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BRNDD: Conversations with Creatives

Branded by dictionary definition in the commerce world means carrying the brand or trademark of a manufacture. In today’s world, the definition of a brand has opened up much more. Brand’s can be the label names we wear, the companies we support, down to our own individual selves. Join BRNDD hosts, Donte’ Cotton and Ronald James as they interview not just people behind the brands but also some of the influencers on these brands. Musicians, artists, athletes and store owners have created their own brand and we want to examine how these worlds collide. So tune in as BRNDD takes you inside the world of today’s creatives.
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Apr 23, 2017

Sam is is a business owner, mother, wife and creative director, all of which she is successful with. She She owns New Vintage by Sam, an apparel and accessories company, Sam Styled you, a personal styling company as well as her mommy blog, Dressed in Motherhood. Coming from a corporate background, she decided she needed more to feel fulfilled in life. Join Ronald and Donte' as they talk with Sam about being an Entrepreneurial mommy and how to handle it all. 

 

Highlights: 

  • 5:40 - The Psychology of Self Image
  • 8:32 - The Transition into being a business owner and its Difficulties
  • 11:42 - The balance of Motherhood and Business
  • 16:36 - Movies that inspire Fashion 
  • 18:44 - Indie is the Wave of the Future 
  • 21:02 - Music and How is Spurs Daily Inspiration
  • 26:30 - What is Dressed in Motherhood & advice for Entrepreneurial Mommies 
  • 34:30 - The Importance of breaking Societal Norms & Black Love
  • 41:30 - The Favorites
  • 45:11 - Get Out, The Commercialism of Black Culture, & White Mediocrity

 

Sam's

Dressed in Motherhood Blog:

https://dressedinmotherhood.wordpress.com/page/2/

Instagram:

@newvintagebysam/SamStyledYou

Website:

http://www.newvintagebysam.com/ 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NewVintagebySam/

https://www.facebook.com/TheStyleStrategist/

 BRNDD 10: Playlist:

 

 BRNDD Podcast:

Website: debonairmaterial.com

E-Mail: brndd@debonairmaterial.com

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast

Twitter:

@DebMaterial

Instagram:

@debonairmaterial

facebook:

www.facebook.com/DebonairMaterial/

Ronald James

Twitter and Instagram:

@whoisronjames

 

Apr 9, 2017

Kalilah Wright is the founder of mess in a bottle. A company that makes inspirational shirts and packages them in a special bottle. The brand has been going strong a little over a year now and has even been recognized by the likes of Mark Cuban.

Ronald and Donte' kick off the episode talking briefly about Kalief Browder's story, and his music with his cousin, under the crew name Catch the fade. Then Ron gets into how he met Kalilah at Under Armour and she speaks on her architecture background. She also speaks on how she came up with Mess in a Bottle over a year ago, and how she started with designing baby furniture and apparel(7:31). The BRNDD hosts also get her to talk about her New York roots and attending Art and Design High School, and why she chose the architecture route initially over apparel and how she got back into it(11:31). 

Ronald transitions the conversation into how social media helps her business and how she developed her social currency(14:30). Then the three speak on her experience meeting Mark Cuban on The Harry Show and sharing her dream of being interviewed by Oprah(15:41). She also shares her difficulty of running a business by herself and bringing in a staff(19:48). Ron also gets her to speak on how she balances herself and her positive energy with the help of her Therapist friend(24:40). Kailiah gets personal and talks about the importance of her family and how they inspire her as well(33:37). Winding down, Kalilah talks about becoming an author and what others can do to chase her dreams(38:55). 

 

Kalilah's

A Mother's Dream Book Page:

https://www.facebook.com/kwritebooks/

Instagram:

@messinabottle

Website:

https://www.messinabottle.com/

Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/amessinabottle/

 BRNDD 10: Playlist:

 

 BRNDD Podcast:

E-Mail: brndd@debonairmaterial.com

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast

Twitter:

@DebMaterial

Instagram:

@debonairmaterial

facebook:

www.facebook.com/DebonairMaterial/

Ronald James

Twitter and Instagram:

@whoisronjames

 

 

Apr 2, 2017

     Ronald and Donte' are back for Season 2 with a 2-hour premiere! Creative Culture lifestyle is a brand started by Brian in 2016 that focuses on black males' beards with a line of natural care products. They've been featured on news channels from Baltimore to Philly, sold in several beauty supply stores across the state of Maryland and their online presence is ever-growing. This year, Brian be launching his non-profit H.U.S.T.L.E.R. and all that and more is discussed in this episode.

    Before the episode starts, Ron announces he's going to London for a week, the two talk about traveling and announce more information about their first live event(3:30)! The conversation starts off when Brian talking about growing his beard in corporate America and being concerned about it until he saw his white counterparts be able to do so(8:24). Then the conversation leads into Brian explaining why African Americans need his product and why the products cater to them. 

    Brian also talks about his school days, from selling Lil' Mike Mixtapes in High School(13:15), to selling t-shirts at Morgan St. University. He also talks about how he was always driven to be in sales but never illegally and how "risk-reward" played into it.

    Brian also discusses the importance of reputation for not only yourself, but your business as well(26:08). The conversation leads into Brian explaining the issues of selling a natural product and how he built a support system through his women audience and friends such as Baltimore Political figures Nick and Marylin Mosby(34:50). 

 

Brian's

Instagram:

@creativeculturelifestyle

Website:

https://www.creativeculturelifestyle.com/

Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/creativeculturelifestyle/

Twitter: 

@CCLBeardButter

 BRNDD 10: Playlist 

 https://play.spotify.com/user/brnddpodcast/playlist/5yRRyJWnYskOkkaiyI1bHK

BRNDD Podcast:

E-Mail: brndd@debonairmaterial.com

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast

Twitter:

@DebMaterial

Instagram:

@debonairmaterial

facebook:

www.facebook.com/DebonairMaterial/

Ronald James

Twitter and Instagram:

@whoisronjames

 

 

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