“I’ve always had a thing for fashion,” she said, “now it’s time to step it up”. Kahdejah Evonne, who is a young entrepreneur has reached back into another one of her passions, fashion. Just at the age of 10, Kahdejah established a thing for sewing, for her mother bought her her first sewing machine. “My mother was a sewing queen, she could literally make ANYTHING, including prom dresses.” Indeed, this is where she got it from. Yet Kahdejah didn’t quite pick up on the sewing as quickly as her mother did, yet the styling and a passion for arts, from her standpoint, fashion is art, the body is a canvas. Evonne even modeled for 3 years in the city of Memphis, taking it seriously, while making a name for herself with her fashion photos, at 18 she received shots from multiple Memphis photographers and walked numerous runways, standing 6’0 tall.
From her artsy talents, to her tall figure, Kahdejah has never lost her passion for her inner focus, making the body like a project of home decor, you put together many patterns and solids, then you have a master piece. That is true indeed, Kahdejah feels that the way you dress is your first impression, and she has decided to leave an everlasting mark on everyone she has come in contact with. If it’s either with her outfit, or her elegant smile or maybe even her hats, stunning outfits, fashion and swag is one her missions.
So what made her call the clothing collection “Elegant Ego?” For years people have put forth that, an Ego is potentially a bad cause, when it’s not. But she wanted a different approach, we all know your ego is what defines you, from when you are a kid, until when you become an adult. The Ego has never been bad, it’s what defines the person, it’s all about the adjective you put in front of it, Kahdejah chose elegance. “My ego is elegant,” she said, “graceful, stylish simple and unique, I don’t want too much, I don’t ask for much, and I don’t do too much, I just stand there and chill it out, yet when I speak, I’m going to make sure you hear me first from what I wear, I really don’t have to say a word when you see me from across the room, that’s a good quote for business personnel,” said Evonne.
If you look at the definition, as well as from a psychological standpoint, why would any human want to kill someone’s ego, it’s potentially killing their self-esteem,” she said, “this time we don’t play by the rules, we’re keeping our egos on the table , and we’re going to do it elegantly.” Now that is swag…she said she plans to do this through her clothing, not just for herself, but everyone around her.
“There is a lot of things out there we don’t like, but it’s nothing to look good, if you look good, everybody will respect before you even speak.”
-Kahdejah Evonne Stevens on Elegant Ego
Elegant Ego is preparing to release in May, check out its latest fashion the dopest collection of modern day signature fedora hats.
Branding is initially important when it comes to any business, small as well as large. Branding companies have been in business for years, helping develop other companies to successfully release their product into the community. With that being said, Memphis is one of the places where branding is important, as well marketing to reach an audience like no other. “Memphis is the place to be,” said Jazmine, who is a 6-figure business owner of Dream Life, a branding company that is located in the glorious city of Memphis,TN. “Honestly, when I lived in Atlanta, I didn’t receive as much support as I did from moving to Memphis.” Jazmine is initially from Alabama, yet her story of building her brand will inspire you wholeheartedly. From talking to Jazmine, her story was a series of “falling down and getting back up”,while building herself before you could do anything else, then you could “be about your business,” so she says.
The Come Up, Living A “Dream Life”
To be exact, Dream Life branding company is not only a company that consist of branding, yet developing personnel to become the greatest assets to themselves and those around them. Jazmine, has lived a life of trail and error, while looking to fulfill her dreams to become one of the most established boss chicks on the block. Yet, like it is always said, you have to take a loss to become boss. She did this for sure, not just with money, yet with herself. As a boss chick, she was quite frankly open to discuss everything she encountered to get to where she is today, and now she says, “she’s living her wildest dreams.” But to get to this point, you may will see a few nightmares. Just at the age of 21, the 6-figure business owner OWNED a 2-story house in Atlanta as well as drove a Mercedes Benz. “It wasn’t all about that,” she said, “people will look at you and think you have it all together but I didn’t.” Jaszmine’s story was touching on the emotional part of getting to the “Dream Life,” that was in fact being in relationships with those who were not fit to where she was going, as well as working jobs that were only for the moment. With her honesty, she explained how she once engaged in exotic dancing at night clubs, which made her a ton of money, yet honestly, that was not the life the young entrepreneur wanted to live. That was before, she even knew she would own her own company.
