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Bold & Polished Featured Pistil Arjay by: Maquita Donyel “So you didn’t win the battle, but there’s still a whole war…Don’t let yourself lose” – Arjay (From her self written song “Don’t Go”. [A Must See Video Here] Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice I cannot think of a description more accurate. Born in Latimore, California and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia,  ArJay is a beautiful, bold and confident 16 year old with dreams of, “changing the world through clean and positive music”. She greets me with big brown eyes, a sweet smile and an ever so cool, “Hey!”.    Although singing and songwriting is now her specialty, Arjay did not begin with singing. The dreams of singing were fostered by dreams of becoming an actress. “I started off as an actress when I was four years old; my older sister was the singer first. Most people want singers when their voices develop which is…

Bold & Polished Pistil of the Month  LaThelma Armstrong “I want to be able to cultivate purpose. Without purpose, I don’t think you’re really living”- LaThelma Armstrong Somewhere between 8pm and time to touch up my eyeliner, I was greeted by this down-to-earth, beauty armed with a flawless complexion and a smile so enthralling that it would instantly improve any mood. It only takes five minutes of speaking with her before you feel like, “I must have met this woman in a past life”. LaThelma Armstrong, is a 23 year old Master of Divinity candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary, a preacher, a Senior Mentor to middle and high school female students in preparing for college, and the Founder and Director of Anointed Gospel Choir of Claremont Colleges. If you’re like me, you discovered LaThelma through her bold rendition of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love”. What…

Bold & Polished Pistil of the Month Avonda Turner By: Maquita Donyel “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Leonardo da Vinci “It’s a funny thing, how much time we spend planning our lives. We so convince ourselves of what we want to do, that sometimes we don’t see what we’re meant to do.” ― Susan Gregg Gilmore With crisp white walls as her backdrop, an edgy bob and a signature collection chain to shape her face, Avonda’s soulful voice, bright smile and humble spirit greets me with a sweet, “Heeyy!” Avonda Turner is a twenty-something year old, Owner/Art Director of Brand Design Love and the Senior Graphic Designer at a firm located in the Washington, DC area. Like most 2006 High School graduates, this Chesterfield, Virginia native graduated with a diploma in one hand and very specific life plans in the other. These life plans included attending a specific university, and that…

A Second Look: Pistils of the Month July – November 2013 By: Maquita Donyel  Can you believe it?! It’s already been six months since our blog has been up and running! (Well technically, December 22nd will make six months) What better way to celebrate our six month annie than to ask our most recent Pistils of the Month wacky questions and see what they have been up to since we last heard from them?? Click on their individudal names to read each of their full stories, if you have not already. ENJOY! Stay Polished Pistil! Jocyln Paluchu 1. What’s the biggest risk you have ever taken? My biggest risk would be moving to CA! Lol 2. What made it to your iPod rotation today?  I don’t wanna be by Gavin Degraw 3. What is one thing hardly anyone knows about you? I’m very self conscious about myself 4. If…

Bold & Polished Pistil of the Month Solo By: Maquita Donyel “Human beings are multifaceted jewels. We have many important dimensions to our being.” Big, beautiful, curly hair, a humble spirit, a sweet voice and the rumbles of two [ADORABLE] french bull dogs greet me as Solo and I begin to chat. “Latto say Hi!!,” Solo says to her spotted pup. Many of us just see the NASA Engineer walking around in clothing that would have us ready to raid her closet; however, her family knows better. Solo is most comfortable in her basketball shorts, listening to Hip Hop and serving  others in her community. Solo cares less about leaving an impact based on how she looks and cares more about leaving an impact based on what she has done. This Old Dominion University graduate was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. Solo’s humble beginning started with two…

Bold & Polished Pistil of the Month Rahwa Zerihun By: Maquita Donyel   “Personally, I don’t really care about wealth, I want create a [positive] ripple effect, that’s the biggest goal for me. ‘A good name is far better than a million riches'” “Maquita, I don’t know how I finished college.” Rahwa Zerihun, the woman with a Bachelors degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in International Studies/Political Science, a Master of Internal Relations degree from Webster Graduate school, and now a full-time student working on her second Masters in London, couldn’t fathom how she finished college. “May you tell me more about your journey?” I asked. “Well you knoowww, I finished one degree and just kept going! I was supposed to go to a University for Fashion Design. I ended up changing gears after my dad passed away and decided to do humanitarian work. Social justice became the reason I was…

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