Jada Wright-Greene is an avid museum activist, author, and a lover of history. She has a passion for revitalizing and bringing awareness to the African-American museum culture with a goal of diversifying the museum field. That passion led her to become the Founder, Editor and Publisher of Heritage Salon, the only magazine devoted to African-American museums, historic sites/homes and cultural institutions. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a Certificate in Museum Studies making her the 1st African-American to complete the Museum Studies program at Michigan State University. In the summer of 2015 Jada earned dual Masters degrees in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University,
Mercede Brown is a native of Savannah,Ga who now calls Rincon,Ga her home. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography from Savannah State University. After graduating and working jobs that weren’t as fulfilling, she went on to start her photography business MercedeB Photography. Specializing in lifestyle and natural light photography, she loves to capture the authenticity of people’s personality and what they are most passionate about. Aside from being a photographer and working with other creatives, Mercede loves to travel, enjoy time with her friends and family, food, reading, and all things art related.
Jamala Wallace is a northern girl with southern swirl because she hails from Newark, NJ and quickly became smitten with a sweet, charming southern life in South Carolina. She brings with her a passion for antiques and vintage pieces and loves the thrill of the hunt for new “old” items to decorate homes with. You can catch her blogging, gardening and dancing, because music is always in the background. As a die-hard thrifter, she shares ideas for decorating your home by blending a bit of the past to mix with the present. To feed her fettish, along with her twin sister, Amina, they became shopkeepers of “Pieces of Time” boutique and Estate Sales by Pieces of Time. As a volunteer member for her town’s Economic Development Board she became a partnering agent to establish The Community Development Zone and spearheaded one of South Carolina’s longest yard sales. She and her husband, Michael, have been married 29 years and are proud parents of two young men. Jamala blogs at “Vivalavintageforyourhome” and is proud to be BSB ambassador writing about antique shopping. She hopes you’ll enjoy reading about the beautiful pieces and where to purchase them. Perhaps, you’ll develop or establish a deeper love for antiques while you follow her “day of antiquing” stories.
Ronnye Peace Boone is a Southern Belle through and through. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, she now calls Concord, North Carolina, home.
Her Lowcountry roots run deep. Her great-grandmother learned to appreciate life’s finer things working as a domestic in the homes along Charleston’s battery and her great-great grandfather, along with his siblings and father, were master carpenters who worked on many of the historic city’s buildings and homes.
Boone is an award-winning communications professional with 25 years’ experience in a variety of areas, including corporate communications, publications, media relations, and digital communications. She has worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc., Duke Energy, AREVA, and TIAA.
Since 2008, she has worked as the director of communications for Cabarrus County Schools, where she is responsible for communicating positive and consistent branding and messaging to enhance the school district’s image, recruit students, and solicit community support. She oversees and maintains communications that include publications, presentations, marketing and advertising with external and internal audiences. She also manages the district’s web and social media presence along with its innovative digital Look Book(www.CabarrusSchools.info).
Boone received a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
She has been married to Roger Boone since 1995. The couple has three children: Sydney, 19; Carter, 16; and Ashley, 13.
A self-proclaimed lover of good manners, correct grammar, fabulous shoes, chocolate, and the Carolina Panthers – not necessarily in that order. Boone is beyond excited about the opportunity to be a contributor to Black Southern Belle!
Ashley Kianna Nelson graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication and Strayer University with an MBA in Human Resources Management. After nine years of corporate America work with Verizon Wireless, Ashley moved back to her hometown of Pawleys Island, South Carolina to pursue a career in the non-profit world. Being back at home also allowed Ashley to enhance her passion in music and her purpose in Ministry by taking on a co-director of Music Ministry position at her church. Ashley is also the proud owner of A-List Affairs, an event and wedding planning business. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and enjoys traveling, cooking, making jewelry and of course planning events.
She lives by the words in Proverbs 18:16: A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him in front of great men.
