All Posts By

Jade Williams


Our Intern’s Big Day! Jade Interviews For BET College Tour Hosting Gig

Guess who auditioned to be a host for BET’s College Tour at the best HBCU in the land (Jackson State University, of course)?

Well you guessed it, ME!

BET just wrapped up its annual college tour of 14 historically black colleges, where the network visits the campus and hosts free activities such as games, concerts, and fun filled entertainment for the students to get involved.

They hosted auditions Thursday for a host to represent the current school and I was excited about the opportunity to showcase my talent! I along with about 20 other contestants got the courage to audition, in front of all the other contestants by the way! If you didn’t know, I aspire to become a television host and radio/TV personality, so of course I figured this was my shot!

Unfortunately I didn’t make it past the first round (yikes) but I’m OK with that!

My spirits aren’t down or broken. I take this as a learning opportunity and will take notes for what to do next time. This was my first audition and definitely won’t be my last. To be successful you must not be afraid to fail but try, try again! Congrats to whomever the winner was!

Style & Beauty

Tips For Tailgating With Style

Wanna look cute and tailgate in style? It’s simple!

The trends this season are probably things you already have in your closet like flannel shirts, skater skirts, infinity scarves, cardigans, button down blue jean shirts, a kimono, ripped jeans, skinny leg jeans, knee socks, flats, and danty tennis shoes, combat, knee-high or ankle boots just to name a few.

Homecoming is coming up for many schools and if you haven’t gotten your tailgating wardrobe together, here are a few tips to make sure you look fab while representing for your team.

Style Tip 1

Try pairing a white crop muscle tee, with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, ankle boots, and a flannel shirt tied around the waist.

Style Tip 2

A fall color to accentuate your lips (Ruby Woo by MAC paired with Dark Moth lip liner, Heroine by MAC, or Sin by MAC), a little eye liner and mascara can also go a long way!

Style Tip 3

Don’t forget to style your hair however you may choose. It could be anything from bone straight, loose curls, or a high bun.


If you want to show your school spirit, you can still be stylish. Here’s how!

School Spirit Style Tip 1

Pick a school shirt of your choice and pair with a skater skirt (any material like faux leather, denim or cotton) or pair with high-waist pants.

School Spirit Style Tip 2

Pair your ensemble with some dainty white tennis shoes, converse, combat boots or wedges to kick it up a notch.

School Spirit Style Tip 3

Can’t forget your make-up! A little eye liner and mascara works wonder and a nude lip (Fresh Brew by MAC is my fav!) will suffice.

School Spirit Style Tip 4

Your  hair is everything! So style it however you like with the suggestions listed above for guidance.

Don’t forget to have FUN and be Y-O-U! Don’t lose yourself in the trend. YOU wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you!

Lifestyle, She's A Boss

She’s A Boss :: Cardiolistics Dance & Fitness Instructor Cy Wright

The “She’s A Boss” series is all about women in leadership positions. Women are not celebrated enough for their amazing and one-of-a-kind accomplishments. We’re using our platform to shine light on some very talented and intelligent ladies working toward (and realizing) their dreams. Not only will you have an opportunity to learn about them, you will also get to learn from them as they share their business advice and pointers on how to maintain balance.

Women are no longer in the shadows of men and only fulfilling domestic roles in the house. It’s a new millennium and women are breaking every mold and all the boundaries. Women are now CEOs and entrepreneurs and for this week’s She’s A Boss feature we’re highlighting fitness trainer, C L Wright of Cardiolistics, LLC. Check out our inspiring and motivating chat with her below.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What inspires you to dance?
C Y Wright: My need for expression inspires me to dance. I’ve always felt the need to be expressive and understood. It’s as though there’s something inside of me that I’m trying to convey and show the world. There are times as and when I feel opposite. I don’t always feel a part of the world, so I formulate my own world to exist and evolve in, its how I develop and grow. Dancing and teaching dance has given me the most fulfillment out of life thus far.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: How do you feel about the new dance show, Bring It, featuring our very own Diana Williams and the Dancing Dolls?
CW: I think it’s awesome! I think it’s long overdue! I’m so glad that people are finally getting a chance to be knowledgeable on a genre outside of the norm. I feel it highlights the talent that lives within the south and this genre of dance will one day add to the legacy of our Black history and I feel that Diana will be one of the people leaving a mark not only in black history, but in women and in dance. There are so many things to say about the TV show, about the dance line, about the perception of it, and about Diana as an instructor. All of these things are thriving and positive. It’s just magnificent and a long awaited blessing.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Living and being from a small city, what gives you the motivation to keep dancing?
CW: I don’t require motivation to continue dancing. I don’t have a choice! Dance is something that enters you and won’t be suppressed. Being from a small city only limits the touch of your extremities. It doesn’t inhibit you from physically dancing. An audience isn’t always required to be received. It becomes something personal that you love and you just…dance!