The city of Atlanta is one of the hottest and fastest moving areas in the south. Entrepreneurs and entertainers from all over travel to live in the peach state based off what other multimillionaires have expressed with their successes. The city is some what established, and allow those looking to grow develop opportunities of a life time, and believe it or not while there, one day you will be your regular hardworking self, the next, you will be a millionaire. This is the “beautiful dream,” Jazmine once had, after moving away from Alabama, with her loving and caring mother. Indeed, Jazmine wanted more, so Atlanta of course, was her first stop. She started her dreams in the big city instantly. The young woman lived in Atlanta for 9 years before deciding to move to Memphis,TN. There, she also worked in retail management at Journeys, running stores for the company before she decided to run her own. With hectic job days, Jazmine felt she did not have any peace, not at work, neither at home or her relationships. She was already away from her mother, who was dealing with a sickness, and terribly, she was involved in a domestically violent and emotionally abusive relationship. Jazmine, suffered from this tournament for multiple years. “It was hard,” she said, “around this this time I had nothing.” Jazmine expressed how she finally left the relationship after so many years, while watching a half of million dollar house leave her, as well as her luxury cars and expensive life. Yet she did not regret this, she just wanted to get away from the beautiful nightmare she was living, for a few moments, Jazmine remained completely homeless, with no way to get back to her mother. Yet the young entrepreneur did not stop looking to God, not matter her struggles.
The “Absolute” Dream LifeGod’s Promise
Jazmine admitted that Atlanta was a beautiful city, and with her dancing as well as leaving that life to become a General Manager at Journeys, she made GOOD MONEY. Yet she also explained the worst part of it all, the cost of living. She explained how living in the place was overly expensive and it took a lot of money to “remain relevant,” that was even with her own business, which she decided to start when she finally woke up from her beautiful nightmare. After seeing herself loose thousands of dollars, Jazmine finally invested herself into real entrepreneurship. She started selling jewelry. With that, and her being the beautiful person she is, people started to support her. Everyday costumers who came into the store believed in Jazmine, and also started to purchase more of her products, even her own employees. If Jazmine didn’t believe in anything else she believed in being a great person and charisma was a great marketing tool. “I started to see people really supported what I did, I thought wow, ok I really can do this I’m also making some extra money,” said Jazmine. Yet she still was hesitant, after years of dealing with a relationship that ruined her confidence and seeing everything go down the drain, Jazmine decided not to move forward with her business, until one day, she was unexpectedly fired from her general manager position at Journeys. This was God encouraging her to “move,” and that is all she needed.
Now with no job, and just a plan she had no choice but to lean further into entrepreneurship. She kept selling her merchandise and even developed her a website, the business was developed and Jazmine named it “Dream Treasurez.” Originally, the business was soft branding, styling individuals with her brand clothing and selling them her jewelry. The brand developed well, but Jazmine just knew in her heart she wanted more, and that was only God giving her all of her desires. Jazmine maxed out at 30K a year while working Dream Treasurez, but she knew there was something out there for her different, and it was the “Dream Life.” That was within God’s will and promise for her life, Jazmine packed her bags and moved to Memphis.
The Dream Life Is In Memphis
Upon moving to Memphis, things were very slow for her, business was fine but it was not picking up as much as it should while making it to a different city. “Memphis, was ok,” she said,”but I liked it, it was slower than Atlanta and everyone there was not doing the same exact thing, it was so beautiful in Memphis, here I knew my business could grow.” And it did! Jazmine, with her outgoing and lovely personality started networking, which is a very important thing when it comes to business in any big city. She explained how in Atlanta you had to spend so much money to keep up with the flow. How you had to spend entirely too much just to stay relevant, she began to become tired of it, but in Memphis, she could pick up the slack and develop her business just the way she wanted it. Jazmine is smart, there aren’t a lot of branding companies in Memphis that does it like her. She began her branding company with only $500, ordering boxes, shirts and other tools to help others establish their businesses. Since she had a heart and love for people she felt she was in the right career, all the way to the point to where she no longer had to work her job, Jazmine went from making 30K to 100 thousand dollars a year, while working her own business. “It was a dream come true,” she said,” never did I think I would touch 100K just by running my business alone, God had really sent me a blessing and the blessings just keep coming.” And they did, she began working with top companies in Memphis including the Tri-State Defender and L3 Media, not to mention all the work she has done for other six figure entrepreneurs in the city. Memphis started to become more like home for her, Memphis became the ultimate dream life, and here she found her husband. What’s more beautiful, than establishing a very know business, and finding the love of your life, God has truly blessed her and she continues to put him first as well as to wanting to do that for others, which is a major part and the foundation of her business. Jazmine on the other hand, loves her dreamers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit numerous hospitals around the world and America. Kahdejah Evonne, who owns “Painting In The City,” her inspirational urban art platform has created a piece of strength as well as unity, showing a picture of doctors, paramedics and nurses standing strong, while their tears resemble strength. 5,000 poster copies of the piece will be printed and shipped to hospitals, the piece already has gotten some news recognition also, and will be printed off as well as sent to hospitals around the nation starting with her hometown ,Memphis. To donate to a good cause visit @paintinginthecity__ on Instagram and Facebook.