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LaShaunda Croussore is a Greensboro, North Carolina native now living in the heart of Silicon Valley. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Masters of Counseling from the University of New Orleans. She began her first act as a Licensed Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, however it was her desire to make “all things pretty” that prompted her to officially hang up her counseling hat and begin a new career as Owner / Event designer at Sweet Petite Events. She specializes in creating custom themed parties and believes that any occasion is the right occasion to celebrate.
India Newberry is a 20 year old native of Tampa,FL. She is currently a junior at UNC-Greensboro, where she is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in birth to kindergarten. She loves everything about the southern life, from the southern hospitality, mason jars, sweet tea, wrap-around porches, pearls, and cowgirl boots. Her passion is children and her lifelong dream is to own a child care center promoting early literacy. In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes, having tea times with friends, and working on DIY project. India is excited to be a BSB Ambassador and is ready to start this journey!
Danetra Richardson is the pastry chef and owner of Swank Desserts, an online dessert shop based in Charleston,SC. “My mission for Swank is to continue to create high-quality, creative, and overwhelmingly delicious desserts for dessert enthusiasts who view dessert as a necessity and NOT an option.I started my company because of my obvious love for sweets and I noticed a shortage of “dessert-only” places here in Charleston. I wanted to create a company that gave desserts the full and undivided attention that they deserve. It’s really important to me to help my clients satisfy their sweet cravings but to also make sure that I am giving their tastebuds an experience! When I am creating my menus, I draw my inspiration from ideas that I have for composed plated desserts and trying to figure out how to incorporate those components and flavors into one shelf stable product that I can package. I also like to keep my menus seasonal and incorporate ingredients that are either grown locally here in Charleston or associated with that particular time of year! One of my favorite things about being in the south is having access to so much fresh produce and locally made products that I can incorporate into my desserts. “
Megan Holston-Alexander was raised in a town with a long, sweet legacy in Civil Rights and a meeting ground for legendary Southern tastemakers, Montgomery, AL. After graduating from high school, she moved to Atlanta, GA where she earned her BA in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University. While at CAU, she served as Miss Sophomore, Miss AUC and, in her senior year, Miss Clark Atlanta University. She then made the move to the southern metropolis, Houston, TX. During her whirlwind two years in Houston, she earned her MA in Sociology from U of H, placed top 10 in the Miss Black USA pageant (representing the state of Texas) and became engaged to her college sweetie, William Alexander. They married on August 24, 2013 in her hometown of Montgomery in a ceremony filled with lace and monograms. She now resides in Silicon Valley where she works in nonprofit venture philanthropy and spreads lots of southern charm, magnolias and love for SEC football all around the Bay Area.
Morgan Nelson is a graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina with a B.A. in Special Education. She graduated from Columbia College with a Masters of Education in Divergent Learning with a focus on learning styles and traits. Currently, Morgan is autism resource teacher in Columbia, South Carolina and preparing for the law school admissions exam. A Tennessee bred Southern Belle, Morgan enjoys the luxuries of Southern life: beautiful fashions, coastal living, travel, great food and hospitality. From tailgating Clemson games on the weekend, to exploring Bed and Breakfast locations in the low country, Morgan embraces all the charm Southern living has to offer.
LaQuisha was born and raised in Orlando, FL, now currently residing in Tallahassee, FL. She was raised by a single mother, but also had the privilege of having 3 southern grandmothers (maternal, paternal, & maternal great grandmother) help in her upbringing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, as well as a Bachelor’s in Theology from Covenant Bible College Seminary. After teaching for several years she switched careers and now works in the Florida Legislature. She’s active and serves the community through the Junior League of Tallahassee. In addition, she encourages and motivates women in their walk with God as the President & Founder of The Journey: A Women’s Fellowship, Inc.
