Summer 2017 is starting off just right~ The Original Queens House Music History will be back at the Daley Plaza Chicago and you need to be there 6.26.17

The Queens House Music History jackin’ bodies in Chicago and globally


The Original Queens of House Music History will be back at the Daley Plaza Chicago and you need to be there 6.26.17.  Once again, Toni Shelton Productions presents The Queens House Music History and lunch time will be a great time to celebrate our Queens of House Music.  It is going to be a great time for all. The dynamic DJ Lori Branch, Celeste Alexander, and First Lady will have the Daley Plaza celebrating the female dj who have been a part of the House music world for many years including giving birth to many djs who are still spinning the music making people “jack their body”.

There has always been the male domination of djs in the house music world and it was time to celebrate the ladies who have been a part of the house music world since the beginning of its inception. Since Chicago is the birthplace of house music it only seemed fitting that if it is the woman gives birth then we need to celebrate the women djs who have shed the same blood, sweat, and tears to make house music a household sound and known across the world.  Many of the djs have gone on and worked in other industries but their first love will always be music, house music. It has been exciting to see the growth and be a part of the movement to keep house music and its legacy alive for many generations especially for those little girls who may one day want to be a dj.

Last year was the inaugural event for the celebration of the contributions of female djs to the house music genre. It was a great time for all and many were there from all walks of life and from other countries dancing and had a great time. It was fun for all and this year 2017 will be no difference!! It was such a joy to see so many old friends, new friends, and those who never have heard of house music but stopped by because they heard the ladies on the turntables! There were workers from various office buildings surrounding the plaza and a few people who were visiting from other countries who took the time out on their lunch break to join us!



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Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs across the globe

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed, discussed, and celebrated, held on the nineteenth of November of each year

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs! Last November there was a worldwide celebration of women entrepreneurs in over 144 countries and it was a great day!  Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a day on which the work of women entrepreneurs is observed, discussed, and celebrated, held on the nineteenth of November of each year. The inaugural event in 2014 was held in New York City at the United Nations, with additional events being held simultaneously in several other countries. 144 nations overall recognized the first WED, which included the presentation of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards. The organization behind WED also has an ambassadorship and fellowship program.


Last November I was honored to once again be the U.S. Ambassador Chicago and we celebrated women who are Fashionpreneurs.  The event was held at Standout Style Boutique 3353 S Morgan St and co-hosted by the fabulous owner Tamika Price.  The women that joined us were influencers, fashion designers, bloggers, and city socialites from around the city.  It was a great time for all of us to come together to celebrate local women entrepreneurs in the Fashion industry.  We were able to network and fellowship with each other while sharing interesting stories about the journey taken to become a Fashionpreneur.

It was also an opportunity to showcase Standout Style Boutique and all of the wonderful items of up and coming local designers who may never have the chance to showcase their designs and artistry outside of the local marketshare.  We had a wonderful celebration sharing stories, noshing on delicious tasty delights, sipping on fabulous wine, and enjoying the energy from other women discussing their journey.

The true beauty of this event was the diversity of the women who attended and the many things we all had in common on the journey of entrepreneurship and the ability to make things happen when sometimes you realize you do not know how you are going to make it happen. Continue reading “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a great way of celebrating women entrepreneurs across the globe”

CONGRATULATIONS DAVID ADJAYE Time 100 includes David Adjaye, list’s sole architect

“Buildings are deeply emotive structures which form our psyche. People think they’re just things they maneuver through, but the makeup of a person is influenced by the nature of spaces” David Adjaye

CONGRATULATIONS DAVID ADJAYE! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet David Adjaye at the Chicago Architectural Biennial 2015. He was quietly walking around observing some the designs in the room when we met in the middle of the room. My friend who had invited me whispered in my ear “that’s David Adjaye and he is the architect for the National Museum of African American History and Culture”.

