OUR LEGACY – 36th Annual Harry Jerome Awards, 2018

Hello Beautiful People!

The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), held the 36th Annual Harry Jerome Awards on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.  It was an evening of black excellence and a celebration of our rich legacy.  I am always pleased to support this important gala, it makes a positive impact in the black community.

 

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Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at the 36th Annual Harry Jerome Awards – April 28, 2018

 

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Kelvin and Vanessa Kellman at the 36th Annual Harry Jerome Awards – April 28th, 2018

I was thrilled for the 12 recipients who received The Harry Jerome Awards in the respective areas: Academic, Arts, Athletics, Business, Community Service, Diversity, Entertainment, Health Service, Leadership, Lifetime Achievement, Media and the President’s Award.

Kelvin and I supported, saluted and celebrated our friend, Immediate Past President of the BBPA, Pauline Christian, the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award.

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Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Pauline Christian, recipient of the 2018 Harry Jerome President’s Award and Kelvin Kellman – at the 36th Annual Harry Jerome Awards, April 28, 2018

It was a pleasure having an important and relevant exchange with the Member of Parliament for Whitby, ON, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, regarding the balance of success, and at times “It’s ok to not be ok!” (#itsoktonotbeok), We all need a quick minute to recalibrate – I know you will agree.

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Member of Parliament for Whitby,ON, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Vanessa Ferguson and Kelvin Kellman – at the 36th Annual Harry Jerome Award ,  April 28th, 2018

 

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Kelvin Kellman, Erol Lee, Founder of “We Care Concerts”  – and the 2013 Harry Jerome Awards recipient for the Arts and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman  – at the 36th Annual Harry Jerome Awards, April 28th, 2018

 

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Kelvin Kellman and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman enjoying the electrifying performances –  at the 36th Annual Harry Jerome Awards, April 28th, 2018

 

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Kelvin Kellman and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman  – at the 36th Annual Harry Jerome Awards – April 28th, 2018

There you have it Beautiful People!  The scoop on the coming together of a resilient, courageous, intelligent and talented group of people, who have served their communities.  I am reminded “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~Mohammed Ali~

As always, thank you ever so much for stopping by the blog!  Your love and support is appreciated.  xox

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc – is President & Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman  – is a MAC Cosmetics Pro Member

Noteworthy mention – The antique jewelry I am wearing is from Antiques on Queen –  Kendra Simmons.

Makeup Products :

Lipstick:  Heroine (MAC)

Foundation:   (Jordanne Cosmetics Palette)

Concealer:  NW45 (MAC)

Concealer:   (Camourlage Palette – Coastal Scents)

Loose Powder:  FIT Me! Loose finishing powder 40 (Maybelline)

Pressed Powder NC45 (MAC)

Banana Powder (Ben Nye)

Lashes (Quo – elegance)

Eyeshadow (Sephora palette)

Cheek Blush (MAC – Love Joy)

Highlighter: (COVERGIRL Vitalist Healthy Glow – sunkissed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canada’s Black Community Coming Together

Hello Beautiful People!

My husband and I had the pleasure of being Presenters at the first Black ‘Fruits’ Embrace S.T.E.M for Change – A Black History Business Affair 365, in conjunction with the Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Canada, under the leadership of the President, Pauline Christian. This extraordinary event was held on Sunday, March 18, 2018, where an intellectual explosion of ideas amongst the Black Business Entrepreneurs who gathered at the expo.  The primary focus of this event was (1) Black History as it relates to S.T.E.M and (2) Restoration of the Black economy (Pauline Christian).

The afternoon was energetic, insightful, empowering and inspirational as the Black Business Community  set the manifesto on how to “develop strategic, sustainable and  viable measures and priorities that will create economic pathway for Blacks, especially our youth to thrive and prosper,”  (Pauline Christian).

 

 

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Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Black Entrepreneur & Presenter with Pauline Christian, President of Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Canada

 

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Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Black Entrepreneur & Presenter with Keynote Speaker, Almas Jiwani, President, United Nations Women Canada National Committee and CEO of Frontier

 

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Vanessa Ferguson Kellman with Kelvin Kellman, Black Entrepreneurs, and  Presenters at the first Black ‘Fruits’ Embrace S.T.E.M for Change – A Black History Affair 365

 

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Kelvin Kellman, Owner & CEO of Kelvin Kellman Developments, Presenting at the Black ‘Fruits’ Embrace S.T.E.M for Change – A Black History Business Affair 365

 

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Dr. Daviceto Swaby, SDA, Apple Creek – Cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the first Black “Fruits’ Embrace S.T.E.M for Change – A Black History Business Affair 365

There you have it Beautiful People! The Black ‘Fruits’ Embrace S.T.E.M for Change – A Black History Business Affair 365 in conjunction with the Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Canada.

