On July 27th, we will bring to the Hampton Roads area a powerful energetic panel. Get to know each panelist below:
Cheryl "COKO" Gamble
Cheryl Elizabeth Gamble, better known by her stage name Coko, is an American R&B recording artist and television personality. Clemons is best known as the lead singer of the American R&B vocal trio Sisters With Voices (SWV).Aside from her R&B career, Clemons also has a solo gospel career.
Cheryl Gamble is also known as the world renowned ‘Coko’ from the Grammy nominated and 2017 Lady of Soul Award winning R&B group Sisters With Voices (SWV). SWV have sold more than 25 million records, making them one of the best selling girl groups of all time.
Coko is notably known for her lead vocals but she is also known as a woman with great fashion sense and make-up style. She is no stranger to being a business woman. Her goal is to empower women to own their own slay in their unique and individual way.
To be successful in the music business, one must balance a strong passion for music, possess an extraordinary imagination and be a vivid dreamer. These are all qualities and characteristics to accurately describe businesswoman, mother and entrepreneur Gabrielle Sands Jones, one of the music industry’s most sought after visionaries.
Jones recalls her love for music is what birthed her childhood dream of working in the music industry. It also provided the fuel that guides her passion for her career today and is something that has helped her keep that passion alive for the last decade. A self-described servant by nature, Jones has been motivated throughout her career by putting others first and delights in her dream job of taking an artist in his or her perspective craft then honing in on their strengths and developing them into something much greater.
Jones’ hard work and expertise has afforded her the opportunity to serve as marketing manager for RCA Inspiration at Sony Music, where she handled all marketing and branding for artists. Jones has coordinated music videos, photo shoots and created album packaging during her tenure at Entertainment One as marketing coordinator. For seven years, Jones formerly served as both road manager and business partner for SangGirl, Inc. along with six-time Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Kelly Price. Jones has also worked with other industry titans such as multiple Grammy, NAACP Image & Stellar Award-winning artists like Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell (of MaryMary) and Le’Andria Johnson, in addition to Tweet, Michelle Williams, Kenny Lattimore and newcomer Mack Wilds.
Equally committed to her dual roles as a single mother and businesswoman, Jones says her faith in God is what drives her toward remaining successful in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. Managing and balancing the enormous amount of travel it takes while being away from her family, Jones stays driven by her career goals and strategic intellect.
“My experience has shown me that working closely with artists, labels and promoters that there is a need for a liaison that knows each side in order to bring balance to this intersection,” says Jones. “My ultimate goal is for the artist to feel like a partner.” Jones says her skillsets and exciting new business endeavors are set forth to bring not only the fans a great experience, but an extraordinary outlook on the brand, all genres of music and knowing that all business aspects have been handled behind the scenes for the artist as well.
“I want to make a difference in music by bringing integrity, cohesiveness and structure back to the forefront.” Jones is poised to do just that and so much more in the years to come.
The Hair Icon
Shiree Mcclendon a.k.a. the Hair Icon has been a Salon Owner for over 10 years. She began Hair Icon Beauty Bar located in Norfolk Virginia in 2009. She launched her career as an Cosmetologist first by assisting in a near by Salon. over 20 years ago. Later, Shiree began traveling doing hair and make up for various reality shows styling stars such as Erica Dixon from love and hip-hop Coko from SWV And Y’Anna Crowley from BET’s Sunday Best and the list goes on! She prides herself on being innovative and able to step outside box. Shiree felt inspired to design products such as The THI CORDLESS FLATIRON and MELT MIRACLE LACE ADHESIVE just to name a few. They are also featured on her Website Thehairicon.com. Where she also sells Hair and Lace wigs. Currently Shiree is preparing for the Grand Opening For “DreamRx” Beauty & Body Lounge. Which is her new 3000 sqft.² Beauty Enhancement facility She plans to employee almost 20 employees with positions in Hair, Nails, Massage Therapy, Estheticians, and Medical Aesthetics She firmly believes to whom much is given much is required and if you speak it, you’ll receive it!!
Shiree McClendon @Thehairicon IG/Twitter
Hair Icon Beauty Bar
THI Cordless Industries LLC.
913 W. 21st street
Norfolk, VA 23517
Dr. Richard Mason, Jr.
Professor at Hampton Univ.
For the past twenty, years, The Honorable Dr. Richard Mason, Jr. has been working to improve the lives of youth and their families in a number of settings. He is a visionary leader, manager, and Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Georgia with experience in mental health, education, the court system, and business. He is successful at establishing creative partnerships to enhance services, obtain funding, and create community awareness. Dr. Mason is currently an Associate Professor at Hampton University where he serves as the chair of the Department of Counseling.
Dr. Mason is actively involved in the Hampton Roads Community. He served as a “Child and Adolescent Expert” providing insight to the kids on WAVY TV 10’s “Kid Talk” Show, and can be seen speaking to a number of youth within the various schools throughout Hampton Roads. Dr. Mason was appointed to the Virginia’s Promise Advisory Board by Former Attorney General Mark Earley where he worked with Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Campaign to bring resources and services to youth throughout Virginia. Dr. Mason is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and 100 Black Men of the Virginia Peninsula.
