Fun, Fellowship and Fabulous Food are on the Menu for Motherless Daughters Foundation Event “Have a Ball at City Hall” Fundraiser Set for July 28

This summer, the Motherless Daughters Foundation is set to serve up fun and fellowship with fantastic food and philanthropy during its Have a Ball at City Hall fundraiser. The event, presented by the City of Atlanta and the Motherless Daughters Foundation, Inc., is set for Friday, July 28, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium. It will feature live entertainment, a silent auction, cocktails and a taste of Atlanta’s favorite food. Twenty (20) participating restaurants, caterers and chefs will provide food samples throughout the evening. The $20 admission and funds from the auction will support the nonprofit that works to build character, promote confidence, and empower young women to embrace the transition into a life as ladies of influence. The fundraiser will serve as a pre-gala event to the organization’s annual gala, which will take place Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Some of the participants include Chef Brian Reynolds, Chef Kymmis, Nancy’s Pizza, Jason’s Deli and Subway.

Among others, special guests planning to join in the fun include Atlanta First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, Motherless Daughters brand ambassador; Xernona Clayton, CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc., and honorary mother for Motherless Daughters; WAGA-TV Weekend Anchor Deidra Dukes and FGTV Broadcast and Cable Director Shaunya Chavis Rucker and husband Clint Rucker, chief assistant district attorney for Fulton County.

The Motherless Daughters Foundation provides a mentoring program for girls ages nine to 15 living without support of a positive mother figure in their lives. Through Motherless Daughters, girls are paired with relatable mothers, and also have an opportunity to participate in summer camps plus year-round educational and enrichment experiences. Girls receive scholarships and donations of clothing and school supplies and more.

From July 10 to 14, girls took part in a summer enrichment program that included focuses on public speaking, etiquette and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Motherless Daughters president/executive director Rassalyn Willis is a community activist and owner of Xclusive Hair Studio and Spa in College Park, Ga.

VEU had a chance to briefly speak with Rassalyn and here is what she had to say below:

What inspired you to start the Motherless Daughters Foundation?
I have always seen myself as a mentor, training and guiding young ladies who would come to me through my salon. I have a real passion for helping people.

I feel helping with education, exposing young ladies to different career paths and just better opportunities outside of mentoring and counseling all make a big difference and create a greater sense of confidence. The girls know that they have a network to help them — with programs geared towards prevention of teenage pregnancy, school dropout rates and drug/alcohol addictions.

I remember how others outside my birth mother helped me with certain aspects of life as a young lady. I named the organization Motherless Daughters for girls without their birth mothers, but for it to represent the missing motherly attributes as well. I think we all can step in to help make a difference and help fill voids in an individual’s life.

Share one of your favorite parts about working with the young girls.

I love working with the girls, especially when we have our relax-and-relate time. It gives me great insight as conversations are open and candid of how the program really applies to their day-to-day life situations. I’m able to see how some of our peer leaders have gained confidence and are able to influence some of the other girls as a positive influence. I love when I see the growth within the girls and young ladies.

What advice or support do you offer for girls that have surpassed the age requirement for the foundation?
We would love them to come in as volunteers and mentors. We are in the process of creating a Big Sister program. This will be geared for our graduates of the program and also interested individuals 19 and up. They may reach out to our new member committee for application requirements.

What are some of the most important lessons you want to teach young girls about becoming women?
I would like them to know that they are beautiful and smart and nothing can stop them from achieving their goals and even dreams with God.

Building confidence is the first lesson. Teaching them to connect with positive networks and also keeping a positive mindset is very important.

I love to teach them how to become an influential leader — to stand up for themselves and always hold their heads up and shoulders back. I express that they are the future Influential Ladies.

We pair our ladies early on in the program with great examples of leading ladies — such as CEO of the Trumpet Foundation, Inc. Ms. Xernona Clayton, Atlanta First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed and Myrna White of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It’s important to have great examples who show love and support.

Being a beauty industry business owner for nearly 20 years, I’ve also shared business skills during summer internships as a mentor. I also focus on beauty and personal care regimens with each of them.

My hopes are for them to gain in every aspect of life within our growing network of the foundation.

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This Foundation Has Donated to Over 2,000 People in Haiti