Karen is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. Having a multidisciplinary background in Business, Fashion Education and Retail, Event Planning, and Higher Education, she lends multifaceted hands of expertise to progressive industries and organizations in search of developing their own it factors. Over the past 5 years, Karen has contributed tremendously to the field of education offering her talents as both a consultant and educator of Fashion Education within institutions of higher education. In 2010, Karen founded KMP Fashion Consulting, LLC a company geared towards women that seeks to create a world where creativity and fashion can be seen as substantial parts of life. She believes that by teaching the basic tools of developing style based on one’s personality and aesthetic, demonstrating how to use these tools when shopping and building a wardrobe, and cultivating one’s creative abilities and capabilities can confident professionals be developed in an ever changing world. Through her efforts at KMP Fashion Consulting, LLC, women are more educated on how to enhance their overall looks through effectively understanding their shopping budget and body types. Karen’s keen sense of style, sophistication, and professionalism shines through as she engages her audience during her sought after workshops and presentations that promote women empowerment and professional development for individuals and organizations alike. Karen is proud Alumnus of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, in Fashion & Retail Management from The Art Institute of Charleston (2010) and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Maryland University College (2014).
Cadetrus Fikes is thirty-fine years old who is North Carolina born, raised and HBCU educated. She recently had a birthday party that included a wedding! By day she is a high school librarian and at night a bridal blogger. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves the ocean, all things pretty, doing research, eating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Beyoncé.
Cece Déniz and is an 18 year old student located in Atlanta, Georgia. Her major is Secondary Education/Spanish and her dream is to become a high school Spanish teacher and years down the road, eventually a college professor or translator. Cece is very artistic and creative. She also enjoy various pursuits such as Blogging/Vlogging, Writing, Reading, DIY’s, web developing, photography, fashion, and home decorating. She looks forward to sharing my ideas and creations with you guys!
Amber S. Patton is a Carolina girl at the core! Amber was born and raised in “The City of the Arts”, Winston-Salem North Carolina. She is the youngest of five children, grew up in church and is also a proud Salem College Alumna with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She is an enthusiast of all things social, etiquette, home décor, entertainment, food, and social media! She is also the sole blogger and content creator for Reine Afrobella Creative, a small online persona with a focus on fashion, culture, natural hair, and etiquette. Amber is ecstatic to have found a publication like #BlackSouthernBelle that caters to African American women who desire a media outlet that exudes refinement and strength! Check out her blog at http://www.reineafrobellacreative.blogspot.com/ and also follow her on most social media outlet via Reine Afrobella creative.
NaToya Sanders is a twenty something year old newlywed born and raised in the Hospitality State (Mississippi). She is a lover of quotes, coffee and all things southern! She is a Higher Education professional by day, and a blogger/creative entrepreneur by night. NaToya believes in making the most of every opportunity because we only get one shot at life. She is the co-founder of N2Books Scholarship, Inc., a book scholarship for minority seniors in her hometown of Corinth, MS. NaToya lives by the quote, “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”
Camille R. Glover is an attorney and minister, born in Boston, but currently living in Washington, DC. She loves beauty, fashion, exercise, traveling, skiing, cooking, reading and writing. She has a particular love for nail polish. She is passionate about helping people use their gifts to fulfill their potential, and works tirelessly for community development and service, civil rights, social justice, and economic development all over the globe. Camille ultimately believes that outer beauty should reflect inner joy. While she was officially raised in the New England, her family also has roots in South Carolina, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Jamaica and Barbados, and she considers herself a true Southern girl who has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. She is a proud graduate of Howard University, the University of Denver and Duke University. You can follow her ode to Millennials, at theclassof1980.net, at Instagram.com/theclassof1980, or Twitter at Twitter.com/theclassof1980.
Courtney Simpson is a freelance writer, immersed in all things fashion, beauty and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and Writing and is a proud alum of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a co-creator for the lifestyle blog, Tiff + Coco, that is all about empowering young women through fashion and beauty. She’s a proud fan of the UT Vols, Harry Potter and Beyonce.
