Featured Entrepreneurs

Sondra Strong Art

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“As an artist, I pursue images that reflect a simplistic and diverse view of African-American culture through personal experiences, imagination, and stories shared by friends and loved ones”.-Sondra Strong

Sondra Strong is an  Instructional Math Facilitator in the Little Rock School District with a love for art that represents the African American culture. Ms. Strong’s love for art came at an early age when her father introduced her to oil painting.  She began to take art classes throughout junior high and high school.  Her love for art grew as she entered various competitions and programs in high school. 

Ms. Strong also earned the distinction in high school of attending Arkansas Governor’s School in the field of visual arts. Her goal in life was to pursue a degree in art, but the tables turned and she received a degree in Math Education.  During a visit to Chicago in 2003, she rediscovered her love for art through the mother of a college friend who was an avid collector of African-American Art.  It was this particular visit that inspired her to paint again.  Ms. Strong loves all aspects of culture and life, but she is particularly fond of what African-American life has to offer.

She expresses this fondness by painting the simplicities of life with bold colors and broad strokes.   She primarily uses acrylic paints, and she continues to work hard to perfect her love of creating African-American art.  

In December 2008, Ms. Strong was involved in a serious car accident that shattered both bones in her dominant right forearm.  After receiving two plates and several pins to repair her injury, Ms. Strong was forced to take a hiatus from creating art.  After months of prayers and encouragement from family and friends, Miss Strong decided to continue her dream of creating art.  

Her goal is to share her art with everyone and to expand her craft to eventually represent the beauty of all cultures.  Ms. Strong thanks God for the gift her father extended to her through the joy of painting. 

In December 2011, Miss Strong received the honor of having two pieces of artwork permanently installed in Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s Creativity Arkansas Collection in Little Rock, Arkansas. Miss Strong has donated her artwork to several charitable organizations and scholarship fundraisers.  

She has illustrated a children’s book, and her work has been featured at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia; Portfolio Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, Community Bakery and The Arkansas Studies Institute in Downtown Little Rock, and Arkansas State University in Beebe, AR.  

In February 2014, Ms. Strong participated in the Creations in Ebony exhibit at the Edwardsville Arts Center in Edwardsville, Illinois, as well as having her artwork present to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe on behalf of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for Black History Month.

C4K BIRTH OF CREATIVITY

“Birth of Creativity”

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“Cotton Girl”

Lab Partners

“Lab Partners”

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“Tuning With Natures Art”

Hiking Buddies

“Hiking Buddies”

Swingin' 2

“Swingin”

 

Sondra Strong’s art has been featured, displayed, donated and sold in 25 different events in Arkansas as well as Missouri, Georgia, and Indiana from 2006 Present. Below is her contact information.

sastrongpaintings@gmail.com

www.sondrastrongart.com

Face Book Group: Sondra A. Strong Art

501-349-7377 

 

 

Kreation’s By Kenna

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Shakenna Brown is the owner of “Kreationz By Kenna”. This single mother of two boys started her business to give parents the opportunity to have a nice party for their kids at a reasonable price. With the success of her events for kids, she decided to expand her services and offer events for all occasions. The Kreationz by Kenna company does everything from graduation parties to baby showers.

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With help from her mentor Fisamuel Reggans, owner of “Fingerprint Images” she was inspired and given the resources and information she needed to build a successful business in the Central Arkansas area.  As of now “Kreationz By Kenna” is doing events in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, and Bryant. In the future, she hopes to expand her service into different parts of the state.

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Along with a great set up for your events, this company also offers Balloon Decors, Personalized Stationary and Boxes and any other specialty item needed to add extra flare to your special day.  Contact “Kreationz By Kenna” when you are planning your next event.

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Contact Info

Facebook: Kreationz By Kenna

Instagram: @kreationzbykenna

Phone: 501-414-6943

 

Sade Curry, Credit Repair Services

 

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Sade is a credit agent/entrepreneur, after realizing her credit was damaged and facing a lot of bills from her divorce; she wanted to file for bankruptcy. Sade found out about credit repair services and decided to use that to get herself out of debt. Her experience with being in debt made her want to help others in the community who  were also trying to figure out how to repair their credit; so she became a credit repair agent.

The company she works through is Financial Education Services, and they are ranked A+ with the BBB and have a 90% success rate. They have been in business since 2004 and they work along the lines of Financial Literacy.

Sade offers 13 different services and her highlighted service is the credit restoration program; which gives her clients results within the first 45 days. Sade can also help you reestablish your credit.