To watch the 3 minute heartfelt video in regards to the “realness” of what’s going on in the hospitals and COVID-19 click here
With so much going on in one day, Kahdejah Evonne has made it easier, for you to see what she is doing, and what is going on in Memphis for the city’s top business owners and productions. Kahdejah Evonne has released an April issue of her monthly news letter, the newsletter will release on the 15th of every month, which will contain information on upcoming books, fashion, blogs and more! You could view this monthly news letter on her Instagram page @conversationswithevonne, her website http://www.conversationswithevonne.com, Facebook and many more social media platfoms! Thanks for tuning in, we hope you enjoy the read and as always BE BLESSED!
Sincerely and best regards,
“The best way to live life is through hope,faith and joy, then comes the money, lol…”
The COVID-19 crisis, better know as “Coronavirus,” has effected individuals around the nation and GLOBALLY. Businesses, events, and stadiums have all shut down putting a halt on everyday life. With so much going on and so little movement, quarantine has been the best, yet effective, answer to stop the spread of this virus. But another form of it, is positivity and Kahdejah Evonne has lived and strived for good counsel, as well as individuality. Since this and hope has been working, America has come together to put an end to this particular area. Yet, something else that America resides on has ended, that is the hope for tomorrow regarding our upcoming doctors, teachers, medical professionals, and workforce men this is, our college students.
The Closing ofColleges and Schools
With everything else closing around America, another major area was colleges and schools. Parents of small children and young adults woke up with concern for their children will be away from professional studies as well as college students whom have never experienced a computer as the typical college life.
Conversations with Evonne Life Coaching & Consulting Firm
Now, Conversations with Evonne is bringing a new flow. As we know Kahdejah Evonne Stevens, is a Life Coach, business woman and Consultant, using her blog as branding and content for big names and businesses around Memphis. Her blog is known for its quality and style, as well as her ability to write books and counsel people through her motivational conversations and as a psychological anger management specialist. Yet another thing she teaches is stress relief, teaching people to battle with doubts and insecurities helps as well. Kahdejah Evonne is a college student herself, working on her Doctorate of Behavioral Health which is strictly online as well, she is an “A” student. Yet did we forget to mention she is the 8th Entrepreneurship teacher at Hanley Middle Schools, so therefore structure and work mixed with a lot of fun and Jesus, is all she knows. If you think anything is treacherous and strenuous, trying writing a 16-page Clinical Psychology doctoral paper in just one night, with research for justifications. As a life coach, psychology professional, business woman and consultant , Conversations with Evonne has exactly what you need. Within her Life Coaching and Consulting brand, she has developed multiple curriculums for coaching individuals to reach an area of success, one in fact is “College Readiness,” which is very needed for college students today.
College Readiness Curriculum
So what does the “College Readiness” Life Coaching Packet consist of? It contains a phone consultation of where you want to be by the end of the semester, an optimistic structured academic time frame for homework, and a college readiness plan that will give you stress relief as well as plenty of time to still give yourself and your family. If you are interested in this free Life Coaching program, please contact Comversations with Evonne via email: email@example.com or on her Instagram account @conversationswithevonne. You could also contact her on Facebook via search engine “Kahdejah Evonne Stevens.” Or take the time to listen to our motivational podcast which has 1.5k listeners. We look forward to meeting with you, and thank you for contacting us during this crisis. God Bless and we, with God, will get through this TOGETHER. Be blessed and safe out there lovelies.
Kahdejah Evonne is excited to announce that she will be hosting, branding and consulting her first big event here in her hometown, Memphis, TN the official Juneteenth Urban Music Festival. This year, the event will be June19th-June 21st. Every year, the Urban Music The festival will talk place this summer in Memphis, Tn. President Telisa Franklin has decided to use the most popular downtown location again Robert Church Park, which is located in the heart of downtown Memphis between the FedEx Forum and Beale Street. This year the event will be held during Father’s Day Weekend as thousands of city citizens will gather in the park to celebrate FREEDOM. If you don’t know much about Juneteenth and it’s celebrations, which are world wide here is a small rundown of what we do in Memphis.
The Juneteenth Urban Music Festival provides opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners to market their goods, products and services to thousands. We also cater to the needs of children and youth though out the Memphis and surrounding communities. Juneteenth has a positive impact to our community during the festival with many exciting opportunities such as:
-Community Job/Empowerment Fair that is open to the public -City Wide youth evening of stars that allows young people across the city to exhibit their gifts and talents -Annual Gala honoring our citizens such as police officers, pastors, health care officials, and educators -We host a kids day festival that allows day cares, schools and community centers for food and fun all day -Encourage and empowers kids entrepreneurs to exhibit their creative businesses during the festival -We offer a peer mentorship and self-esteem for our children and youth -We host a free admission festival for the entire city to come and enjoy.
