International Pastors & Leaders Conference

Bishop T.D. Jakes’ International Pastors & Leadership Conference Equips Leaders with Tools for Success

Tampa, Fla., April 23, 2019—Thousands of leaders across the globe are attending a three-day gathering for teaching and training across multiple fields and spheres of influence. This year’s International Pastors & Leadership Conference will be held in Tampa, April 25 – 27, and was inspired by Bishop T.D. Jakes’ best-selling book, SOAR!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up.
Bishop T.D. Jakes, entrepreneur and senior pastor of The Potter’s House, has convened a team of thought leaders, speakers and executives to provide advanced training in relationships, processes, workflows, investments, marketing, advertising, communication and more. The conference will also address today’s cross-generational environments. Breakout session topics include cyber security, mental health, staff diversity, social justice, the art of preaching, artist development and how to handle change. Jakes will also be unveiling his latest book, Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power.









Woman Thou Art Loose Masterclass


This year’s Woman thou art Loose Master class was awesome.  It was filled with the powerful move of God. You must attend, if you missed it. Trust us you will leave, renewed. With thousands of guest, everyone was so eager to hear the word of God, and we all did! As, always, Bishop T. D. Jakes did not disappoint us, he came with his powerful word, he is most certainty the GREATEST!!

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With such before decor, even our assistant editor enjoyed herself on a beautiful pink couch with a lovely pink carpet, and pink lamps.

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Juanita Bynum, Ph.D.

The 2018 Woman, Thou Art Loosed! Master Class runs until Oct. 20 at The Potter’s House in Dallas. For more than 25 years, Woman, Thou Art Loosed! has been training, teaching and inspiring more than half a million women. This year’s new Master Class format will feature breakout panels on topics such as the challenges female leaders face in male-dominated work environments, how to achieve work-life balance, how to succeed in corporate America and tips to maintain healthy relationships. Visit for more information on confirmed speakers, talent, the full schedule and special event updates.
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About The Potter’s House
Founded in 1996, The Potter’s House is a 30,000-member nondenominational, multicultural church and humanitarian organization led by Bishop T. D. Jakes. Consistently ranked among the largest and most influential churches in the U.S., The Potter’s House has five locations across Texas, Colorado and California. For more information, visit

Ms. Caddie, Devine Creations Debutante Ball & Gala 2018

On September 30, 2018, Ms. Verna Caddie , Founder of Devine Creations Debutante /Cotillions held its 11th Annual Debutante Ball and Gala, which was held in Humble, Texas at The Humble Civic Center.

This year’s Debutante Ball and Gala theme was : ” An Evening of Elegance” 6 young ladies were presented the Houston’s society. A Debutante Ball is a celebrations of people gathering together to celebrate their daughter’s entrance in young adulthood. The Debutante Ball also known as a cotillion.

Devine Creations Debutante Ball and Gala, also honored several men and woman in the Houston area, with the “Rona Burns Williams Community Service Award” honoring these awesome men and woman for their service in and around the Houston community.

Decorated in Black and Which beautiful decor, and catering which was provided by All Seasoning Catering. Everyone who was in attendance enjoyed this spectacular evening.



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Houston Black Heritage Festival












This year’s fourth annual Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival will be one for the books! Sponsored by Allstate, T-Mobile, The City of Houston, Houston First, Compassion International, The Principle Partnering Group LLC, Silver Eagle and others.  The George R. Brown Convention Center will host the 2018 festival in Houston, Texas spanning two days – August 11th and August 12th. Over 50,000 people are expected to be in attendance.

This all-weekend event will be jam-packed with guest speakers, artists, poets, performances and world-renowned musical guest entertainers. There will also be an array of activities, namely a volunteer workday partnering with Volunteer America in the rebuilding of Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

This year’s artist will be Grammy award-winning Lalah Hathaway, and lead singer of legendary R&B group Mint Condition, Stokley Williams.

This is a must-attend event that you don’t want to miss. There will be something for the entire family, including an interactive youth zone. This years youth zone will feature all kinds of great activities for the kids. The guest Dj is spineralla herself 11-year-old DJ Layla! Kids will enjoy food, fun, and activities sponsored by the city of Houston.