Contact Info: Sade Curry/bettercredit

 

Packages Includes

  • Credit Restoration        
  • FES Debt Zero
  • MyCare Plan                
  • Credit Builder
  • Lifelock                       
  • Discount Shopping
  • Credit Attorney           
  •  Financial Lockbox
  • YFL Family Mint          
  • Smart Credit
  • Life Insurance*             
  • RX Discount Card

 

Mannie-Gee Productions (MGP)

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Nobody does, “Grassroots Hip-Hop” like Mannie-Gee (A.K.A. Manuel Lee Young, Jr.; Immanuel Imhotep Bey) of Mannie-Gee Productions located in Pine Bluff, AR. Mr. Young has worked with various Independent Hip-Hop Artist such as 9th Scientist of Little Rock, AR (Khemenu: A time Began Anu; Tru Kingz of Boom; Neb King Cold), Infinito 2017 of Chicago, IL by way of Memphis, TN (Joe Left Hand Records; Culture Power 45), as well as Pine Bluff’s very own Revolutionary Hip-Hop group, MCE (Sol Musik).

He has steadily grown his production platform into a  multifaceted business model that includes Consultation and Music Engineering services for all clients looking for that, “Organic, Home-Grown, Real Boom-Bap” styling with an Original Southern touch. From Beats to Creative Directive Advice for clients, MGP is a business well worth the investment.

Hailing from Lagrange, AR, Manuel’s lover for Hip-Hop, Art, and Music in general comes from his early childhood exposure of all three categories by way of his Grandmother (via a small Casio keyboard that was bought for him), and very colorful characters that he ran across during this time.

All of these exposing moments yielded a rich appreciation for Old School Hip-Hop, as well as additional influences from Artist such as Prince, Public Enemy, P.M. Dawn; and even the rich history of the Mid-Delta’s Blues, Rock N’ Roll, Country, Hip-Hop/Rap, and Gospel scene. Growing into into his teen-age years in High School eventually introduced him to music production in the form of FL Studio, a well-known Digital Audio Workstation that allowed for his musical inspirations to slowly emerge into reality.

During his years attending at and graduating from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Mr. Young’s formation of MGP simply began as a notion as a Hobbyist Beat-Maker to Full-Fledged Independent Hip-Hop Music Producer, Artist, and Entrepreneur by being thoroughly exposed to UAPB’s then Collegiate Music Scene. In later years, Manuel was further introduced into Pine Bluff’s and Little Rock’s Underground Independent Music environment as well; which heavily enriched his vision for what he wanted Hip-Hop music and the culture to sound and represent like via his OWN platform.

The accumulation of the events and experiences mentioned above led to the summary of MGP’s sound akin to Australian Aborigines ability to create Traditional but totally Original forms of Art via, “Boom-Bap” production techniques with “Home-Grown” Arkansan Musical sensibilities.

The love for the culture and music of Hip-Hop can be seen and expressed through his mindfulness towards Good Standard Operating Practices in direct comparison to his consistent drive on becoming a better Entrepreneur with each passing day. With emphasis on promoting a, “One-On-One” engagement culture with his business practices via Customer Service, Mr. Young’s motive for Mannie-Gee Productions is to provide Excellent Good & Services at reasonable but competitive prices with a warm and authentic slogan that’s reflective of his slogan, “One Beat At A Time”.

MGP provides Goods such as Self-Produced EP’s, Full Lengh Albums, and various Beat-Tape Compilations; as well as Exclusive/Non-exclusive Compositions via On-Line and/or Off-Line archives and Custom-Made request. Also, it has a wide range of Services that are specifically designed for the Independent Hip-Hop Artist which includes:

“On-The Go” Recording

MGP’s Beat Package Specials

Mixing and Enginneering

Master of Ceremonies

Project Management

General Consulting

Online Marketing

Vinyl Archiving & Restoration

For any additional information on MGP’s Good & Services, or to hire him for Contract work, please contact him at the following:

PHONE #: (501) 295-3655

EMAIL: manniegeeproductions@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.mgpbeats.wixsite.com/onebeatatatime

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Royal King Promotions

Jason B. King is a 30 year old father of 2 (Aaliyzah Joy and Chloe Kamyra) from Jonesboro, AR.  and an  AMAZING photographer. He had a passion for photography in his early childhood days with his disposable camera. In Junior High and High School  he developed skills for advertising and media; along with creating T Shirts, Business Cards and Flyer designs. When Jason started college he majored in Advertising and Media, but with a new baby on the way he went into the job field full time.

 

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Between the ages of 20-25  He obtained skills as a music artist, dj, promoter and television media; and in Houston, TX. he learned about marketing. On April 18, 2014 God spoke toson and told him that the only person hindering him from starting a business was himself. In the midst of being almost homeless he stepped out on faith and took every dime he had and invested in his equipment and started ROYAL KING PROMOTIONS.

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The vision of Royal King Promotions is to “enhance your dreams into ROYALTY, not just reality” through promotion, photography, design and networking. Jason prides himself on instilling confidence in everyone he meets to be great in all that they do. He shares his testimony  to help them realize that no one will understand your purpose but you and instead of seeking validation from others you should focus on what God has destined for you.

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To book Royal King Promotions for your next event/photo shoot session contact Jason at

870-219-5729 Business page : www.facebook.com/royalkingpromotions

Instagram: @royalkingpromotions

Facebook : Jason King (Royal King Promotions)

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