The LaKaySe Haiti Foundation mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in Haiti. The foundation was established immediately after the massive earthquake in January 2010, killing close to 200,000 people. The founder Gynesis Losa Buissereth, who is originally from Haiti, traveled to the country to locate her family and lost a 4-year-old niece to a collapsed house, which also left several injured friends and family. Gynesis and her cousin Rosemie H Phillipe who is the co-founder of the foundation called everyone in the United States to donate and give as much as they can due to the demolished country, it seems as a nightmare to the ladies; bodies everywhere and homes and businesses destroyed. There were big organizations collecting money and donating, but not much has arrived to the country.
 On October 2016, another devastation in Haiti occurred, Hurricane Matthew. LaKaySe Haiti was summoned to meeting basic humanitarian needs.  During the mission visit, Lakayse Haiti donated to 2,000 people that includes, medical, hair and barber services, clothing, food and money with the support of multiple organizations such as Naji Foundation Inc. XXposurhair, Farouke Systems, We Stand Together, Angelic Foundation, Karabela Nation, BBM LLC and Keen Cutz of Atlanta.  The connection has opened several doors to many people watching and seeing where their donation is going.  This has made a huge impact for the foundation and the volunteers.
An important objective for LakaySe Haiti is to help Haiti in their efforts in creating jobs, building homes and medical facilities.  The goal this year is to provide backpacks and school supplies to over 500 school age kids to receive the proper education.
The founders have seen an increase in families needing help and in the stress levels on their faces.
LakayseHaiti wish list includes the following:
• Backpacks for 500 kids (New school term begins September 5)
• Cash Donation (Any Amount)
 As you can imagine these are very stressful days for many in Haiti as most parents are young, orphans, unemployed, and many don’t have a high school diploma.
The foundation is requesting sponsorship that will help assure the success of the mission to uplift, encourage, and improve the conditions in Haiti.
For more information to assist in Lakaysehaiti Mission Relief visit,

MTV’s Javi Marroquin’s Hitting the ATL

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Publishing Company 13th & Joan Hosts Exclusive Meet & Greet to Announce Book and US Book Tour
There are always at least two sides to every story. Meet author and MTV and WE TV personality Javi Marroquin, as he officially announces his first book, No Guarantees on Saturday, June 24 at 5:00 pm at the AC Hotel, 3600 Wieuca Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. The No Guarantees Book Tour will make its first stop in NYC in the fall of 2017. Javi Marroquin, best known for his presence on MTV’s Teen Mom 2 has captured America’s attention as one to watch. Javi will make his debut as an Author with 13th & Joan Publishing in the Fall of 2017. As a dedicated father and honorable member of the armed services, Javi’s future is bright. Javi’s personal mission is to demonstrate life although life had no guarantees, everything that we do must be accomplished with heart.

“We’re thrilled to see Javi’s evolution and be an intricate part in his brand progression and to serve as his publisher, notes 13th & Joan CEO, Ardre Orie. Javi’s book is not what everyone will expect it to be and we are excited about that. His fans are in for a real treat because there is so much more to him than who we have seen on tv. Not only is he a loving father but he hasn’t given up on the prospect of finding love. No Guarantees is a book that will inspire both men and women to never give up on life and to never give up on love.
The actual title for the book will be revealed to the over 200 fans who have planned to attend this occasion to celebrate the next chapter for Javi.

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Lillie Young Honors OWN Networks Greenleaf Star Julian Brittano

On Saturday June 17th in Buckhead Atlanta, Ga., author Lillie Young hosted An empowering event honoring  Julian Brittano, star of the OWN network TV series Greenleaf. Lillie Young, also known as The Purple Cinderella, used the event bring awareness to childhood abuse, and domestic violence, and as a celebration of life. Julian Brittano shared his story of experiencing and surviving childhood abuse by both a male and female. He also gave an open testimony on how God blessed him with the opportunity to work with Oprah Winfrey on the TV series Greenleaf.
In true Lillie form, guest were treated to a nourishing meal includng salmon, sauteed spinach, and homeade sweet potato pie. Local Atlanta business owner MiniSins also sponsored a dessert table, allowing guest to indulge in some of her delcious treats.


Other event sponsors included REAL TALK SPORTS, WIGO AM 1570 Radio Station, , THANK YOU STS MAGAZINE STS MEDIA & PUBLISHING , King Hennessy LEXUS , ATLWOOD APPAREL, Tashia Similao and Rivers Uncorked.

Lillie Young is an author, event host, and domestic abuse survivor and advocate. To learn more about her movement visit her online at  Instagram @lillieyoung


VEU Magazine Takes its New Networking Event Series to Chicago

On Wednesday May 24th 2017, VEU Magazine headed to Chicago to host the first installment into the “Stripped” event series. We teamed up with fellow Chicago business owner Crysta Wicks of The Boss Wife Enterprises to help bring an even better experience to event guest. “Stripped- An Intimate Interactive Experience with Entrepreneurs, Intellectuals, and Creatives” is a new event series we curated to bring a more “intimate” feel to what networking and panels are all about.

Event guests were encouraged to not only listen to the event panelists, but to engage in conversation with them as well.

Panelists for the event included:

Natalie Craig- Fashion Designer

Ardre Orie- Author/ Publisher

Kevin Coval- Author/ Artistic Director

Kara Scott- Scientist/ Entrepreneur

Remus Jackson IV – Credit Repair Specialist

Clarissa Elise-Publicist

Topics of discussion included charging your worth in business, making sacrifices, business collaborations and more.