  • T-Mobile gives back with sponsorship of the 4th annual Houston Black Heritage Festival
  • Lalah Hathaway and Stokley Williams tear down the Stage at the 4th annual Houston Black Heritage Festival.
  • Earnest Pugh , Jessica Reedy, and Vincent Powell headline Sundays Black Heritage Festival
  • I AM SO KATE boutique showcases at the 4th annual Black Heritage Festival, winning boutique of the year!www.IAMSOKATE.NET
  • Vendors surplus over 10k in revenue at the 4th annual Black Heritage Festival.



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The Earnest Living Tour


The Earnest Living Tour, which was hosted in Houston, Texas on June 16, 2018.  This amazing tour gave all of the attendees the  knowledge needed to be successful. Southern Belle Mag , Founder Ms. Verna Caddie and Sissy was on hand as Mr. Duke shared everything there is to know about brand building and he did not hold anything back, Mr. Duke was very open and honest with everyone. I am sure that everyone was very blessed by what was learned, and they are prepared with the tools needed to become the next millionaires.

Guest Speakers:
Jasmine Brand (Media Maven, Founder of | @thejasminebrand_
Dorion Renaud (Actor/TV Personality,  In The Cut on Bounce TV) | @dorionrenaud
Derrian Perry (Publicist, Cardi B, Blame It On Kway, etc.) | @iamphreshy
Yvonne Guidry (Social Influencer & owner of Spoiled Latina) | @spoiledlatina
Mikos (Lifestyle Specialist at Combs Enterprise, Brand Ambassador for Ciroc) | @iammikos



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Ernest Dukes is a successful brand builder, award-winning publicist and television producer. Owner of The Nottingham Group, a premiere boutique public relations firm based in Beverly Hills, Ernest’s passion is rooted in educating, inspiring and helping others realize their fullest potential. Born and raised in California, Ernest’s hustle and determination is unmatched. Ernest’s past and current client roster includes Fashion NovaNick CannonKeyshia Cole, K. Michelle, Jeezy112 & more. In addition to marketing and branding, Ernest is also a creative force in the television industry, currently producing on season 3 of BET Her’s From The Bottom Up in addition to the new late-night variety show Get Into It Forizzle starring Snoop Dogg & Tami Roman.




Ms. Verna Caddie, Founder of Devine Creations:

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Houston Theatre Company Hosts Grand Opening During March to Commemorate National Theatre in Our Schools Month and World/National Theatre Day

As 1 Akins Productions’ grand opening festivities feature a panel of movie industry professionals and a full itinerary for aspiring actors and theatre lovers


Phylcity and  Gabriel Silva (Hollywood Actor)

HOUSTON, March 22, 2018 – Houston-based production company, As 1 Akins, opens its doors to the public during the month of March, which also commemorates the celebration of National Theatre in Schools Month as well as World and National Theatre Day, which is held annually on March 27. Both recognitions are commemorated with national and international theatre events organized to mark the occasions and reinforce the importance of theatre arts to entertain, heal and enrich lives.

Deloris Akins, owner of As 1 Akins Productions, will host the company’s open house and ribbon cutting, along with the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce, at their new studio space. The festivities kick off on Saturday, March 24th with the open house from 1-4 pm. Special guests include child actor Gabriel Silva who has appeared in Hollywood films including “Live by Night” co-starring Ben Affleck and the upcoming movie “Godzilla” co-starring Academy Award nominees Vera Farmiga and Sally Hawkins. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, a live scene from the company’s upcoming stage play “Wrath Of A Broken Man,” industry talks with professional actors, giveaways, and information about upcoming training for children and adults. The following Monday, March 26th marks the official Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting from Noon-1 pm.

Birthed out of a vision to realize Akins’ own acting aspirations, her production company offers acting classes and stage productions tailored for all ages from aspiring actors looking to develop and hone their skills to individuals seeking to develop confidence through creative expression.

“When I started seeking acting jobs, I really had no clue on how to get started. So I thought to myself, why not write and put myself on stage, and I did,” Akins shared. “I always wrote plays as a child but never thought I could make a business out of it. I really want to help others’ dreams come true who are in the same situation I was in years ago.”