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Can someone who doesn’t technically know how to dance be taught? Or is it just a natural skill that you learned?
CW: Yes, you can be taught to dance! I can teach ANYONE to dance – doesn’t matter their circumstance. What’s natural about it is being able to catch the change in rhythms and beats. Some people have a musical ear. I picked up reading music and playing instruments at a young age so that became natural to me. But even natural talents have to be nurtured through practice. The most important word in dance is practice!

photo 3

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you have a diet regimen that you follow?
CW: I don’t eat beef or pork. I don’t eat fried food unless I’m on a break. I’m on a very consistent vitamin regimen, I take seven different vitamins daily. I must have two servings of fruit daily. I don’t eat much meat. When I do, it’s mostly seafood. I don’t eat many meals; I’m a snacker or what I call a ‘piece eater’. A piece of this or that. Or just a sandwich, or just a side, or just a veggie. Though I love cooking, I don’t have a huge appetite! I eat when I’m hungry. I do have a kryptonite weakness for sweets, but moderation is the key.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: How old were you when you realized… “Wow I can dance” not just having rhythm but actually having the ability to memorize choreograph and reiterate it on the dance floor?
CW: It’s really funny how I began to realize I could dance. I didn’t watch many cartoons or kid shows, I loved to watch my mom’s aerobics tapes! I’d do Jane Fonda workout VHS (yes VHS) tapes everyday thinking or feeling like I was dancing! I loved it! I was about 5 or 6 years old. Then I’d watch musicals or videos and see choreography and immediately remember it. I knew every Michael or Janet Jackson video. I knew ‘Flash Dance,’ ‘Grease,’ ‘The Wiz,’ ‘Dirty Dancing’… It wasn’t until my mom took me to a parade of school bands that used to be in Metrocenter Mall that I came to know of majorette dance. I saw The Tigerettes of Jim Hill High School and lost it! I was about 8 or 9. As soon as I hit middle school I auditioned for the drill team and made it in middle school, high school, and college. I STILL remember the dance from ALL of them. I will forget your name, where I put my car keys, and even my next thought! But I won’t forget choreography.

photo 1 (4)

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What’s your daily exercise routine and for how long?
CW: Before I injured my back I ran two miles a day, five days a week along with tone and strength exercises that usually last about 30 minutes to an hour if I can make myself stop. I tend to get in a zone and over work because it’s so fun to me. I really love working out. I’m just about done with my recovery from my back injury and I did gain some weight. But I’m hoping to be back on my normal workout regimen by May of this year.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Where is your venue located? How long are your sessions?
CW: Cardiolistics Dance, Aerobics, and Personal Training, LLC is located in the Odyssey Shopping Center at 731 S. Pear Orchard Rd. Suite 39 in Ridgeland, MS 39157 (to the left of McAlister’s). All aerobic and dance classes are about an hour long and personal training sessions are 45 minutes to an hour long. The contact is 601-207-2112 or

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: You are a woman entrepreneur in a field predominately dominated by men. What gave you the inspiration to turn your love for fitness and dance into a full-fledged business?
CW: I realized that I wanted a business when I knew it was possible to love what you do for a living. I’d been trying to figure out what drives me. What could I do every day with a smile? I’ve had so many jobs on that search its crazy! I knew I loved to dance. I knew I loved to workout. What I didn’t know was if there were licenses to obtain in order to do so professionally. I learned that while looking for other jobs. I saw an opening for aerobics instructor. I read the qualifications and went to the internet to figure out “HOW do I get those certifications?”

