It is Our Time Podcast
New Episode Airing Now in Podcast in Demand with Special Pro-Beauty Panel Guests Jennifer McBride and Dondi Martin
Topic: "The Pros and Cons of Weaves, Wigs & Extensions
Topic: "The Pros and Cons of Weaves, Wigs & Extensions
Welcome to It is Our Time Podcast with Host Belinda Baker!
About the Show:
Salon BKB presents Virtual Salon Conversations of Everyday Living: Overcoming life’s obstacles and finding your purpose.
“It’s our Time” Podcast celebrates the season of opportunity for women becoming empowered to be major influencers and decision makers as they balance careers, businesses, family and their spiritual life.
The Power of Salon Conversations
Going to a hair salon is a common experience women share. As a part of the salon “experience” client’s share personal stories with their stylist and joining in on salon conversations on everyday topics ranging from family announcements, to the latest restaurant and life transitions.
A hair salon provides an environment for a variety of cultural conversations with most-in-the-know women at the top of a wide range of fields. Women share, they share issues that they care about and opportunities exist to build a strong support system that empowers leadership and self -awareness towards personal purpose.The “Power of the Conversation” stimulates additional opportunities for women to connect, talk and become an inspiration and provide motivation into action, making these conversations powerful as potential influencers in careers, businesses, politics and general consumerism.
More about the newest episode with Special Pro-Beauty Guest Panel #2 Guests Jennifer McBride and Dondi Martin
Episode Title and Description
Episode Title: "The Pros and Cons of Weaves, Wigs and Extensions"
Pro-Beauty Panel #2 Guests: Jennifer McBride and Dondi Martin
In this episode we are taking a popular topic from the salon to this podcast!
Great information is shared from Industry Professionals!
Meet Jennifer: For JenniB, hair is an art form. it’s how she expresses herself and how she helps her Dollz express themselves. As the daughter of two of Atlanta’s prestigious stylist, she grew up in the salon and acquired a passion for the industry at a young age. Because she has always had an artistic eye —writing, drawing, and painting — JenniB fell in love with the art of the beauty industry. As the creative director of the Dollhouze, JenniB now uses her creative visionary talents to bring beauty to life.
Meet Dondi: Dondi Martin is a native of Atlanta, GA. He founded Hairborn Express, Inc. hair distribution company in 2003, importing high quality hair extensions from India, distributing hair to professional salons across the country, and internationally. Dondi travels the country training cosmetologist how to distribute hair.
Podcast on Demand
with Special Guest Anthony Thomas, Law Enforcement Officer
Episode Title and Description
Episode Title: "Women, Guns and Safety"
A Conversation from the salon to the podcast - join Host Belinda and Special Guest Police Officer Anthony Thomas as they discuss women, firearms and safety. To get a gun or not and what you need to know and think about before deciding to legally purchase a firearm for you and your family's safety With the rise of single women households deciding whether or not to get a firearm is a real and relevant conversation. Tune in to get the facts and what training is involved.
Meet Officer Anthony Thomas: Anthony is a father of 1 son, the brother to 2 sisters and a son as he says to his wonderful mom that he respects for doing such a great job raising him and his sisters as a single mom. He serves as an officer of the law in the state of Georgia for over 12 years. He loves serving and protecting his community in ways like, mentoring young men and interacting with the community, helping with educational symposiums and taking upholding the law seriously
with Pro Beauty Expert Panel Guests Nicola Forbes, Ky Smith and Charla Sloane
Char la Sloane
Episode Title and Description
Episode Title: Pro Beauty Panel #1 Conversation "Common Hair Care Concerns and Remedies. Tune in as this phenomenal panel of experts in the hair care and beauty industry share critical information for every woman by responding to common hair care questions and concerns.
Meet the Panel:
Nicola Forbes of Nicolaforbesbeauty.com is committed to bridging the gap between cosmetology and dermatology. As a licensed professional for over 22 years, a master educator for Design Essentials for 16 years, her expertise in comprehensive hair care and her heart for those suffering from hair loss is what prompted her to become a WTS Certified Trichologist and Custom Wig Designer. Nicola is passionate about caring for her client’s. Her intent is that an “epiphany” is experienced during the salon visit in an atmosphere of respite from a busy day.
Smith, who fell in love with styling hair at age 10, has over 25 years’
experience as a Healthy Hair Virtuoso and Hair Loss Expert. She is a Certified
Trichologist and owner of Follicles 360 Salon and Wellness Spa, LLC. She is
among the leading top hair care professionals in the industry. With a passion for helping women achieve
healthy hair from the inside, out; Ky’s mantra and health philosophy is
"Beauty Begins from Within”.
Charla Saloane has a true passion for The Beauty Industry and is an advocate for professionalism within the industry. Charla believes in order to stay relevant you must stay current, innovative and motivated to learn. It is Charla's goal to employ and motivate Cosmetologist to reach and stay at the top of their game by utilizing knowledge, focus, and consistency which is what she used to achieve the many goals set before her.
