Progressions Salon & Spa Founder – Guest Speaker at Serious Business Conference


Cindy Feldman, founder and owner of Progressions salon spa store in Rockville, Maryland, was a guest speaker at Serious Business, a March 2016 motivational conference weekend for the beauty industry held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Serious Business educational events combine both inspiration and education from some of today’s most innovative thinkers — to challenge thinking and foster personal and business growth. Serious Business encourages thought and insight, and exposes people to new ideas and self-development to achieve both personal and business poten- tial. As part of a panel of six guest speakers for Salon Today 200’s award-winning salon owners and managers, Ms. Feldman spoke about a subject of importance to her — a growth-minded coaching culture, and using the Progressions salon spa store level system. “It was an honor and privilege to be selected as a guest speaker at Serious Business,” says Cindy Feldman. “I am dedicated to inspiring my team of beauty professionals to learn, grow and continuously educate themselves.”

Other keynote panel members included motivational speaker and CNN commentator Mel Robbins, who inspires change and challenges thinking, and is author of the bestseller, Stop Saying You’re Fine ; Jeff South, owner of Intrigue Salon in Atlanta and founder of Club Intrigue; Jonah Berger, a Wharton School marketing professor and author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On ; and Leigh Erin Connealy, MD, who finds and treats the root cause of disease using integrative and complementary therapies, including homeopathic, nutritional and lifestyle approaches. For information about Progressions salon spa store, please call (301) 231-8757 or visit

ABOUT  Progressions salon spa store in Rockville, Maryland, is an award-winning salon, spa and retail store offering top-of-the-line hair and spa services with the highest commitment to excellence and guest satisfaction. Progressions is a recipient of the prestigious 2016 SALON TODAY 200 award. Founder and owner Cindy Feldman has grown the 9,000-square-foot space to create a world-class retreat offering unparalleled service, sophistication and serenity for the salon’s metro Washington, DC clientele. The salon partners with many industry organizations to help support and advance the local community. For more information, visit






The African American Festival (AAF) is excited to announce Grammy-winning gospel duo Mary Mary, “The Voice” finalist Joe Maye, Baltimore natives Ex Music and R&B Bad Boy Ro James have been added to performance on the main stage at the 40thannual African American Festival.

Known for such hits as Shackles (Praise You) and Go Get It, sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell are ready to bring Mary Mary’s powerful voices and message to the City of Baltimore.  Baltimore native Joe Maye will perform at the festival for the first time, straight from the hit show “The Voice.”  Ex Music will perform their song “Human,” which is the theme song for the One Dollar for One Baltimore campaign.  With each song downloaded, $1, with a goal of raising $100,000, will be donated to after school programs and summer jobs for Baltimore youth. Ro James, dubbed the “Bad Boy of R&B” will electrify the stage with his viral hit, Permission.

I am excited to come back home to Baltimore and perform on the main stage at the African American Festival, a festival I have attended as a young boy,” said Joe Maye, The Voice finalist.

These talented artists are joining a notable list of performers to include: Common, Estelle, Angie Stone, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy,Goapele, Maurette Brown Clarke and Ruff Endz.

Speaker and Media Personality Kwame Jackson is a successful entrepreneur who has addressed students, aspiring business owners and executives at many of the world’s leading companies. He will uplift and motivate festival attendees inside the Empowerment Tent on Saturday, July 2.

Hosted by actress and producer Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Kill Bill, Set it Off, Independence Day) and actor and writer Jonathon Slocumb (The Steve Harvey Show, Meet the Browns), July 4th weekend is going to be two fun-filled days of entertainment for the entire family.

The African American Festival takes place at the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Complex on Lots B & C, between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadiums.  Join the conversation on social media by logging on to AAF’s multiple social media platforms:

  • On Twitter by using hashtag: #BmoreAAF40, #BmoreAAF @BmoreAAF
  • On Facebook by liking the fan page at
  • On Instagram by liking the fan page at

Link to Festival Video:

The 2016 African American Festival sponsors are: Comcast, Music Choice, Under Armour, Visit Baltimore, BGE, Diageo, Maryland Lottery, Caribbean Digital Network, Verizon, Dynamic Healthcare, EMC, Evergreen, Howard Stirk Holdings (HSH), Maryland Transit Authority, ShopRite, Washington Mass Transit Authority, Morgan State University, StateFarm, Care First, Colgate, Cricket, Whiting Turner, Maryland Highway, Geico and Bluffa Jo Cosmetics.

The African American Festival is hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore and produced by greiBO Entertainment.