Thank you ever so much for stopping by the blog! I appreciate you dearly.  Now, go on and be empowered, and make a change.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc. is President and Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry and The Etiquette Institute

Vanessa is a MAC Cosmetics Pro Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbados – Bayley’s Plantation

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits "Electric Avenue" and Romancing The Stone," with Vanessa Ferguson Kellman

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits “Electric Avenue” and Romancing The Stone,” with Vanessa Ferguson Kellman

I recently travelled to Barbados with my husband on a business/pleasure trip, to discover one of the jewels of the Caribbean. Barbados is 21 miles (34 km) by 14 miles (23 km), the population is about 300,000, with the residents residing throughout the eleven parishes on the island.

There are two seasons in Barbados; the wet season, which runs May thru December and the dry season, which runs December thru April. The average daytime high temperature in Barbados is 86 F (30 C). The temperature was definitely a welcome relief after leaving the stinging cold and feeling the warmth of the Bajan sun.

The currency in Barbados is the Barbadian dollar and the currency exchange is US$1 to BD2$.

 

Barbados 11 Parishes

Barbados Eleven Parishes – credit Google map

 

Map of Barbados - Credit Google Map

Map of Barbados – Credit Google Map

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

 

Kelvin Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

Kelvin Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Kelvin Kellman, soaking up some Barbados sun and cool ocean breeze

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Kelvin Kellman, soaking up some Barbados sun and cool ocean breeze

 

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits "Electric Avenue" and Romancing The Stone," Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Kelvin Kellman, and Curtez Kellman

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits “Electric Avenue” and Romancing The Stone,” Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Kelvin Kellman, and Curtez Kellman

Kelvin and I stayed with our relatives, the Grant/Kellman families on Bayley’s Plantation (this is a private residence and not available for public tours), it is located in St. Philip Parish, east on the island. Bayley’s Plantation was set up by Joseph Bayley, between 1719 – 1738. He owned 350 African slaves and by 1812 had expanded his plantation to 444 acres.

Bayley's Plantation - The original structure of the main plantation house

Bayley’s Plantation – The original structure of the main plantation house

 

Bayley's Plantation - The original structure of the main plantation house

Bayley’s Plantation – The original structure of the main plantation house

World renowned recording artist, Eddy Grant known for his hits Electric Avenue and Romancing The Stone, among many others, presently owns and resides on Bayleys Plantation, the largest former slave plantation in Barbados. The main plantation house still stands today; this is where Eddy Grant has his recording studio.

As I treaded on the sacred grounds, the experience was quite surreal sensing the curiosity, being given the authorization and feeling the warm welcome of the ancestral spirits. I felt hope and comfort as I stood next to the original slave chapel; I experienced a void as I sat under the massive tree where slaves were “hung like strange fruit.” And while sitting in original slave dwelling quarters, I was overwhelmed by the unrecorded stories of disappointments, the feelings of fear, sorrow, pain, loss and hopelessness. If only the walls would tell me the secrets!

 

Bayley's Plantation - The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman standing in front of the tree where the plantation slaves were whipped and lynched.

Bayley's Plantation - The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

Bayley’s Plantation – The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

 

Bayley's Plantation - Plaque dedicated by the Government of Barbados, recognizing the freedom fighters

Bayley’s Plantation – Plaque dedicated by the Government of Barbados, recognizing the freedom fighters

The plantation is important in the history of Barbados because of the April 16, 1816 revolt in Barbados against the white plantation owners led by a slave named Bussa. He was taken out of Africa and brought to Bayley’s Plantation;  Bussa led the largest slave uprising of 400 against troops of the First West India Regiment, which began at Bayley’s Plantation and spread to other neighbouring plantations. Bussa was killed in the revolt; however, he remains a hero in Barbados for his fight for the freedom of enslaved Africans (Bussa’s Rebellion).

Statue of Bussa

Statue of Bussa – Credit Internet

Over 70,000 Barbadians of African descent took to the streets singing the Barbadian folk song:

Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin (Queen Victoria). De Queen come from England to set we free Now Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin” (old.antislavery.org)

It was a privilege to spend time on sacred grounds, where freedom fighters once lived, and died fighting for what we take for granted today. I can say with assurance, their names have been recorded on the right side of history; for which we continue to salute and celebrate them.

Bayley's Plantation - Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds, to return home to Canada.

Bayley's Plantation - Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds.

“A people without knowledge of their history is like a tree without roots.”  ~Marcus Garvey~

Thank you for stopping by the blog, I always enjoy sharing with you!

I want to thank you for a fun-filled journey; 2015 has been an amazing year. Thank you for your love and support, I sincerely appreciate it.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, safe and successful 2016!  See you again in the new year! xox

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc. is President & Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry & The Etiquette Society

For Makeup and Etiquette updates – follow my blog   white SAND & YELLOW diamond

Photography by Kelvin Kellman.