Believing in the difference that is made in the lives of children when Parents connect with the School, Dr. Mason is actively involved with Hampton City Schools. He has served on several committees including the Principal’s hiring committee, School zoning committee, elementary and middle school alignment committee, and the student support services community initiative committee. Additionally, Dr. Mason has been very involved with the PTA. At the elementary level, he served as the Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Machen Elementary School PTA. In addition, he served two terms as President of the George P. Phoenix PreK-8 School PTA. Under his leadership, both PTA’s were able to provide funding for educational opportunities for students at each school. In May of 2018, Dr. Mason was elected to the Hampton City School Board and began his first term as a School Board Member on July 1st.
Dr. Mason has a passion for mentoring. In previous years, he has served as the Chair for the fraternity’s Omega League, which is a mentoring program for high school boys. In 1997, for his outstanding service and commitment to the fraternity, Dr. Mason was awarded Omega Man of the Year. Immediately following, he was recognized in 1998 as Greek of the Year by the Peninsula Pan-Hellenic Council. For his outstanding commitment to excellence in all areas, Dr. Mason was recognized by Hampton Roads Inside Business in 2004 as one of the Top 40 Business Leaders under 40 in the Hampton Roads Area; In 2006, he was awarded the Social Action/ Humanitarian Award by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; And for his academic achievements, also in 2006, he was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and in 2007 he was Inducted into the Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society. In 2011, Dr. Mason was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award by the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Dr. Mason is a graduate of Hampton University with a BA in Political Science and an MA in Agency Counseling. In addition, he earned an Ed.S. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the College of William & Mary and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. Additionally, Dr. Mason holds an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Certification through the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC).
Dr. Mason resides in Hampton with his wife Dr. Kellie Mason and their son, Richard Mason, III.
Evangeline Medly- Jenkins
Renewed Flawless Beauty
From Foster Care to Makeup artist growing up in the roughest parts of Norfolk was hard. Being bullied in school was a normal thing for her. Suffering from low self esteem drove her to her next plan. That plan was that every young, middle age or eldery woman will feel beyond beautiful about themself. She prays before each client and with each touch she builds the clients confidence.
Evangelene has been educated, also has been in the industry for more than a decade. She has fallen in love with all different types of skin. She is known for her bold eyes to her unique blending techniques. Evangelene has developed a strong fan base on social media that keeps her inspired and driven.
She has worked very hard in this industry, While working for MAC Evangelene was able to build clientele and solid relationships all while still working her regular clients on her days off from MAC. Evangelene landed a makeup job with TVone And Unsung. She has also worked with SWV (Coko) Relatives. Cardi B, Kash Doll and Erica Mena. She always pray and put God first and He always makes a way. Evangelene has also taught several artist in the area. Traveled to many states doing brides and clients. Going to the hospital and doing a client is so rewarding she says. After a major cancer surgery you want to feel good and you want to look good. So I make it my best interest to go Renew my clients. Evangelene work has been show cased in many magazines. She has also has did a bride from “Say Yes to the Dress” Evangelene has also did makeup for several funeral homes in the area. “Very peaceful” she says. Evangelene was interviewed on the local news about how she made it out of foster care to where she is now. “All Because of Gods Grace, she says.”
A word from the owner:
“Hello everyone I wanted to take the time to say thank you so much to all my clients and supporters that have trusted me with you beautiful canvas. This business is rewarding. Never give up on your dreams. Prayer, Faith Courage and Drive with take you so far. Believe and never doubt your Gift. I promise you that you will reap the benefits of your hard labor.”
“It’s more than just makeup, It’s a state of mind.
Come and be Renewed
Music Industry Management/ TV Producer
Cory Taylor is a talented music industry professional with over decade of experience. The Virginia native entered the Music Entertainment industry in 2005 as Day Manager for Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, member of MultiPlatinum, Grammy-nominated, R&B trio, “Sisters With Voices”, better known as SWV.
Cory supported Coko in the production of her first Gospel album,“Grateful,” which received a Grammy nomination. In 2008, he accelerated to the role of full-time manager during the production of her second Gospel album “The Winner in Me.” Impressed by his professionalism, leadership and tenacity, SWV hired him as its full-time manager.
Cory also served as full time manager for Kameelah ”Meelah” Williams former lead singer of “702” and was very instrumental in securing her on the last season TVOne R&B Divas Atlanta.