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Governor Hogan signs Drybar Bill – Founder Alli Webb


W H O: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Speaker of The House Michael B. Busch, State Senator Joan Carter Conway (District 43, Baltimore City), Maryland Delegate Dereck Davis (Prince George’s County, District 25), Maryland Delegate Ariana B. Kelly (District 16, Montgomery County), Drybar Founder Alli Webb, and Drybar fans throughout Maryland.

WHAT: The official Governor’s Signing of SB-830/HB-1291, aka, THE DRYBAR BLOWOUT LICENSE BILL, which “establishes a limited license to provide hair services – blowdrying: requiring the State Board of Cosmetologists to establish by regulation specified curriculum standards for providing hair services – blow drying for use by specified entities.” This bill was developed by Senator Conway and Delegate Ariana B. Kelly at the request of Drybar National Field Director Courtney Barfield. The bill is effective as of October 1, 2016 and is the first of its kind in the country. Governor Hogan, Senator Conway, Delegate Kelly, Drybar founder Alli Webb and Courtney Barfield will be in attendance for the signing ceremony.

WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, May 10, 10:00 am at The Governor’s Reception Room, Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland.

W H Y: Says Alli Webb, “On the heels of The Drybar Bill, which passed into law in Maryland in 2014 and allowed us to offer champagne and wine to our clients, we are honored to have worked with Senator and Delegate Kelly to pass SB830/HB1291, aka The Drybar Blowout License Bill, which will allow us to train and grow our team of Drybar stylists in Maryland, creating more jobs and opportunities in the process.”

ABOUT DRYBAR: Drybar is based on a simple philosophy: Focus on one thing and be the best at it. For Drybar, that’s blowouts. The idea was a natural one for curly-haired founder Alli Webb, a longtime professional stylist, who grew tired of overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons. Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas” by Entrepreneur Magazine and one of New York Magazine’s Boom Brands, Drybar is on track to have over 70 retail locations by the end of 2016. The brand will continue adding to its popular line of hair styling products & tools sold both online and in its own shops, as well as at Sephora and Nordstrom in the U.S. and Canada, and select Ulta Beauty doors nationwide. “The Drybar Guide To Good Hair For All,” the first book by Alli Webb, will be published in October 2016 by Abrams Publishing.

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Hosted by actress and producer Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Kill Bill, Set it Off, Independence Day) and actor and writer Jonathon Slocumb (The Steve Harvey Show, Meet the Browns), July 4thweekend is going to be two fun-filled days of entertainment for the entire family.

Our newest festival activation, BrownGirl Village, will debut their one day retreat during “The Road to the Festival” events on Saturday, May 21st at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, sponsored by EMC. Produced by Synregy Communications and greiBO Entertainment, this event for girls of color between ages 12-17, will empower and encourage Brown girls in underserved communities to see beyond their current situation and expose them to new possibilities through mentorship, conversation and programming.  More than 100 attendees will participate in breakout sessions, panel discussions which will instill self esteem and encourage them to continue to dream and pursue their goals.  Actress/Singer China Anne McClain (House of Payne, Daddy’s Little Girls, A.N.T. Farm) and Bravo’s “Thicker Than Water” star Cyrene Tankard will join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Comptroller Joan Pratt to address the young girls in powerful conversation about image, the beauty within and more.

“BrownGirl Village is a great way to partner and give back to the community we live and work in.  This amazing organization also helps us to expand our brand visibility,” says Jackie Glenn, Global Chief Diversity Officer at EMC.

XFINITY Live, sponsored by Comcast and Music Choice, is the hub of the festival’s social media experience onsite and will feature a Twitter wall, live performances and must-see celebrity interviews. Music Choice will be interviewing artists and celebrities, providing candid conversations and behind-the-scenes footage from XFINITY Live. To gain exclusive access to XFINITY Live, visit the XFINITY onsite display or a local XFINITY Store.

 “BrownGirl Village and the African American Festival can only happen with the support of our sponsors and partners.  We appreciate their support and look forward to the exciting activations they are bringing to our attendees this year,” states Shelonda Stokes, CEO at greiBO Entertainment, Producer of African American Festival.

The African American Festival takes place at the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Complex on Lots B & C, between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadiums.  Join the conversation on social media by logging on to AAF’s multiple social media platforms:

  • On Twitter by using hashtag: #BmoreAAF40, #BmoreAAF @BmoreAAF
  • On Facebook by liking the fan page at
  • On Instagram by liking the fan page at


The 2016 African American Festival sponsors are: Comcast, Music Choice, Under Armour, Visit Baltimore, BGE, Diageo, Maryland Lottery, Caribbean Digital Network, Verizon, Dynamic Healthcare, EMC, Evergreen, Howard Stirk Holdings (HSH), Maryland Transit Authority, ShopRite, Washington Mass Transit Authority, Morgan State University, StateFarm, Care First, Colgate, Cricket, Whiting Turner, Maryland Highway, Geico and Bluffa Jo Cosmetics.