The family-owned and operated acting and production studio – run by Akins and her husband and children – offers year-round introductory acting training, including Auditioning Classes, Introduction to Method Acting, Improvisation, Monologues, Scene Study and Technique Classes, and Commercial Acting. After taking Akins’ classes, her students have gone on to appear in films and TV roles.


Since turning her passion to a profession in 2012, Akins has directed and produced five stage plays and in 2016 hosted “So You Want To Be An Actor,” an acting workshop featuring panelists, Charnele Brown (Kim from A Different World) and Nakia Dillard (founder of Aikan Performing Arts) who has appeared in the movie, Split and the TV series, The Wire.

The New York native aims to provide the Houston community with positive performances through plays and acting courses and to provide a stepping stone for individuals looking to get into the acting industry or boost their communication skills, power and presence.


“Our mission is to bring great entertainment and acting classes to Houston and surrounding areas,” said Akins. “We want to help youth and adults in the community grow their talent and get a head start on making their dreams come true; whether their dream is acting professionally or for fun, or to learn presentation skills and boost confidence, As 1 Akins has something for everyone. We would love to connect with the community at our grand opening events”

The new studio space where both events will take place is located at 1525 Lakeville Drive, Suite #102, Kingwood, TX 77339. For more information, visit RSVP to attend via


“Image Me” Self Esteem Workshop, with guest appearance “LIL BRI” Season 4 of The Rap Game

On March 18, 2018 Devine Creations debutantes held a awesome workshop on self esteem for young ladies. This year’s debutantes must attend a 8 month program which covers etiquette, manners, table etiquette, self esteem, self confidence,posture and poise and a host of other empowering workshops. This event was held at a private location, and it was great.

With a special appearance from “LIL BRI” from Season 4 The Rap Game. LIL BRI spoke so eloquently about being humble and never changing. This young lady makes us Houston pride, by empowering youth everywhere to be themselves no matter what.

Ms. Verna Caddie, The Founder of Devine Creations Debutante/Cotillions also, gave out “The Amazing Youth Award” to Journie Bell, who is an awesome young lady.  Journie Bell. Journie is an 8 year old actress, model, dancer, and entrepreneur. Also, making an appearance was LiL Miss. Happy Head Samyria Spriggs.




“LIL BRI” and Devine Creations Phylicity


“LIL BRI” and Miss. Devine Creations Amiya Doss


LIL BRI and Maghan McDermott


Ms. Verna Caddie and Journie Bell

For more information about Devine Creations Debutante Program, please contact:




Ms. Verna Caddie = Offers Self Esteem Workshop for young Ladies. “Imagine Me” Self Esteem Workshop

Join, Devine Creations on March 18,2018 for a time to reflect on self esteem, and self worth. Founder of Devine Creations, Ms. Verna Caddie, will offer a workshop to young ladies ages 8 to 21 years of age.

Place: Ramada

Time: 2pm to 5pm

All material will be included.


“HOUSTON- Blink Movie Premier”

  “Blink” is the latest film project from Houston, TX native Courtney JáPaul Glaudé. The movie was released earlier this year, to industry professionals, at the 2017 Los Angeles Short Film Festival, and is now set to premier in select AMC theaters in Houston & Atlanta March 2nd through 8th. Allstate insurance recently backed the film as an acting sponsor to help shine a light on such a serious topic. Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner has declared March 2nd as “Courtney Japaul Glaude” Day with a proclamation honor. This public honor will kick off on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 and will continue with annual recognition.
Allstate is committed to “Blink” as part of the company’s “Purple Purse” initiative, which is led by spokeswoman Serena Williams with the purpose to help empower domestic violence survivors by offering resources and tools for them to stay free from abuse. Further, the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) has a “Every 9 Seconds” campaign that piggybacks on the theme of “Blink”, which includes having a spokesperson for PADV attend and speak at Blink red carpet movie premiers.

“Blink” is the dramatic story of Nailah Belle as the character tries to navigate the depths and effect of domestic violence. Belle discovers that the calmest seas are often the most turbulent below the surface. From the outside, the meticulous facade of Nailah and husband Chris’s relationship looks perfect. The community doesn’t suspect domestic violence exists in the home, but the violence is unbearable as Nailah seeks out perfection and is looped into a life of a domestic violence victim, showing how everything can change in just one blink.

