first book, Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community, was published in 2005. She has a weekly blog, Arts and Culture Connections that explores cultural efforts to expand diverse audiences. Ms. Walker-Kuhne is a volunteer with the SGI-USA, a world wide peace organization serving as Vice Director for New York.
LECIA BIANCA CLAY
Lecia Bianca Clay was born and raised in Essex County. She always had a passion for fashion and extraordinary style. She decided to take on the Big Apple, and study at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology. While studying at Fashion Institute of Technology, she was awarded the opportunity to travel to Europe learning the import, and export business in London, Florence, Paris, and Rome. After graduating with an applied science, and bachelor degree she then began working as a buyer for Bonwit Tellers, in New York City. Traveling the world buying not only jewelry, but other luxury items, Lecia soon became top buyer, and began winning awards year after year, and was one of the most sought after international buyers of all times. Because of that passion, she decided to build a career as an entrepreneur.
Now as a certified, and expert jeweler, she opened a jewelry galleria full of jewels and accessories by Lecia Bianca. She now has a newly designed showroom called Lecia Bianca Jewels which has won the award for Business Development & Design, in the cities of Bloomfield, Glenridge, and Belleville, New Jersey.
As the founder of Women That Win Foundation, Lecia realized after experiencing a major break up of 17 years that she had nowhere to go for help. She quickly found out that working, successful women are looked down upon when in need of free assistance. Women That Win Foundation will be the force behind professional, and successful women in the struggles of life. Together we will stand strong, and come out Winners!
Asha Tarry is a certified life coach and licensed psychotherapist. As a treating provider, Asha has the expertise and skill to transform lives. The work she provides as a life coach to individuals, couples, groups and small business entrepreneurs is based in the philosophy that we all need each other to grow and develop as human beings. Asha’s unique approach to life coaching is based on an innate desire to see people succeed and live a life by design, with love and purpose! She is curious, transparent, and supportive of her clients in fulfilling their goals. And with almost 18 years of experience in the industry of social services, who would expect anything less?
As a psychotherapist, Asha has provided counseling to hundreds of clients with challenges in several areas of their lives, including intergenerational trauma, immigrant assimilation and acculturation, sexual, psychological and physical abuse, severe mental illness, and workplace aggression, just to list a few. She has been called upon to discuss mental health issues to both small and large audiences as an expert on health panels, a guest on national radio broadcasts and as a writer & consultant for publications and special projects, including films.
In her spare time, Asha devotes her time to independent learning, self development, social justice and mental health awareness, caring for aging relatives, and traveling. As someone who loves to learn and advance the well-being of others, particularly people of the African diaspora, Asha doesn’t slow down to the stressors of the world. Always looking to develop her identity as a change agent and community leader, she hopes to one day travel the globe doing philanthropic work for women and children, aiding in the healing of the traumatic experience of being black in America and the world.
For me, sisterhood has been an interesting journey, starting as early in my career as college, having had great sister-friends who’ve helped me become a better me. And professionally too, I know that much of the success I’ve had in my career has been a result of the sister-friends, women mentors and colleagues in my life. Women who want to see me rise want to see us all rise. Being a psychotherapist and life coach can be rewarding and at times, challenging. It’s good to have women in my life, both in and outside of my industry with whom I can talk and share parts of my life, my work, my journey and my joys. And with their pure heart, they have been there to cheer me on, remember me and help memorialize my work so that we all can be better at living together as a community! For that, I am truly grateful. My sister is my keeper. As I am hers!
Tachelle Wilkes is a writing enthusiast; she is an award winning writer who holds an MA in American Literature. Tachelle has over 15 years of experience as a writer and teacher. She has written for various publications such as Vibe, Yahoo, One World and garnered the attention of O Magazine. She is the author of Amanda’s Ray, an inspirational novel for teens and has been in the entertainment industry for over ten years. She later became founder of Femmixx a movement & online magazine dedicated to uplifting women. Amiably called the Home of Female Music Producers, DJs & Emcees. Wilkes directed and executive produced “Lady Beat Makers Vol. 1,” a documentary on female urban music producers where she received an Impact of Women in Hip Hop Award for the groundbreaking documentary at the Hip Hop Culture Center located in Harlem. She has opened for KRS-One and Doug E. Fresh and has been featured in media such as Scratch Magazine, Amsterdam Newspaper, BBC Radio, WWRL Radio, ABC News, and NBC. Presently, Tachelle runs The Chantilly Writing Boutique Agency and ivynoire.com. a multi-culti lifetsyle online magazine for women. Tachelle continues to create inspiring projects for women and is working diligently on a TV pilot.
CR Capers is the CEO of Harlem Film House, a 501(c)(3) organization that operates year round with film festivals, workshops, theatre productions, live events and business consulting to filmmakers and content creators in underserved communities around the world. The Harlem Film House creates an economic ecosystem by providing filmmakers with funding for film projects while also offering educational services to ensure longevity in their careers in film, theater and their entrepreneurial pursuits within the industry. CR is also the founder of the Hip Hop Film Festival.
Dr. Nathalie Guillaume is an alumni of the University of Miami where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Foreign Languages. She holds a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, and a Clinical Doctorate in Pain Management & Oncology from Bastyr University. She specializes in lifestyle medicine with an emphasis on nutrition, meditation and Qi Gong, and is dedicated to promoting the benefits of holistic health to the community. She is currently adjunct faculty for the Graduate School of Oriental Medicine at the New York College of Health Professions and practices in New York City where she is the CEO and Medical Director of Healing Happy Hour.