Cory fused his passion for music and artist development and founded 21 Voices Entertainment, a management consulting and entertainment
agency. He was instrumental in securing a new album deal for SWV at Mass Appeal /E1 Entertainment in 2011 and the SWV brand; which includes
business relations, international, national and regional travels; performances, recordings and daily activities. Over the years, Cory has supported and secured music business for Keith Sweat, Kelly Price, Changing Faces, Lisa Page Brooks, Isaac Carree, R.L. of Next, TWEET,
BLACKSTREET, Faith Evans, and 112, JIM JONES, Carl Thomas, Fantasia, Musiq Soul Child, Shanice Wilson and Meelah of 702. In 2010, Cory founded “R&B Nights” now known as “RnB Spotlight” a
monthly showcase hosted monthly at the legendary SOB’s in NYC. The purpose of “Spotlight” is to open the curtain of opportunity for the next superstars to be discovered. This platform gave an opportunity to showcase their talents and gain local and national exposure in the R&B community. Chart-topping superstars have headlined the showcase, including SWV, Kenny Lattimore, R.L. of 90’s R&B group Next; Meelah of 702, LaTocha Scott of Xscape, Mario Winans, Dru Hill, SunshineAnderson, Faith Evans and more. Cory was responsible for securing SWV reality series “SWV REUNITED “on WETv and served as the executive producer for the series. “SWV
REUNITED” was the #1 highest rated freshman show in the networks history. Show debut at #1 and was one WETv highest rated shows.
This past June “The Coko and Cory show “debuted on over 40 Musical Soul Food Stations (FM 100.9 in VA) and airs each Saturday at Noon Easter
Cory recently teamed up with Grammy Award winner Faith Evans to produce several up coming docuseries together. Cory also has teamed up with VIBE Magazine that will feature his column
weekly centered on new and upcoming rising artist.
In November 2017, Cory was able to reunite Multiplatinum R&B group “702” after being disbanded for over 15 years. This historic reunion
allowed “702” to be featured on TVOne series of “UnSung” and a spotlight on The Soul Train Awards. Since that time, “702” has been back on the road touring on stage with Dru Hill, RBRM, Ginuwine, Jagged Edge, Faith Evans, Guy, Blacksteet and others to name a few.
Cory was also honored in 2017 by SWV and BET as manager for SWV for over seven years, his leadership and contributions made while managing their career.
Cory studied at Columbus State University and Tidewater Community College with a Special Concentration in Business Management. Cory currently serves as an advisor to the G.E.T. Empowered Community
Development Corporation for their annual Back to School Give-A-Away which services thousands of financially deprived families.
MUA/ OWNER OF RATED PRETTY GIRL MAKEUP ARTISTRY
Virginia based makeup artist, Jaylynn, Owner of Rated Pretty Girl Makeup Artistry, has always love creative arts.
After receiving her M.A in Journalism, Jaylynn, also known as Jay Tee, developed her artistry skills and instantaneously, her hobby transitioned into a career as a pro beauty specialist. Within months, she acquired her first celebrity client as well as her first cover of a magazine. Within her first year as a makeup artist, she provided makeup services for songstress Lalah Hathaway and BET’s Sunday’s Best finalist Alexis Spight. She was featured on Essence Magazine’s website for top Instagram’s Magic Makeover and had the opportunity to travel and serve as hip hop's icon Lil' Kim's makeup artist. Jay Tee appeared on Lifetime's Beyond the Spotlight, Season 1 Episode 2 where she worked with celebrity choreographer Laurie Anne Gibson, creative director for Fantasia Barino's tour.
During 2016, she had the pleasure to service over 30 brides without collaborating with wedding vendors. With the use of social media and word of mouth, Jay Tee has become one of the top bridal artists on the east coast. Although she lives in Virginia, by 2017 Jay Tee had grown a national bridal clientele and booked brides near and far - Michigan, Massachusetts and New York just to name a few. Brides confidently book her and fly her around the country with no doubts on her capabilities to deliver their vision for their dream wedding!
Due to her high demands in Hampton Roads area, she opened up Rated Pretty Girl Beauty Bar fall 2016 in Virginia Beach allowing her to cater to more clients and to provide the ultimate beauty experience. One year later, she established a second location in downtown Norfolk, and opened up her Virginia Beach location to other makeup artists to better serve their clients with the same luxurious experience. Lastly, Jay Tee is a two time ACHI makeup artist of the year nominee for 2016 and 2017.
As a self-taught makeup artist, she understands the importance of catering to each client's personality. Despite the clients' request for minimal or drama, her aesthetics are known for the ability to achieve clean flawless faces.
Owner of Wing Bistro/ Founder of Black Restaurant Week
Owner of The WING BISTRO in Hampton Virginia.
Opened in 2011, Wing Bistro Chicken & Waffles was revealed. The restaurant was the first of its kind in the Hampton Roads area. Wing Bistro's reviews are outstanding and the unique concept is well accepted in the community. The all new Hampton VA, location reveals a greater quality in healthy American Cuisine with a Soulful twist.
Our chicken is prepared through a very unique dual process, the first step is with an innovative new grease less fryer. This results in up to 60% lower in fat, no trans-fat and 0% cholesterol. The process that is used like no other in the wing industry prepares each wing for maximum absorption of each of our Signature Wing Bistro flavors. Wing Bistro Chicken and waffles brings you youth and vitality without sacrificing the comfort and flavors that make the Chicken & Waffles rich and satisfying.