Special thank you to the event photographer Marcus Fizer, and videographer KS Bliss Media

Dare 2 Aspire Conference Provides Encouragement for Moms and Entrepreneurs in Atlanta

On April 28th and 29th,  Tosi Ufodike, hosted her 7th annual Dare 2 Aspire conference in Atlanta, Ga. Dare 2 Aspire Conference is an annual conference aimed at encouraging women and Moms to start and/or grow a small business. 

Speakers for this years conference included:

Melissia Rene- CEO, Devanna Love Boutique

Lydia Evans- CEO Swag Essentials
Shalawn Willis -Celebrity MakeUp Artist
Shanicia Boswell- CEO, Black Moms Blog
Lenise Williams, Esq.- IP Attorney & Business Consultant
Monica Awe- Etuk- Influential Fashion Blogger
Tosi states on her website that “I firmly believe that starting a business and creating your own destiny is always possible, no matter the age or circumstance. Remember starting a business is not solely about profits, it is about finding your God-given purpose in life. As we trust God to move us outside of our comfort zones, that is when we Dare 2 Aspire.” The next Dare 2 Aspire stop in Houston, Texas.
Tosi Ufodike is a wife, mom, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She is the CEO and Founder of My Good Nanny, and also the organic hair care company Hair Yum. My Good Nanny is  the leading site dedicated to connecting diverse babysitters and nannies with loving families.
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Dr. Roshawnna Novellus Host EnrichHER Conference for Female Entrepreneurs

On Thursday, April 27, the inaugural EnrichHER Business Conference was held at Atlanta Tech Village in Buckhead, GA. Dr. Roshawnna Novellus, event creator and co-founder of Bootstrap Capital, partnered with the City of Atlanta to support women entrepreneurs during a two-day conference that engaged over 250 participants.

The conference focused on the development of successful women business leaders. Six women led businesses participated in EnrichHER’s business pitch competition. The winner, Lalanya Abner of Imagination Beyond Boundaries, was awarded $5,000 in funding.

Lisa Nicole Cloud, CEO of Elite Marketing Strategies and star of BRAVO TV’s Married to Medicine, was the keynote speaker. Rashan Ali, multi-media personality, was the master of ceremony

EnrichHER speakers and panelists included Abigail Trembel, president of Randstad; Kimberly Blackwell, advisor for PMM & NBWC; Susan Oh, managing partner of Telemundo; Veronica Maldonado-Torres, program director for Georgia Protege Project; Genevieve Bos, managing partner of Thought Capital.

Judges for the business pitch competition included: Grace Fricks, president of Access to Capital For Entrepreneurs; Theia Washington, executive director of Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative; and Dina Marto, founder of Twelve Studios.

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PSAFE Host 3rd Annual Fashion and Art Expose

On Saturday April 22nd 2017, PSAFE  ( Private Society Arts and Fashion Expose) hosted its 3rd annual event in Atlanta, GA.  In our recent Mar/April 2017 issue, we went into detail with the founders of the event, and talked about how the idea was conceived and its mission. Fraternity brothers and good friends, Derek Hardge Jr., Corey Smith, Patrick Russell, and Jawaan Washington, started PSAFE three years ago, with the idea of uniting local creatives in the music, art and fashion space, along with small business owners.

The event was filled with a wide variety of creatives including painters, hula hoop dancers, dance teams, fashion designers and more. The founders have a goal of annual presenting the PSAFE event, for no less than 10 years, with plans of expansion into other cities. In addition to months of strenuous planning for such a large scale event, members of the PSAFE team also found time to give back to the community throughout the process. Monthly service projects included a partnership with a local organization that provides housing and guidance for foster children, who were also about to come out and witness the PSAFE event.

For more information PSAFE and to stay up to date on upcoming events, visit

Moguls In Media Host Panel Event with Powerful Women in Media

On Thursday April 20, 2017, Moguls in Media hosted their last event tour stop in Atlanta, Ga. Moguls in Media, which was founded by  Darcel Laurie, is a platform that was built  to help fellow entrepreneurs like herself become successful within the entertainment industry.

The event featured a panel full of  entrepreneurs from various aspects of the entertainment field including:

Erica Dias- Founder of The B Firm PR
Natasha Cole- Founder of Go and Glow
Loren Lott-Actress (Greenleaf)
Jennifer Matthews-CNN Producer
Diamonde Williamson-Associate Producer at OWN and founder of Blossom TV

Along with great conversation and networking, guest were also treated to complimentary appetizers and drinks, all sponsored by Simone’s Kitchen ATL. Other sponsors of the event included The PR Alliance,
Philly Cam, and Glam Dream and Inspire

About Moguls In Media

The Moguls in Media TM event is a platform for established Journalists, TV/Radio Personalities, Writers, Photographers, Entrepreneurs, Stylists, etc… to come together and empower women who are on the rise in the industry. (Men are welcome as well.) These gatherings and events will give women the confidence and tools on how to kick butt in this male dominated industry! The goal is to have the attendees walk away from a Moguls in MediaTM experience with new skills, tips, techniques and new sisters in the business.

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