“I’m a Memphis native, actually started my career by working at Fed-Ex kinkos, and let’s not forget my passion for art,” said Kelvin, who now runs a T-Shirt and graphics production company that produces over 1,000 shirts per hour, Kelvin is a true definition of an entrepreneur in Memphis. He went to Overton High School, which is known for its outstanding courses in Arts, Kelvin graduated in 2005 with his high school diploma. Upon graduating, he attended The University of Chattanooga, where he majored in Graphic Design. But wait, let’s travel back to the area he is originally from, Orange Mound. As we all know, Orange Mound is a very historical part of Memphis,TN. Being one of the first areas that established, it produced tons of entrepreneurs in the early years of development and had not stopped for Kelvin was raised in the midst of it all. Not only does Kelvin has a heart for arts, and Memphis,TN but his hometown, Orange Mound, where he also has established unique clothing line expressed as “The Mound Collection.” Yet his passion does not stop there, all of the majority from the collection is donated back into the community, which eventually lead to him opening a coffee shop, directly in the historic area. “I’m very passionate about The Mound,” said Kelvin, where he is the Board Chair Juice Orange Mound ,who mission is to develop and advance self-reliance by building capacity and engagement among citizens and businesses in Orange Mound and the larger community.
Within this organization Kelvin has helped construct multiple community based resources in the Orange Mound Area, including a possible entrepreneurship center, which will have a host of resources for entrepreneurs trying to make a difference. “I never give myself all the credit,” said the very humbled and well rounded Kelvin, “our community board is a team, and we all work hard to make a difference which directs our passion to see change in Orange Mound.”
Kevin conversed about his ups and downs while getting to the point in life he is in now, he explained, “I really can’t remember all the highs nor lows, but one thing I really can talk about is the importance of understanding failures.” Kelvin, believes in pressing forward while leaving the pain of hardships behind him, having a tunnel vision is what put him in the position he is in today. At the age of 18, while attending UT Chattanooga, Kelvin worked for FedEx, creating graphics and projects for different franchises including the very know Krystal’s. He expressed the long nights and early mornings he had because of working the third shift for the company. Yet Kelvin didn’t know that one day he will have a franchise of his own. After working for FedEx for 6 years, Kelvin decided, that he didn’t want to work for anyone, anymore. So, with his creative abilities and his entrepreneurship mindset, Kelvin came up with a idea, that is The Tee Shirt Lab, which has had four stores opening throughout the mid-south, now having one of its main stores in Whitehaven.
The Tee Shirt Lab has conducted business with multiple personnel, including large establishments like, colleges, small as well as large businesses and a lot for The City Of Memphis. The company runs some major productions, with 200-250 shirts being its minimum quantity in printing, The Tee Shirt Lab is known to be a major screen printing company. Believe it or not, the company started in a 2 car-garage, and has come a long way since then, having different franchises in Atlanta and Nashville. When Kelvin expressed his lows, he didn’t hide the fact that it hurts to see everything one day and lose it the next. He explained his business lows were merely lessons, after closing one of his stores in Memphis. Yet to be an entrepreneur, he feels, knowledge to the community about what entrepreneurship really is, is needed to teach the truth about it to millennials and individuals who are looking to start businesses. “The community needs this,” said Kelvin,” honestly if I knew at 18 what I had to go through to get to where I am now, I probably wouldn’t have done it, but education is key.”
Not only does Kelvin have a passion for entrepreneurship,business his people and Memphis, yet his family and art as well. He is a very loving husband as well as father, who takes value to his family. Working hard with his wife beside him, Kelvin used his wife’s encouraging words to find his way back to himself. That started after he conducted a six foot art portrait of his daughter, a few pieces of the late Martin Luther King Jr, during his birthday celebration here in Downtown Memphis, as well as murals and a multitude of other pieces, which eventually showed his true talents, Kelvin also had a passion for art.
Black Art-Ish, one of the many creative establishments that have steamed from Kelvin’s head, has been one of the biggest art shows that have ever been conducted in Memphis. Not knowing how big the event could actually become, yet with an entrepreneur mindset, Kelvin and his wife started it in the summer of 2018. Kelvin bragged on his soul mate, stating that she was the motivation behind his doings, encouraging him one day to, “get up and do something with this,” as she watched him complete multiple portraits in their home. At first, Kelvin hung up art for a very long time, knowing that his passion for entrepreneurship had over shadowed it, as well as his love for his franchise The Tee Shirt Lab. But, his wife was there, uplifting him and staying close by supporting his talents and dreams. It was time for Kelvin to use all of them.This also proved that a strong woman can help a man complete his vision when she is the right one, he explained that she has been by his side every since, even helping set up photo shoots for his artist, and always lending a helping hand. This is not proves what black art can do for a community, yet what black love could for a talent and all over vision as well, creating something as beautiful and intellectual as to what they did. Since then, it has all been in the books, Black Art-Ish Memphis Art Show has been a hit.