The African American Festival is hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore and produced by greiBO Entertainment.

For festival updates and more information about the African American Festival, please log on to

About Comcast Cable:

Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings.  Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.comfor more information.


Former NFL Player Keion Carpenter and The Carpenter House – Building Blocks Awards Gala

The Carpenter House will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary with the Building Blocks Awards (BBA) Gala black-tie fundraiser on Sunday May 1. Created with the mission to create affordable housing, funds raised at the annual BBA Gala will help provide adequate shelter for families in need. The BBA Gala will be hosted by Q Parker of the R&B sensation 112, with a live performance by Stellar Award Winner Jason Nelson.

In addition to the special awards presentation, the BBA Gala, which will be held at the Lower Level of the Mondawmin Mall, will also include dinner and dancing. Tickets for the event are available to the general public at $100 per person. Table sales and sponsorship options are also available.

When asked about the annual Gala Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The Carpenter House, Keion Carpenter said “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care. Giving back to the city that has giving me so much, is a dream come true. The city will never be same after Sunday night May 1st!”

Since 2006, the Carpenter House has been committed to delivering services that rebuild communities through education, mentorship, physical activity and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The Carpenter House aims to strengthen and empower families from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing access to resources, activities, and environments that enable them to reach their highest social and economic potential. Recognizing that creating safe and affordable housing is the center for strengthening families, the Carpenter House addresses the issue through the Carpenter House Communities (CHC) program.

Working in partnership with local government agencies and community/civic organizations, CHC purchases and accepts donated homes within Baltimore City. CHC then rehabilitates the homes making them available to qualified low-income and single-parent families that would otherwise not be able to experience the dream of homeownership. Through a partnership with the Wells Fargo Community & Urban Stabilization Program and M&T Bank, The Carpenter House purchased its first home in 2015. Since its purchase, the home has been completely rehabilitated and currently has a single-parent family living in the home.

The Mondawmin Mall is located at 2800 Liberty Road, Baltimore MD and the event begins at 7:00 PM. For tickets and or sponsorship information for the Building Blocks Awards Gala visit


Home Decor Spring Trends 2016 – Fox 45 Morning News Segment

Everyone’s updating their home for the Spring season!  Whether it’s purchasing new pillows, curtains or adding tulips to a vase, new decor can uplift any space.

Last week, I hosted a Lifestyle Segment on Fox 45 News discussing home decor trends with a technology flair.  Blindsgalore is a window treatment company, specializing in Bali Blinds.  This particular type of home blinds is considered eco-friendly and it operates from a smart phone/table app or remote control.  Customers can open their blinds while sitting on the couch or in a different area of the home!

A few of the other products shared included the Mcushion Massage Pillow, BedJet Climate Comfort System, and MyIvation Lamp.

Special thank you to Burlington for (also) supporting this segment and providing additional home products!

Arundel Mills Expands with New Retailers

Shoppers seeking the latest in fashionable footwear for men and women and treasured women’s apparel will soon have two new options to choose from at Arundel Mills with the scheduled spring openings of shoe retailer G.H Bass & Co (Spring 2016) and women’s fashion outlet Francesca’s Collection (Spring 2016).

“G.H Bass & Co and Francesca’s Collection are two wonderful additions to our mall,” said Gene Condon, general manager at Arundel Mills. “Both brands emphasize what shoppers want; the latest trends for less. In line with our own mission to offer the best selection at a discounted price, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome these two great companies to our mall.”

For those seeking the highest quality footwear at the lowest discounted prices, G.H Bass & Co will be the place to shop when it opens at Arundel Mills in the spring of 2016. Founded in 1876 in Wilton, Maine, G.H. Bass Co. has continued to live up to the mission of its founder of “mak[ing] the best possible shoe for the purpose in which it will be used.” The store will offer quality and affordable shoes for the whole family and will be located in Neighborhood 3 near H&M.


Those who seek luxurious style will enjoy the addition of Francesca’s, one of the fastest-growing women’s fashion retailers in the country. Since its founding in 1999, Francesca’s boutique stores have offered women a bevy of unique handpicked apparel, jewelry, bags, shoes, accessories and home goods. The store will be located in Neighborhood 4 near Teavana.