Alix Yvonne Preston was born in Brooklyn, New York to Alexander and Mary (nay Murphy) Preston. She was reared and educated in a small town in Eastern North Carolina. Alix continued her education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Greensboro, North Carolina. Due to limited resources, she left the university and joined the US Army. Her first duty assignment was at Frankfurt, Germany under the command of General Colin Powell. Alix’s greatest joy is being the mother of three children, Christopher, 26 and Raven, 25 and 10 year-old son, Jason. She is the grandmother of one dynamite 4-year old, little lady, Cadence. After living in California for a great number of years, Alix returned to the South and currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She works in the Sponsored Programs and Research department at Johnson C. Smith University. Alix graduated from University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor’s of Science and is presently pursuing a Master’s of Science, specializing in Management. Her passions are her family, cooking, art, creative writing, horses, and community service and prides herself as being a human rights advocate. She is and avid reader and recently completed her first novel, Black Eden. Alix defies the conventionalism of what a Southern Belle is; yet embraces and embodies the warmth, strength, grace, beauty, intelligence, and elegance of a Black Southern Womanist!
Brittney Oliver is a freelance writer and marketing communications professional based in New York City. She has written for ESSENCE magazine and Levo.com. This Tennessee native is a proud Howard University alumna. She considers herself to be a cupcake connoisseur and loves a rooftop view.
Lauren Ruth Felton is a California girl with Huntsville, Alabama roots. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Lauren has a beauty vlog called Love, Lauren Ruth that is all about encouraging the beautiful soul. Please subscribe to her channel: youtube.com/lovelaurenruth Instagram: @love.laurenruth
Keturah Austin-McClendon, a Tallahassee, Florida native, is a graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. Keturah, also known by her pen name “Mademoiselle Southern Belle,” enjoys traveling with her husband and two daughters, Laila and Hannah. She is fascinated with the historical and beautiful destinations the South has to offer and enjoys photographing and writing about her experiences.
Aisha Adams is a poet, social-prenuer, vegan, homeschooling naturalist. She is the creative force behind www.NappyNaturalGirl.com. Her written work has appeared in places like the The Asheville Grit, The Final Call, and Queendom Magazine. When she is not helping small business owners connect, converse, and inspire their target audience, you can find her reading, blogging, un-schooling, or un-cooking. Aisha is the founder and part owner of Aisha Adams Media Group. Her family resides in an extremely private residence in beautiful Western North Carolina.
Bretticca Moody:A True Carolina Belle, Bretticca is a native of Denmark, South Carolina where her family has resided for several generations. She is a 2010 graduate of the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Political Science and 2014 graduate of Columbia College SC with a Masters in Higher Education Administration. Bretticca has a passion for education (especially in the rural south), public service, fine arts, and sports (southern teams of course!). Currently, Bretticca resides in Springfield, Missouri where she serves as the First Year Experience Coordinator/Academic Advisor for TRIO Student Support Services, a federally funded program designed to assist underrepresented populations be successful in college, at Missouri State University.
Gabrielle Joffie: With a B.A in Economics from Dickinson College and a M.S. in Fashion Design from Drexel University, Gabrielle Joffie is a Marketing & PR Professional immersed in everything fashion, beauty & entertainment. Born & raised in New York, Gabrielle currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. Obsessed with accessories and eyewear, she founded Framed in 2014. Framed is a compilation of trendy and classic eyewear with a mix of must have accessories. @gabriellejoffie www.gabriellejoffie.com
Victoria Mason: Raised all the way down south in a small town in Florida, Victoria Mason is a vibrant young woman living her life to the fullest. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Event Management at Florida International University with aspirations to one day have her own event planning company. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys reading, swimming visiting new restaurants, and having wine nights with her sorority sisters. She also finds time in her busy schedule to blog about her discounted fashion, beauty and life adventures on her blog www.thebudgetdivaa.com. As a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a woman of strong feminist views, Victoria is thrilled to have found a site like #Black Southern Belle that is full of motivating and supportive women. She hopes to continue on with the uplifting vibe and give a college woman’s perspective on all things southern.