So then, it happened, Kelvin held his first Black Art-Ish gallery on Summer Avenue. “I was very impressed with the numbers,” said Kelvin,” we had a little over 500 people attend and the atmosphere was exciting.” Kelvin teamed up with very known artist around Memphis to complete his vision. He felt that since he was just entering the art world again that he should find those who are more established in the field, and create a show that we have never seen before, with black arts and history. Kelvin ,made history in Memphis indeed, the show did not just consist of artist around Memphis, yet sculptors, musicians and poets as well. This was all forms of black arts in one room from literature to visual.
Well, they did not stop of course, Black Art-Ish will be held again in Memphis this June. This year’s event will be more amazing and BIGGER, having over 30 artist in attendance with an expected audience of over 1,200 people. Kelvin was even more excited to announce that the event will be held at The Children’s Museum of Memphis, which has a more historic view and exactly what he needed, a great amount of space. Kelvin explained if he could give any advice to entrepreneurs in greater Memphis or anyone is to keep networking, for it is key as well as knowing the difference between failures and success. “Some people think failure is on one side and and success is on the other, and if you fail you cannot get to success, but that is not true, in order to get to success, you have to go through failure because honestly, it is in the middle.”
For more information on The Tee Shirt Lab and Black Art-Ish visit the establishments on their Instagram or all social media platforms. Also check in with Conversations with Evonne for more information on upcoming events including Black Art-Ish Memphis. I am Kahdejah Evonne and thanks for tuning into Conversations with Evonne. This is 9012MyCity What’s Going On In Memphis, and please remember always be blessed, have a wonderful week and weekend from the Conversations with Evonne family. With best regards,
–Kahdejah Evonne Stevens
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The city of Memphis is the birth place of many passionate entrepreneurs, from clothing lines to 1 million dollar industries, Memphis is the place where one can be whatever they want to be or as the Givens brothers feel Memphis to them is the “the city of opportunity.” Curtis and Corliss Givens have had their hands in the entertainment business for over 10 years, from failures to open opportunities these two men feel that highs and lows do not exist, they are only doors that open up a life of greatness.
“There Is No Losses Only Lessons”
It all started with two young men whom had a plan, that plan, was a rake and trash bags picking up leaves all through the summer as teenagers to create an area of income for themselves, was how they were taught early. As we all know, Memphis is a great place to be as an entrepreneur, a lot of people feel that their city is the city of struggle, but in Memphis we say, if you make it here, you can make it anywhere, and that’s what the brothers have done. Being an entrepreneur in Memphis creates thick skin like no other, it molds you exactly into the person you want to be. Corliss explained they received their interest in entrepreneurship from their father, who was a hard working man, happy to be an entrepreneur and teaching the young boys how to “have their own.” “We grew up around business,” said Corliss, “so it was only right that we track in his foot steps and invest in our own.” The brothers were close, living side by side even in the same bedroom as kids, working hard for one another yet most importantly, showing LoVe. That indeed isn’t what crossed their minds at that time, only picking up leaves and trying to become the greatest landscapers they could be at that moment, being great was all they knew.
“We were always molding ourselves to be the alpha men,” said Corliss Givens, who took the time to sit down with me at Sage Bistro one Wednesday evening to express the ups and downs he and his brother faced to get to where they are today. Corliss and Curtis, even though they were extremely close, attended different high schools, Curtis graduating from Fairly High School and Corliss Whitehaven. “We were top in our class,” he said, “making the top grades, graduating at the top of our class even in sports, we just wanted to be the greatest. Second place and being average was not in our make up.” This indeed was the truth, after a while, this is what the two showed the Memphis community, and the entertainment business.
The LoVe For People
The two were family men, loving on their families including all people around them. They were active in their local church and learned the values of family from those who they kept near. They involved themselves in the right people yet most importantly, they poured into each other.” We were close,” said Corliss.” Surely they were, through all the ups and downs they have had in business, the two remained cohesive, through any trial that came their way. Yet, it was something else they held dearly to them, something that will probably leave people astonished, the brothers loved to see people around them happy. Joy as well as seeing people smile is what they lived for. Since they figured that happiness is what drove them, they finally decided to step into the entertainment business, Curtis and Corliss became promoters.
From The Paramount Ball Room To The Premier
So how did what’s going on in Memphis entertainment happen today, well that of course, started at the Paramount Ball Room. The owners of the facility were the first who gave the brothers a chance, allowing them to host local parties for young adults in the city of Memphis. “The parties were going great, we had people showing up to enjoy themselves right in Paramount Ball Room,” he said. In fact, the two did so well that the owners finally decided to let them promote more parties at the location, since it brought them an excessive amount of business, the owners told the brothers to take over at the location giving them room to “run things the way they wanted.” After so many parties the walls in the Paramount Ball room came down, and since the floors shook so much from the great levels of music and people entering to enjoy themselves at night, the place eventually became, “The Premier.”