G.H Bass & Co and Francesca’s joins Steve Madden, Cole Haan, and Yankee Candle, as the newest additions to Arundel Mills– Maryland’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination.

Allen Edmonds Opening at Harbor East


Harbor East and Allen Edmonds today announced that the U.S. premium men’s shoe, clothing and accessories manufacturer will set up shop in Baltimore’s upscale retail district. Allen Edmonds will occupy approximately 1,300 square feet at 635 S. President Street in the former Starbucks space between the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites and Landmark Theatres. While several high-end department and premier men’s shoe stores in Maryland carry Allen Edmonds product, the Harbor East location will be the brand’s first brick-and-mortar store in the state, exclusively featuring their signature line of premium, handcrafted men shoes as well as apparel and accessories.

Allen Edmonds began handcrafting shoes on the Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan in 1922. Today, their 212-step manufacturing tradition continues with the brand offering the finest men’s dress and casual shoes available featuring classic American styling and fine craftsmanship. The company prides itself on using superior leathers combined with expert service from Master Fitters who have earned their title by fitting thousands of customers with custom-made-like product. Partnering with like-minded manufacturers, Allen Edmonds also offers men’s clothing and accessories including sportswear, ties and pocket squares, watches and leather goods.

“It is with great anticipation that we bring our premium line of men’s shoes and apparel to the Harbor East shopper,” stated Paul Grangaard, President and CEO. “With its robust office and business traveler population, the neighborhood is terrific fit for us. We look forward to serving both our loyal Allen Edmonds customers, as well as gentlemen new to the brand, in such a vibrant urban setting.”

“Harbor East is poised to welcome such an esteemed and timeless brand as Allen Edmonds,” stated Tim O’Donald, President of Harbor East. “It is a truly exciting time for the neighborhood as we see high-end retail open up in such rapid succession. We look forward to Allen Edmonds opening and to a long relationship with the company.”

Harbor East welcomed Brooks Brothers earlier this month. Warby Parker is projected to open in April.

There are 60 company-owned Allen Edmonds stores nation-wide. The Harbor East location is projected to open early summer of 2016.

About Harbor East

Harbor East is home to Baltimore’s best shopping, dining, entertainment, hotels and residences, boasting 5.5 million square feet of development. Replacing a landscape once characterized by warehouses and factories, Harbor East is now defined by gleaming architecture and modern amenities, creating a neighorhood that is vibrant, sophisticated and a true destination. Among its many distinct attractions are critically-acclaimed restaurants, national retailers, a world-class fitness center, seven-screen art house theatre, 200-slip marina and the luxury Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. An inspiring place for business, Harbor East provides a contemporary setting for best-in-class offices and international corporations. Owned, developed and managed by a company with deep roots in Baltimore, Harbor East is proud to call the city home, generating over $38 million in taxes and fees annually and providing space for over 6,000 local workers. Harbor East is committed to ensuring the long-term success of its properties with a focused vision of advancing Baltimore City as a whole.Welcome to Harbor East – 12 square blocks of restaurants, boutiques, hotels, and harbor-side amazing.


About Allen Edmonds

Founded in 1922, Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation is a privately-held, U.S. based manufacturer of premium men’s footwear, apparel, leather goods and accessories with a focus on American manufacturing. Allen Edmonds’ famous Goodyear welted shoes are handcrafted in Port Washington, Wis. using a 212-step production process. Consistent with the company’s heritage, Allen Edmonds remains committed to providing excellent products at exceptional value for style and quality conscience men worldwide. By partnering with like-minded manufacturers, the company’s offering includes men’s clothing and accessory needs from head to toe. Allen Edmonds products are available at premier stores worldwide, including 60 company-owned Allen Edmonds stores across the United States, and online at

Crystal L. Bass Returns to Baltimore – Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love

Find out what happens when a mother chooses romance over family in Crystal L. Bass’ Inspirational stage play “Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love.” Bass is the first female alumni to bring her hilarious and inspirational stage production to the Murphy Fine Arts Center!

Playwright and Executive Producer Crystal L. Bass gears up to share her highly anticipated stage play “Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love” for a three show performance in Baltimore at The Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center on Friday, April 8th – 8pm, and Saturday, April 9th -3pm and 8pm featuring an all-new, star studded cast.


Bass shared “I am so excited to perform at my alma mater! Especially since it’s an HBCU during the one-year anniversary of the passing of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore riots. This event will be a great time for everyone to come together- laugh and have a good time. It’s really important to me that we change the narrative behind what the world saw last April.”