I was apprehensive on my approach but with her encouragement, I introduced myself and he was gracious enough to take a picture.  It was a humbling experience and it was a wonderful chance to have a brief conversation with a man that has designed a legacy of our history for many generations.

Sir David Adjaye OBE, the Ghanaian British architect, has been selected as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Adjaye, whose National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in September, is the only architect and designer to make the annual list of the world’s movers and shakers.

The influencers, who include, among others, presidents, entertainers, business people, and scientists, are divided into five categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans, and Icons. The 50-year-old architect and founder of Adjaye Associates was nominated in the Icons category alongside U.S. Rep. John Lewis (who introduced a bill in 1988 to create a national African American museum in Washington), actress Viola Davis, writer Margaret Atwood, and Guatemalan judge Thelma Aldana.

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Career criminal scam artist Larry Lenard Lanier aka Navy Lanier is back in circulation. He needs to be on “American Greed” or “America Most Wanted”

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“Be Gritty” “Be Patiently Impatient” The paradigm shift during the reign of the administration forming new entrepreneurial ways of making money

“it is time to “Be Gritty” and “Be Patiently Impatient.” The time is now to create your business plan and get started!” Paul C. Brunson. “20 Successful Habits I Learned Working For Two Billionaires”

Reading the online article “38 Ways To Get Filthy Rich During The Trump Administration” by one of their online contributors, has me re-evaluating the manner in which I choose to deal with the next four years from the business side of the perspective.  In my career, I have worked for men like the current president but not to the depths in which we see currently, however, what is known is the money flow that will be created and after reading the article, it does give one a pause to think twice about the next 3.5 years.

“You may not agree with his politics, but the swearing in of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States should have every entrepreneur salivating.  Trump is not “draining the swamp” – au contraire, mon ami! The swamp is in fact being filled with billionaires who will put making money above all else. From schools to roads to energy and beyond, everything is up for sale.

This is sure to be the friendliest administration to businesses of all sizes that you will see in your lifetime. While you may be upset about the politics of the Trump presidency, it is time to shift gears to get paid as an entrepreneur. Your own actions and results over the next four years will have a greater impact on your success or failure than any of the changes that might result from The Donald and his team.

After reviewing the Trump 100-day plan and digging into the backgrounds of some of his appointees, here are some business opportunities that will present themselves over the next few years in education, energy, infrastructure, prisons, housing, healthcare, politics, and more.”

In this new day of business entrepreneurial endeavors if the spirit is moving then it’s time to act on it and do what you have always wanted to do at this point in life. The rules have changed in the game but if one must deal with the reality of what is going on, then guess it is best to work within what you can control and let go of what you cannot control to make things happen.

Time to really have the outside of the box mindset and thinking in order to work within the changes over the next few years.

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Where Are The African American recruiters? There seems to be a lack of diversity in many group photos of staffing agencies.

There seems to be a lack of Black and Brown skin in the management and recruitment level at many staffing agencies.  It took a minute before one could see the homogenized environment in which one walks into if one is a person of color.  If you look at many of the staff group pictures of various staffing agencies, you will not see one person of color or at the very least one or two with one of them being the receptionist.  There is nothing wrong with having a position as a receptionist since it is one of the most important position within a company because it is first voice of the company a client will hear when they call the company.

In case you missed it, there was a great deal of publicity generated recently when Google’s Laszlo Bock openly announced Google’s diversity numbers. Even Google was disappointed in them, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. Almost every major corporation struggles with meeting their diversity goals as a result of a poorly designed diversity recruiting effort that hasn’t changed much since the 1970s.

Researchers and government officials say hiring discrimination is a particular problem in the industry. Temp agencies face financial pressure to please their customers. Employers sometimes think they can get away with it if a temp agency does the dirty work for them. Temp workers, replaceable on a whim, are especially vulnerable. And with multiple companies intertwined, it’s hard to prove claims of discrimination. Continue reading “Where Are The African American recruiters? There seems to be a lack of diversity in many group photos of staffing agencies.”