References:  http://old.antislavery.org/breakingthesilence/slave_routes/slave_routes_barbados.shtml

http://www.barbados-beaches-plus.com/bayleys-plantation.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bussa%27s_Rebellion

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/03/03/eddy-grant-the-ringbang-man-and-a-national-icon-is-a-special-person/

 

 

Black Business & Professional Association Convention – 2015

 

Vanessa at the Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention, November 11-12th, 2015.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman one of the Presenters at the Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention, November 11-12th, 2015.

I was honoured to be one of the presenters at the Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention (NBBPC) – EXPO 2015 in Toronto.

The two-day convention showcased the best in business, entrepreneurship, education and finance, attracting Canada’s brightest students, top employers, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and government officials as well as the BBPA’s strategic partners and valued sponsors for two days of information, innovation and inspiration.

The convention focused on organizations and institutions that promote diversity, a trademark character that distinguishes Canada and its corporations from those across the globe – BBPA.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman pictured with President of the Black Business & Professional Association Pauline Christian

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman pictured with President of the Black Business & Professional Association, Pauline Christian.

Kelvin Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Pauline Christian and Dr. David Burt at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention

Kelvin Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Pauline Christian and Dr. David Burt at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Dr, Marlyn Morris, Vice President of The Black Business & Professional Association

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Dr. Marlyn Morris, Vice President of The Black Business & Professional Association at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention.

 

Kelvin Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Jerrold Johnson, Chief Representative Office, Jamaica National Building Society (Toronto), at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention.

Kelvin Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Jerrold Johnson, Chief Representative Office, Jamaica National Building Society (Toronto), at the 6th Annual National Black Business and Professional Convention.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc. is President & Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry, & The Etiquette Society.

For Beauty and Etiquette tips, please visit my blog: “white SAND & YELLOW diamond.”

Toronto’s Entrepreneurs – The Makeup Artist & The Closet Maven

Hello Beautiful People!

Vanessa wearing MAC Lipstick Morange.  Photo by Evan Bergstra

Vanessa wearing MAC Lipstick Morange. Photo by Evan Bergstra

I have had the pleasure of spending time with a talented young Entrepreneur, Marie Mercurius, who is the proprietor of The Closet Maven.  I attended one of Marie’s seminars on space organization: it was an informative session, and her presentation was lively and interactive.  If your closet is overran with too many bags, shoes, dresses, skirts, shirts, pants, sweaters and hats, I would encourage you to follow Marie on social media or book an appointment for a session with her to become organized.

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Marie Mercurius,  Proprietor of The Closet Maven and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman – Makeup Artist.  Photo by: Evan Bergstra

Marie Mercurius, Proprietor of The Closet Maven and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Makeup Artist

Marie Mercurius, Proprietor of The Closet Maven and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Makeup Artist

 Marie was involved in the creative arts from a young age, where she played the flute and drums in high school and pursued performing as a singer and dancer.

She hosted a weekly radio show for eight years, which gave her a good taste of broadcasting, an industry she never inspired to work in but found a love for. She would love to parlay that into TV hosting her own edutainment show.  Marie says being creative is what fulfills her and her business allows her to do that. She helps to de-clutter and organize closets for women so that getting dressed is an enjoyable experience. A wardrobe that is properly stored and well-cared for ensures a great return on your investment.

Marie Mercurius - The Closet Maven

Marie Mercurius – The Closet Maven

Here are five great tips Marie would like to leave with you, on how to store your out of season clothing:

1. Place all of your summer clothes in a pile so you can conduct an end of season audit. Anything that no longer fits, is uncomfortable to wear or you don’t feel confident in should be donated.

2.  Make sure everything that will be stored is clean. Check for stains (stains sitting for an extended period of time may be more difficult to remove), missing buttons, loose hems and broken zippers.

3.  Places to store your clothes:

  • Under the bed – use low totes preferably made of cotton or canvas with lids as they allow your clothes to breathe better than plastic totes. You need at least 6” of space under your bed.
  • Back of the closets – breathable garment bags, cotton, bamboo are your best bet. Again, try to avoid plastic or nylon. These are ideal for dresses or items that you’d like to keep wrinkle free.
  • On closet shelf – storage boxes with lids, preferably fabric lined ones. These can be labeled on the front to find things quickly and can be stacked.
  • Under a dresser – if you have room.

4. Be sure to add lavender scented sachets or cedar balls to stave off any unwanted guests and to keep everything smelling fresh.

5.  When it comes to footwear, check heels for missing lifts and soles to make sure they are in good shape. Anything that needs to be repaired can go in a separate pile.