Bass assures that this show about a Baltimore family’s struggles will deliver on the laughs, the drama and powerhouse singing. The new cast includes International R&B Superstar Shirley Murdock, Actor Cross Thompson, Grammy nominated artist, Brittney Wright, American Idol Finalist, Wayne Wilson and from HBO’s The Wire, Comedian Howard G. Joining the production for the second time, from the CW’s “The Next” Finalist, Shannon Ramsey and National Gospel Recording Artist, April Hall and rising star, Kirk Thomas, Jr.

A past attendee stated “I can’t wait to see this amazing production again! Crystal L. Bass is remarkably talented. A great playwright! I’m officially a fan!”

The hilarious urban stage play chronicles the story of a family torn by the decision made by its matriarch to pursue romantic love over her children. Filled with interesting twists and unpredictable turns Bass promises an entertaining experience the entire family can appreciate. The play is an adaptation of Bass’ top selling novel “Dark Clouds: A Charm City Family’s Struggle” and loosely based on her experiences growing up in Baltimore.

Ticket prices range from $30-$58 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at

STAGEPLAY: Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love DATE: April 8-9, 2016
SHOWTIMES: April 8th – 8pm | April 9th – 3pm & 8pm


Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center

2201 Argonne Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218
TICKET PRICE: Range $30-$58
Purchase tickets from OR at the Murphy Fine Arts Box Office


What’s a mother of three to do when she has two fully-grown children and the youngest clamoring to become a woman? Doesn’t she deserve happiness? Shouldn’t she be able to get her groove back? In “Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love” mom feels it’s time to move on with her life but when she finds herself at the feet of a man with a dark side it spells disaster for the entire family. During this emotional rollercoaster ride we watch this Baltimore family fight to pull through some of life’s harshest realities as family secrets are uncovered and rescue attempts fail. But all hope is not lost. We find that nothing can fill the void of a mother’s love. In the midst of the drama this engaging stage production will have you laughing, crying and gasping at the twist and turns. One thing’s for sure, this inspirational story of redemption and forgiveness will leave theatergoers with an entirely new appreciation for family and the depths of a mother’s love. Based on the original novel by Crystal L. Bass, “Dark Clouds: A Charm City Family’s Struggle.”


Playwright and Executive Producer, Crystal L. Bass is an American author, writer, and motivational speaker with a track record of success. Throughout her career, this Baltimore native has used her platform to uncover and illuminate issues that are important to young women, to ultimately empower and strengthen them.

A two-time author, Bass’ life’s work is rooted in the desire to raise awareness and inspire people to fulfill their true purpose. Her goal is to expand her publishing company and publish other talented writers who share her desire to inspire through their stories. Bass was honored and recognized by the Rainbow Push Coalition a Top Inspirational and Engaged Leaders of 2013.

Easter Celebration – Simple Lifestyle Tips

Easter can be an exciting holiday for everyone.  It’s the ultimate symbol of the Spring season and a time of rebirth.  Although celebrating Easter can be a lot of fun, preparation for this joyous holiday can also be overwhelming!

As a new mom (many years ago) I wanted to attack the holiday from all angles.  My eagerness stemmed from the excitement of having my very own children.  Over the years, I’ve learned to focus on what really matters.   The small details will come together once you concentrate on the priority of the day.

Easter Brunch 2015 – Flemings Prime Steakhouse

Caesar Salad and Omelett

National Aquarium with the boys

Easter Celebration Tips:

  1. Create your dinner menu – Decide whether your family will dine in or out.  Either option provides a good opportunity for quality fellowship.  Traditional Easter meals (if you’re cooking) include a honey glazed ham, roasted leg of lamb, baked salmon, green bean casserole, rice pilaf, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or home-style dinner rolls.
  2. Coordinate Easter crafts with the kids – This particular tip can vary depending on your interest but the idea is to teach your family the meaning of Easter.  Quick holiday crafts include decorating eggs, planting a Spring garden, or designing Easter bookmarks.
  3. Consider taking Easter photos – Start thinking of the right location, lighting, and even the weather.  Also, we can’t forget to coordinate the perfect attire whether a traditional suit or casual spring outfit.
  4. Decorate, Decorate, Decorate – Nothing brings more excitement than putting out spring decorations.  Add a wreath to the front door, create a tablescape, or flower arrangement in the hallway.

Easter Tablescape

Pre-school Easter Celebration

Some of my favorite Easter traditions include Sunday morning worship, egg hunt, brunch, and spring photos.  What are some of your favorite Easter traditions, share them with us here?