The Premier was the place to be every weekend. Right next door to a busy Walmart getting traffic inside the club doors was not hard at all, yet since the brothers worked so hard to be the greatest, they promoted day in and day out for every party they had, notice social media really did not exist at this moment. They promoted on foot, through flyers and word of mouth, this indeed is what makes them the well rounded entrepreneurs they are today, they have seen the best of both worlds, social media just made it easier. The Premier Night Club was the place to be, making the brothers a steady amount of income, yet that fantasy eventually vanished. After multiple ups and downs at the location, the brothers eventually had to close the establishment, they wanted to revamp their business, by only having the best and trying to keep up with culture changes. Since the years constantly changed, the entertainment business did major shifts as well, not to mention the clothing and the music. With this being said, the brothers diligently went back to the drawing boards to create a new blue print for something much greater.
The brothers did not hang their heads, they continued on their journey. You may sit and think how was the conversation in the room, after knowing your highly demanded Night Club has just tumbled to the ground, not because of the people, yet the culture change that was comradely taking place. In the entertainment business, one has to keep up, and since you are dealing with customers who always want the latest fashion, dances, or music the brothers knew they had to have the most up to date business in Memphis, no matter how much money it took, or how much money they’ve lost.
Only those four walls could tell us what happened that night, but the brothers kept drafting, this is indeed the part of entrepreneurship that others do not see. The blood sweat as well as tears you may put behind shout business to keep it going. We only see, the finished product. You have to take a couple losses to be a couple bosses. From the birth of The Premier four more clubs were established: Flirt, Cactus Jack, Level II and the very known Sliver Spoon.
Located in east Memphis, the Silver Spoon was a place of soul, inviting the older crowd in to come hang with them, the brothers believed in allowing their crowd to grow as they did, the more mature they became the more mature their audience were. “We wanted our crowd to grow with us, so this is what we did, created a spot that was chilled sort of a different atmosphere,” said Corliss. The Silver Spoon was not for young adults and teens, yet parents who got off work and wanted to relax with their love ones from a long day. Silver Spoon was soulful, not playing a huge amount of Hip Hop music, yet R & B, the crowd grew larger and the vibe was amazing. After working so hard to re-open their new spot, controversy started and the club eventually shut down. The establishment was a great space, yet in the wrong environment.This was another learning big curve for the brothers, allowing them to close the club down and restart again.
Around this time, Memphis crime rates were extremely high, ranking it one of the top violent cities in America, which was also a struggle for the brothers, keeping violence out of their clubs, but battling to eliminate the rift raft around it. “What people didn’t know, and what we had to understand, we had no control over what was going on, we had to get that in our heads, we wanted to branch out and do it again, but this time we wanted a better location, this time we wanted the spot to be ours.”
The two were usually renting locations or leasing them, not having a spot of their own or they could call theirs also caused a lot of commotion. Corliss explained how they had to worry if the owners of each spot they leased wanted to keep them there, this also created a problem and confusion, but the brothers kept going back to the drawing boards. Even after dealing with the general public and law enforcement, no matter what was thrown their way, they kept picking themselves up and moving forward.
If you want to know what is the motivation behind what the brothers are doing, it is to simply see how they lost it all multiple times, yet kept advancing forward. No matter how many businesses they have seen close, how much money they have seen washed down the drains, because they were climbing the ladder to entertainment and fame, there still was not an area of discouragement for them just opportunity. If it was any extremely discouraging moments, the city may never know. Since the two were so close, they held each other accountable and took the losses together as one, somewhat like when they were growing up. Corliss vouched for his brother, expressing that he is an awesome man, somewhat like himself, having a great love for people and the city as well as others around them.
This indeed was their motivation. With that being said, the brothers did not stop, the LoVe they had for themselves, the city and the fire to become successful entrepreneurs did not die. This was the plan of something special, this was them going back to the drawing boards to start over again, this was the idea and birth of the one and only In LoVe Memphis Bar and Lounge, or shall they say “ a sophisticated spot, for lounging in huge booths with contemporary drinks, small plates, cocktails and desserts.” This was In LoVe Memphis, which is now one of the biggest Celebrity Style night clubs/ lounges in Memphis.