  • Make sure they are clean before storing.
  • You can use plastic, acrylic shoe boxes or the original shoe boxes to store them. If using plastic, I suggest lining them with tissue paper for added protection. Label boxes for visibility and store under your bed or on shelves in your closet.
  • Under bed canvas shoe organizers are another option.
Marie Mercurius, Proprietor of The Closet Maven. Boris, Makeup Artist and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Makeup Artist

Marie Mercurius – Proprietor of The Closet Maven; Boris –  Makeup Artist and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman – Makeup Artist.  Photo by: Evan Bergstra

Marie Mercurius - Proprietor of The Closet Maven, Boris - Makeup Artist, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman - Makeup Artist

Marie Mercurius – Proprietor of The Closet Maven; Boris – Makeup Artist; Vanessa Ferguson Kellman – Makeup Artist.  Photo by:  Evan Bergstra

There you have it beautiful People! Thanks for stopping by the blog and have yourself a great day. xx

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc is President and Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry International, Ltd

Vanessa is a MAC Cosmetics Pro Member

Vanessa received her makeup certification from The School of Pro Makeup, Toronto, ON

For makeup and etiquette tips please follow my blog white SAND & YELLOW diamond

Business Card Etiquette

Mayor of Toronto,  John Tory and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at The International Economic Forum of The Americas - Toronto Global Forum

Mayor of Toronto, John Tory and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at The International Economic Forum of The Americas – Toronto Global Forum 2015

I was a guest of Mayor John Tory, at a special breakfast on July 10, as part of The International Economic Forum of The Americas – Toronto Global Forum. The formal portion of the breakfast was a discussion between Mayor Tory and three guest panelists regarding business development, investment and trade, and opportunities to build further relationships between Toronto and the Americas. The guest panelists were Alexander Mora, Foreign Trade Minister to Costa Rica,  Hans Schulz, Vice-President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, Inter-American Development Bank, and  Romaine Seguin, President of UPS Americas Region.

Mayor of Toronto John Tory, Alexander Mora, Foreign Trade Minister to Costa Rica,  Hans Schulz, Vice-President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, Inter-American Development Bank, and  Romaine Seguin, President of UPS Americas Region.

Mayor of Toronto John Tory, Alexander Mora, Foreign Trade Minister to Costa Rica,
Hans Schulz, Vice-President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations, Inter-American Development Bank, and
Romaine Seguin, President of UPS Americas Region.

Mayor of Toronto,  John Tory and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at The International Economic Forum of The Americas - Toronto Global Forum 2015

Mayor of Toronto, John Tory and Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at The International Economic Forum of The Americas – Toronto Global Forum 2015

At the venue where The International Economic Forum of The Americas – Toronto Global Forum was held, it presented a unique opportunity to network and grow your professional base.  I am sure more than 50% of the persons attending the forum had their business cards with them – not a bad idea. However, when it comes to you and your business cards, exhibiting good business card etiquette usually serves well.

Here are some  tips for business card etiquette:

  • Do not go up to a senior executive and ask for a business card; you wait until they give you one.
  • Give your card with your name facing the person, without your thumb covering your name.
  • Do not take a business card that is soiled and present it to someone, even if it is your last card.
  • Do not pass out your business cards during a meal.
  • Always have your cards with you because you never know!

Thank you for stopping by the blog; you’ve been good company.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman MBA, BSc. is President & Founder of the Etiquette Society International

Vanessa is a member of The Etiquette Institute – St. Louis, MO

For Makeup and Etiquette updates, please follow my blog white SAND & YELLOW diamond
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Business Ready

 Kelvin I. Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Michael Lee-Chin


Kelvin I. Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Billionaire/Philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin

Hello Beautiful People!

When it comes to being business ready, your deportment, attire and makeup is just as important as being qualified and confident. For my business attire, I wore a clean cut Club Monaco pant and jacket, makeup that was vibrant but not overbearing and offensive and minimal accessories.

I was “Business Ready” when I met Billionaire/Philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin;  I was feeling confident, self-assured and “knowing my value” as  Mika Brzezinski shares with women.

Kelvin I. Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Michael Lee-Chin

Kelvin I. Kellman, Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Billionaire/Philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin

I am coming with 10+ years experience in the financial industry and there are three key principles of wealth creation I took from Mr. Lee-Chin as it relates to investing.

1.  A sound intellectual framework for making decisions.

2. Control of emotions especially during times of adversity.

3. Access to the highest quality of private and public offerings.

Well, there you have it Beautiful People! Invest in being “Business Ready,” as you’ll never know who your next photo op will be with.  Thanks for stopping by the blog and for your wonderful support. xox

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Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc.  is President & Founder of The Etiquette Society International & Studio 67 Makeup Artistry International

Etiquette certification:  The Etiquette Institute – St. Louis, MO

Makeup Artistry certification:  School of Pro Makeup, Ltd. – Toronto, ON