Talia Fletcher-Gay Talia Fletcher-Gay was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Prince George, VA. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Norfolk State University and a Master of Science degree in Biology, with a concentration in microbial ecology, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Having continued living in Richmond a few years after completing school, she and her husband chose “The River City” as the location of their June 2014 wedding. Talia currently works as the Clinical Laboratory Manager for a cancer diagnostics company. Although she now lives in Northern Virginia, Talia misses the slower pace of ‘the country’. She prefers homemade sweet tea over bottled, enjoys riding with the windows down on a warm day, loves to travel (preferably somewhere tropical), and her weakness is celebrity gossip. She’s excited to bring her witty Southern charm to the BSB team. Meira McGhee
Meira was born, raised, and currently live in Georgia which is the heart of the South. She is a tried and true Georgia Peach and Black Southern Belle. In the fall She will be attending Spelman College in Atlanta,Georgia and she can’t wait to become a Spelman Woman! Meira is all about her southern roots, she loves all things Debutante related and lives for good manners and Southern
Hospitality. She will be writing about all things relevant to the collegiate #Black Southern Belles and the HBCU world.
Rhonda Hylton Rhonda Hylton is a servant, wife, mother, educator, entrepreneur and doctoral student. Born in Milledgeville, Georgia (about an hour south of Atlanta), she grew up in Augusta and Atlanta. After graduating from Clark Atlanta University in 2008 with a B.A. in English, Rhonda moved to Maryland and pursued master’s degrees in English and Teaching, respectively, at the University of Maryland, College Park and Johns Hopkins University (2010 and 2011). While living in Maryland, she met and fell in love with her husband Lamar. With the help of a wedding planner, family and friends, they planned their dream Southern wedding while living in and moving to different states. They were married on October 8th, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. On a personal level, Rhonda is active in church ministries and does her best to use her talents to glorify God. Professionally, she started her career in education as a 6th grade Language Arts teacher and then transitioned to teaching at the college level as an Adjunct English Instructor. After giving birth to her daughter in March 2014, she has worked from home as a writer and editor for her own business, Rhonda Hylton Writes. Most recently, Rhonda has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Minnesota and will focus on Literacy Education; she will also work at the University as part of a fellowship package she has received. Rhonda enjoys writing, teaching, traveling, and connecting with others. She is the true definition of a Libra woman and is constantly seeking balance in all areas of her life. You can follow her journey by reading her blog, The Southern Tea Cup – https://thesouthernteacup.wordpress.com – where she spills the tea on what matters most. Rhonda describes herself as sweet, Southern, sassy, classy and spoiled – and thinks that those who know her well will agree. KaTerri Monét Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana KaTerri Monét is a southern belle through and through. With deep roots in the southern Methodist and Baptist churches and as the daughter of a prominent theologian, KaTerri was raised with the utmost southern values; these essential values led KaTerri to a career in and passion for health advocacy, education, and prevention; service; and philanthropy. A graduate of Spelman College and establishing member of Healing Stages, International, KaTerri has worked tirelessness as an advocate for civil, social, and human rights, the education of minorities, and the advancement of art education for several international family foundations and nonprofit organizations. A lover of sports, travel, food, and culture KaTerri enjoys spending time with family and friends attending Braves, Saints, and “Nick Saban” games, shopping for the finest “High-Low” accouterments, attending the season’s most popular festivals, and packing and preparing for the next adventure that awaits. Kemi Huntley I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, I have worked in the best rehabs around the country, including the drug rehab Arizona. I specialize in improving mental health symptoms.I am passionate about working with children, teenagers, young adults, and adults. In addition, I also take pleasure in assisting individuals overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger issues, incorporating healthier coping skills and defense mechanisms, behavior modification, couples, and child-parent relationship. Stylistically, I try to encourage my clients to become self-confident and empowered. Sydney Cross Sydney Cross is a second-tour Foreign Service Officer, who will be working in the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. She previously served at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as a Political Officer. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs at Trinity Washington University, and Master of Arts in Political Science at Howard University, focusing on International Relations and Political Economy. While Dar es Salaam was her first tour in the Foreign Service, She previously worked in the Civil Service at the State Department for three years in the Bureau of Administration, Privacy Division. She has also done short-term assignments with the Bureau of African Affairs and the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Besides working for the State Department, She has experience working on Campaigns, Capitol Hill, the Democratic National Committee, and as a former Board of Directors member with the Girl Scout Council of Eastern Missouri. Despite moving a number of times in the past few years, She was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri and is a die-hard Cardinals, Rams, and Blues fan. Cierra Hinton Cierra is a nuevo-Southern Belle who loves her tea sweet and her manners sweeter. She resides in Durham, N.C., holds her B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Heel, and is a proud Tar Heel legacy. Cierra loves the finer things in life: good food, great company, flawless fashion, and debating the intricacies of being a black Southern woman. Whether it’s race, sexuality, gender equality, health, or wealth, Cierra is in constant exploration of what it means to blend tradition with change in the “New South”. L. Paige FennBorn in Texas and raised in Georgia, L. Paige Fenn is no stranger to the lifestyle of a southern girl. At an early age, Paige found happiness in Fine Arts and creative writing. During her early 20’s, she put aside those passions to follow what seemed to be a more secure path. After becoming a mom to an amazing boy in 2013, Paige’s outlook on life shifted. She realized that she wants to raise a son who believes he can accomplish anything he dreams and, in order to achieve that, playing it safe was not the answer. Paige is now currently living in Atlanta and fully pursuing a career as a filmmaker.Erica R. Lee Erica R. Lee hails from the beautiful city of Richmond, Va. She is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in French. She graduated with her Masters of Arts in European Studies, with a focus on Black France from New York University. Erica has always had an intense case of wanderlust and has been traveling the world since she was 13. She can count over 20 countries she’s had the pleasure of visiting (at least once, some she can’t help but return to over and over…re: France) and she prides herself on incorporating a piece of each culture she visits into her BSB lifestyle. Her roots lie in the Blue Ridge of Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where her parents originally hail. She currently works for the United States Government in the Washington, DC area and when she’s not working she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, shopping sample sales (she’s a pro), mentoring teenage girls, and spending time with her friends and family. Jordan Tapley Jordan Tapley is a passionate, bubbly, young twenty year old woman with a wide variety of interests. She studies biology at the great Howard University. Although her zip code states she’s from Long Island, New York, her heart claims that she is a Georgia peach just like her grandmother. Her dream is to become a pediatrician but her passion is instilling beauty and confidence in our young girls. Some of her passions include community service, civil rights, traveling (especially to the South) cooking and baking, shopping, reading and of course, brunching. Nicole Young Nicole Young is a Black Southern Belle living in the D.C. Metro area.She loves sharing her passion for floral design and small spaces. As BSB Ambassador, she is looking forward to infusing and integrating eclectic and quirky style into both passions. Shawntel Huntley Shawntel is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a concentration in Sports Medicine. She has been a Personal Trainer for 9 years. She has had various experiences in Physical Therapy clinics and rehabilitation centers. Shawntel has worked one-on-one with people from the ages of 13 to 70 years old. She is also an ACE (Personal Training ) and IFTA certified Aerobics Instructor and has instructed classes that include Powercut, Kickboxing, Bootcamp, 20/20/20 (cardio, weight resistance exercises, and yoga), and Ab Lab. She has worked with several different communities from churches to business to athletes to Assistant Living Homes. She is also an IFTA certified Aerobics Instructor and has instructed classes that include Powercut, Kickboxing, Bootcamp, 20/20/20 (cardio, weight resistance exercises, and yoga), and Ab Lab. Shawntel loves to include these aspects of aerobics into her sessions in order to help people reach their goals. Her specialties are high intensity; core focused, and total body workouts. She, because she cares, will push you towards your goal while providing the best experience possible! Shanel Adams Shanel hails from Detroit but her love of crafts, family and books makes her a Black Southern Belle. She is a writer and public relations professional who loves to tell stories through her work whether its a fiction piece or communications campaign. Shanel’s passion of storytelling extends from her love of reading which also inspired her to create Progressionista– a book club program for girls ages 8 to 12. Beyond writing and reading, Shanel loves indulging in art museums, watching quality films and playing in new makeup.
Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