You would think the reason why the “v” is capitalized in “LoVe” is because this lounge is the fifth establishment that the men have opened, yet that indeed is only an educated guess. So what was the point of opening the lounge and bar, well the brothers wanted something different, a different mood yet with the same feel, and that was love. “We didn’t really name the place until we finished with the blue prints,” said Corliss,” we never really do that, but we know one thing that we felt throughout this whole process, the feeling of happiness finally, and something much greater than all those trails and tribulations “LoVe”. The night bar and lounge kicked off great, hosting some of the top events in Memphis, with a different environment and better everything, including security. That in fact, was the security of protecting their place and finally having their own.
“We bought the building as soon as it came open,” he said, “we thought man, opportunity is knocking, and you have to take opportunity when it’s in your face, we had already been through a lot in the entertainment business just as club owners and promoters, so we thought…why not.” This indeed made them bosses, the brothers didn’t have to worry any more about leaving a property if they were not wanted, because they owned it, things finally went the way they wanted, and the lounge was typically in a good area. Crime rates around the club were low, this was taught to them by losing maybe millions of dollars just, learning that at first they had right idea yet the wrong area. But the brothers did not forget about their recent night clubs, they basically merged everything together, creating a Memphis style celebrity vibe or as Corliss Givens says,” I’m surrounded by LoVe, I’m hanging around all my people.”
As all Memphians know, LoVe is a very popular lounge, club and bar. The food has been rated elegant and delicious as well as mixing it with hip-hop and R&B music. This establishment has balance as Corliss explained why the place is open seven days a week. “No club in Memphis is doing this.” This probably proves how the brothers are not second place and remain second place to NONE. They continued to work hard drafting different themes for each day of the week supporting all crowds young and old. Some nights will be a vibe for the millennial crowd, while others consist of a old time Jazz feel with live music and saxophone players, the psychology of advertisement played a major role in this. They even invested their time into Memphis sorority and fraternity life, paying tribute to undergraduate and graduate students who are still enjoying the college experience. Like wise, themselves who are two men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.
This made them one of the mega lounges in Memphis, hosting famous hip hop artist like Yo Gotti and Jay-Z, including large Memphis events that grew with them like“Can I Live Weekend” and as well as their birthday parties, which are a hit every year. “We have worked with plenty of people,” said Corliss, “like The Who’s Who of Hip-Hop you can possibly name it.” The brothers do not only use the club as their limits, but have access to the whole city. Take Curtis Givens recent birthday bash for example, The Black Excellence Gala to be exact. People from all over the city including Conversations With Evonne was there to witness the experience. Not to mention those who flew in just for the event, as well as celebrity Grammy nominated singing groups like Jagged Edge . The atmosphere was very selfless, creating areas specifically to cater to the people, including seeing formal dresses and tuxedos fill the room. This time, the event was not at LoVe, yet The Ballet Memphis, to read the article on that event click here.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Knowing just part of the story from these brothers is just motivation itself for any entrepreneur. They have climb as high as they could possibly go in the entertainment industry, now have businesses all around Memphis in multiple locations, including Big Bills Bar-B-Que, which is awaiting a major grand opening, and Corliss who has not given up on the landscaping dream, yet turning it into something much greater, reconstructing houses with his very know and successful business, Corliss Givens Construction Group. Corliss went by a new motto, stating that entrepreneurs should “put their money where their mouth is,” not as in being a big spender, yet turning their dollars into investments, and “owning assets,” so they can call them theirs.
For instance Corliss explained that the upscale expensive furniture that was at the Black Excellence Gala, was theirs to keep. “We decided that we should just buy and own furniture instead of renting it out, that furniture can be ours, and this is a way for entrepreneurs to save money as well, put your money where your mouth is, invest in your dreams and make money from that,” and like those couches, that is including good quality when it comes to investing in your product. The greatest part about what Corliss explained is, “it is yours and nothing is like owning your own.”
If you want to know more about the Givens brothers follow them on Instagram at the following social media sites: Curtis Givens Instagram: curtis_givens and Corliss Givens Instagram: @corlissgivens.
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On Saturday, February 15th Alexis Saxophonist Cole performed at the University of Memphis Lady Tigers Game. The day was beautiful as the beauty Miss Black Tennessee entered the Elma Roane Field House, court side, to play for over 300 smiling faces, as the Lady Tigers prepared to play against their opponent ECU. Alexis Cole arrived in a stunning blue sequined dress, royal blue open toe heels, with nude elegance as she smiled graciously before she played. While playing the National Anthem, with her own soulful tune, fans stood and cheered with amazement of how it flowed from her golden saxophone. “She is ALRIGHT,” yelled a man sitting directly behind us, as Alexis continued to play. The tune was like no other, adding the flavor of Memphis with a touch of Tennessee, “my inspiration was Whitney Houston,” said Cole, “no one singed the anthem liked her, this is what drove me.” Cole said she works hard on her music and looks forward to putting out an EP soon for hip hop, classical and R & B music.