I got all my certifications, finished school up to my Masters and in that process I’d developed so many things I wanted to try. I thought no one is going to let me really let loose and try the craziness in my cranium, why not go all the way and open your own place? Who knew it would take 10 years to finally be true? I didn’t think of the comparisons to men and women or even the notion of being an entrepreneur, I just wanted to be happy when working and to get something right. I wanted to feel efficient and fluent and know that my schooling had purpose. I set out to have my future be better than my past. I began to learn how to want, I didn’t really know what wanting something meant. All of the many things that were telling me no or that I couldn’t get past where I’d been, had minor meaning. I wanted to show that bad journeys can have great destinations and that I had the power to be happy.


Style & Beauty

Styling 101: Achieving The Perfect Curl

curling wand on natural hair

Image via My Natural Sistas

There are so many techniques women use to achieve different looks, yet curls seem to be the most popular style of choice.

For the perfect curls you need a few of the essentials.
– Curling iron or curling wand
– Holding spray

To obtain your curl for the next day:
– Flexi rods or bobby pins

Step 1 – Detangle hair using a bristle brush.

Step 2 – Part your hair in small sections.

Step 3 – Adjust the heat on the curling utensil to your liking, but try not to let it get too hot.

Step 4 – Curl the hair up the curling wand like a spiral or start from the end of the hair and roll the hair back towards you (when using the curling iron).

Step 5 – While hair is wound up on the wand or curling iron, hold that position for a couple of seconds and then unwind the hair from the wand. With the curling iron, use your thumb to lift up the clip and continue in a repetitive motion while slowly pulling the curling iron downward away from you until you’ve removed your hair (which is now curled) from the device.

Step 5 – Repeat these steps until you’ve curled your entire head or created the desired amount of curls.

Step 6 – Lightly spray holding spray on hair holding the bottle 3 inches away.

To preserve these curls for the next day you can use flexi-rods or the pin curl technique.

Image via Naptural85

Image via Naptural85


Step 1 – De-tangle hair and part it into about 4-6 sections.

Step 2 – Your hair still resembles a curl & the flexi-rod will bend into any shape. Starting at the end of your hair, roll your hair upward, downward, or diagonal (whichever direction you chose for your curl) until you’ve reached your scalp. Bend the flexi-rod in order for it to stay.

Step 3 – Continue with the rest of your hair.

Step 4 – Place a bonnet on for the night and get ready to unravel in the morning.

Pin Curl

Step 1 – De-tangle hair and part into sections, how many ever you choose.

Step 2 – Your hair still resembles the curl from earlier. Simply roll your curl into the shape of a circle, with your hands in whichever direction it was curled until you reach your scalp.

Step 3 – Simply bobby pin it to hold its place.

Step 4 – Continue with your entire head.

Step 6 – Place bonnet on your head for the night and unravel in the morning.

This post was brought to you by our sponsor, Pinkarpet Hair Boutique. They specialize in virgin hair extensions and hair care products. Visit them online at and on Instagram @pinkarpethair.


Black History Icon: Frederick Jones McKinley

Frederick Jones McKinley

Frederick Jones McKinley

The Mechanical Genius: Frederick Jones McKinley

Our ancestors were more than just slaves who lived on plantations, picked cotton and sung hymns. Our ancestors were INVENTORS.

Meet Frederick Jones McKinley, born in Covington, Kentucky on May 17, 1893. Fredrick paved the way for what we still use today known as the refrigerator or the “refrigeration system.” McKinley was highly skilled with his hands, teaching himself and eventually becoming a master at electronic devices. McKinley received a patent for his refrigeration system on July 12, 1940. His invention preserved food for long hauls without the use of ice and salt, which were not very effective. This refrigeration system allowed food to be transported by trucks, the railroad system, ships – you name it – without the food going bad.

photo (1)


This mechanical genius is also responsible for a self starting gas engine, multiple devices for movie projectors, and the ticket dispenser used in the box office of the movie theater. Frederick received over 60 patents in his lifetime! Despite the lack of a formal education, Frederick was the recipient of the National Medal Technology Award and the first African American to do so.

image (1)

Wanna know how the refrigeration system even became an idea for McKinley? Well, he was listening to the complaint of a truck driver whose chickens didn’t make the haul because the trip was a long one and the truck’s storage compartment overheated, which inspired the idea. This conversation was also the birth of the air conditioning unit, invented by our ancestor Mckinley as well!

So the next time you open your refrigerator, go to the movies, or turn on that A/C do so in remembrance of Frederick Jones Mckinley!

Source: Invent