“It’s a serious subject matter addressed with tact, but in a manner that gets your attention. Courtney JáPaul Glaudé does an amazing job with the writing of what sadly is reality for many women. The ThinkZILLA team is proud to help garner national awareness of this film and hopefully help victims reach out for help,” said Velma Trayham CEO of ThinkZILLA PR & Consulting Group.

Domestic Violence in America is a prominent topic, which can be circumvented with proper education – like media tools in motion picture form such as “Blink”. Currently, and according to the, “1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.”  Bianca Siplin and Will Scott star in “Blink”. A full list of theatrical showings may be accessed by visiting




3rd Annual Black Heritage Festival Presented By Ebony



HOUSTON, Texas – Over eight thousand people attended the 3rd annual Houston Black Heritage Festival presented by Ebony Magazine. Grammy award winning artist Tamia set the stage on fire alongside Elle Varner, and every girls dream performer the ever so “smooth” Eric Benet. This year’s festival served as an uplifting evening for the city of Houston after the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Eric Benet gracefully gave words of encouragement as he embraced the crowd with resilience and compassion.  This years host and emcee was non other than  The Session Talk Show Host, Kia Renee!

Founder Richard Andrews commended, “I would like to thank some very influential people who stepped in to partner with us.  First, Willard Jackson, and Linda Rice of Ebony are two amazing people who saw a need to help heal the community in the wake of Harvey.  I am really grateful and honored for the partnership.  Also, Thanks to Mr. Darryl King for stepping in and mentoring me and single handedly helping getting this event off the ground.  Compassion International played a huge role as one of our major sponsors and presented our Gospel Celebration.  I wanted to utilize our platform this year to celebrate the remarkable spirit of our strong and resilient African American community.”

The night enriched as State representative Shawn Thierry presented Willard Jackson-Vice Chairman of Ebony Magazine, Darryl King-Principle Partnering Group, Eric Bent Elle Varner and Tamia with honors from the State of Texas. Mayor Sylvester turner was also a 2017 honoree, alongside NAACP Image Award nominee and larry Green –City of Houston District K- Larry Green,  marketing guru- Velma Trayham and Fox 26 News Reporter, Isiah Carey who both addressed the crowd to encourage Houstonians to remain strong, and to embrace their “Go moment”. Other honorees included, Darian Ward- City of Houston Press Secretary, Larry Johnson- Development Director KTSU, Owner- Mr. Percy Creuzot Ill.  Also Mr. Boris Miles stopped by to show support.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee commended Houston Black Heritage Festival founder Richard Andrews while addressing the crowd stating, “Many believed the festival should have been canceled due to Hurricane Harvey, but Richard thank you for giving back, and providing Houston with such an uplifting event!” Congresswoman Lee added “I love the vision Richard (Founder of the Houston Black Heritage Festival)  has, this festival will soon be the largest jazz and cultural family event birth from Houston that will capture the nation. The Houston Black Heritage Festival growth and impact on the Houston Community is simply outstanding.”  Before leaving the stage, Congresswoman Lee took a knee inciting the crowd of thousands as she expressed her solidarity to the many african american NFL supporters and the spirit of black culture.

The ambiance of the evening was set in prelude to the youth zone and vendors market. Hundreds of vendor and food trucks provided attendees with a day of shopping, eating and performances in the free youth zone. Harris county also provided free health screenings along with free games and activities from the youth.

The Houston Black Heritage Festival has become one of the most sought after annual events in the state of Texas for music lovers, business owners, entertainment stars, community leaders, members of media and for children of all ages. Over the past three years, the event has garnered millions of social media impressions. This year was no different, as the event trended across all social media platforms. It was a stellar show and next year will be even bigger and better.

Ebony Magazine, had the honor of being this year’s presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include City Of Houston, Houston Arts Alliance, Harris County, Compassion International, Bud Light- Silver Eagle, Houston Style Magazine, Frenchy’s, Council Member Green, The Principle Partnering Group L.L.C, KTSU 90.9FM, KYND, African American News, Houston Forward Times, Buffalo Soldiers Museum, CBA Media Group, Yelp, VIP Media, Four Seasons Hotel, Harris County Precinct 1 and the Day Edwards Agency.









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