A video of the talented young woman was recorded by Kahdejah Evonne, blogger and owner of platform Conversations with Evonne who wrote the amazing article on Miss Cole announcing her stunning appearance to The University of Memphis Lady Tigers Game ( click here to view blog).The video had an outstanding 1.6K views of those on social media intrigued at how fulfilling the sound of her saxophone was. Social media followers were excited posting comments like “sax team,” and congratulating her on how awesome she sound. Yet Facebook and Instagram followers did not only recognize her talents, but others nation wide did as well. Later that week Alexis Cole received a call from the Dallas Mavericks Communications Manager booking her to play at the game March 26th.
This indeed was motivation behind all of her hard work, encouraging her yet challenging her to work hard so that you too can hear more from her. From Memphis Tennessee,pageant stages and working in corporate offices, Alexis Cole will now be playing in the big city of Dallas Texas, for one of the NBAs top professional basketball teams, the stadium holds over 4,000 people.
If you would like to follow Alexis Cole on all social media platforms the pages are as followed: -Instagram: @Alexis.Cole -Facebook: Alexis Cole
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Maybe he or she likes you, maybe they don’t. It could all be so confusing in today’s society why dating in this generation of people could be so hard. From a psychological stand point, millennials have a very short attention span, yet that is not the only reason it is so hard to date during this time, you as well as your friends, are also sucked into this trans of the fear of not finding the right one. This my friends is for sure why most people are afraid to date. Recently, I finished writing my poem book, “From The Eyes Of A Black Woman.” In this book, there are approximately 27 poems I have written over the span of 2 years that develop a sense of truth from not only my eyes, yet others. To get to the “nitty gritty,” I wrote a poem called “Loving Too Hard.” In this poem it is expressed exactly how one may feel while trying to express themselves in today’s environment of not so emotional yet, extremely emotional individuals.
“Loving Too Hard” from “The Eyes Of A Black Woman”
This generation. (laughs) Two hearts can be fully connected but stubbornness, sitting in the tub of naive and the idea of commitment will hurt someone before they even have been mentally hurt! Loving too hard…… We hurt ourselves mentally by overthinking before it even happens, but that’s just this generation Loving too hard…… We fight for the embarrassment of one Another’s souls Other than liberation but that’s just this generation And giving to the nation Of the liberated love That cures all This generation. (laughs) Loving too hard…… Two hearts can be fully connected but stubbornness, sitting in the tub of naive and the idea of commitment will hurt someone before they even have been mentally hurt! Because this generation is (laughs) Loving too hard……
3 Tips To UseCaution While Expressing Love
Ok since we all are so scared to love, how about we actually practice doing it. Another problem with this generation is we put all of eggs into one basket., we give everything our all and if it doesn’t go our way, we simply stop. Not smart at all people. Humans need love, and there is someone out there for everybody. Yet you have to open up for that someone to come. Here are 3 tips that help you use caution be expressing love in other words, setting boundaries.
Knowing What You Want- Ok, this is not rocket science yet this is exactly what we as a whole need to know. We sit and say all day that we know what we want, yet still fall deep into what the other person wants, this is a boundary that needs to be set for yourself
BeingResponsible Of Your Feelings- As adults, we are not responsible, this is also a way to know what we want. Once we know what we want, we now have to put that into to play, making what we want our responsibility, this is also a great case of self love. As kids, when we didn’t want something and it was forced on us, like eating too many veggies, it made us cry, why, because we didn’t like it! So in this case, you need to go back to what you know, or what you knew. If you KNOW you do not like something, yet still condone in it, and it is hurting you, or not good for you, this is YOUR FAULT. You are not being responsible with your feelings and the blame cannot go on anyone else.
Talk About Your Feelings- While typing this, I literally laughed. Speaking about your feelings in this generation is not a cliche. The fact that we have judge one another because of how we feel has created another area of fear for this generation. It is true when your parents and or grandparents say, “close mouth does not get feed.” We are so afraid of how we will be viewed which will also cause us to miss out on love.
The Psychology of Millennials and Love
To sum up, the psychology of millennials and love is practically fear. They are scared, and since pain has happened it has created an anxiety on this generation that controls their every move. Anxiety, is so close to fear as it is happiness. Some millennials, well we shall say the majority, fear happiness, and we also think everything comes easy. Safe to say we can blame that on modern day technology, we LITERALLY don’t have to work for much. Even McDonalds cashiers have machines that do their work for them now. The point of me writing the above poem is to prove that your peers do want someone badly, it’s just the anxiety of it all that is making this whole thing an issue, the fear as to “what’s next,” and “am I really going to be with this person.” The most accurate thing I could tell millennials to do is just date. Date around be your best self and do it with no fear, yet do it with caution .
To listen to my podcast Season 1 Episode 5 “Expressing Love & Handling Rejection,” click here.
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