New Year's Day Special with Kathleen Bertrand
Episode Title and Description
Episode Title: "It's Time To Love" Up close and personal with Kathleen Bertrand
Join Host Belinda for this Special 2018 New Year's Day Special with the incomparable Song Stylist Kathleen Bertrand. Tune in as Kathleen shares her journey and story that led her to her singing career and learn more about her new CD being released on New Year's Day called "It's Time to Love". Two selections from the CD will be played. To purchase the CD visit
Multifaceted recording artist and writer Kathleen Bertrand is a native Atlantan and Spelman College graduate, whose performances have ranged from two Olympic Games to performances before two presidents, as well as appearances at jazz festivals world-wide. Bertrand toured and recorded as vocalist with jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers.
This three-octave vocal artist has been an invited performer at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on three occasions and has made multiple appearances at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, including that of headliner in 2012, as part of the Nina Simone Tribute Ensemble in 2015, and most recently as 2017 producer of “Celebrating Sarah, Honoring the Music of SarahVaughan” featuring Bertrand and 6 other vocalists. She has opened for many of America’s finest jazz artists, including Ray Charles, Will Downing, Rachelle Ferrell, Najee, Roy Ayers, and Kenny G. Her fan base includes radio and internet listeners across the USA as well as in England, Japan, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, and Brazil among others.
As a songwriter, she penned the national theme song for the 100 Black Men of America – “What They See is What They’ll Be” – as well as several songs on her CDs All of Me, No Regrets, Reasons for the Season, New Standards, and Katharsis,which was released in June 2011 and is still receiving nationwide and world-wide airplay, including 14 weeks on the UK Soul Chart top 30, 6 weeks in the UK Soul Charts Top 10, and 2 weeks at #1. In November, 2017, her most recent CD, It’s Time to Love, was released, and is already receiving international airplay.
Bertrand has received numerous honors for her jazzy vocal stylings and arts contributions including the Kuumba Award given by East Point/College Park, GA Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, the inaugural Impact Award from Black Women In Jazz, recognition by the United Negro College Fund as one of “Atlanta’s Legends,” the “Contribution to the Arts” Award by the Pi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the 2016 Georgia Highlight Award given by the Georgia Entertainment Gala, the Civic Award for the Arts presented by the Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated, and recognition by Spelman College with its distinguished “Alumnae Achievement Award for the Arts & Entertainment.” In 2015, she was voted Jazz Vocalist of the Year by Black Women in Jazz.
Bertrand recently co-produced “Sisters in Song: Saluting Jazz’s Greatest Divas.” The March 19, 2017 standing room only performance featured Atlanta’s top jazz vocalists – all on one stage – in a salute to Women’s History Month. She is producer of “Celebrating Sarah – Honoring the Music of Sarah Vaughan” for the 2017 Atlanta Jazz Festival’s Legends Stage in May.She also serves as executive producer and founder of BronzeLens Film Festival, which was recently designated as an Academy Award qualifying film festival – one of only 2 such designations in the state of Georgia.
with Special Guests Eunice Carter, ETosha Thurman, Dr. Yanci Baker & Kamila Brown Washington
Dr. Yanci Baker
Kamila Brown Washington
She is a very active member in her church where she’s been a Sunday school teacher, Sunday School Teacher of the year and is currently the President of the Greeters ministry. At home, Eunice is a doting wife to her husband Eugene and loves to speak wisdom into her children, grandchildren and young adult family members and friends.
Etosha Thurman is Head of Cloud
Customer Engagement Strategy at SAP, a multinational Enterprise Application
software company, focused on creating standardized, global operating processes
that support SAP’s cloud customers after the sale. She has been with SAP
since 2010, spending more than six years in the SAP Ariba line of business in
various customer-facing roles. Prior to her current role, she led the
largest customer engagement team within SAP Ariba, influencing SAP’s
relationship with over 100 customers located in the US South as well those in
the Retail industry throughout the US. She has consistently focused on
internal and customer change management to adopt and excel in cloud
software. Etosha has been involved in SaaS companies since 2002 and
has passion in leveraging the cloud to deliver exceptional business results. A
member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Etosha
works to support the missions of both organizations. She has an
Undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University in Actuarial Science and a
MBA in International Business from the University of Cincinnati. Etosha
lives in Decatur, GA and is an ardent traveler and avid reader. She has been
married to her husband, Alfonzo, for 18 years and is the proud mother to
Trinity (11) and Trip (9).
Dr. Yanci M. Baker is a proud wife, mother, and professional. Originally from Jackson, MS, Yanci graduated from Dillard University (New Orleans, LA) in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Subsequently, she matriculated to Emory University for graduate school, finishing with a Master of Science in Clinical Research and PhD in Pharmacology in 2010. Yanci is currently a Medical Science Liaison in Women’s Healthcare at Bayer US, where she provides clinical/scientific support to healthcare professionals in GA, FL, and SC. In her spare time, Yanci enjoys volunteering (she is an 18-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) and most importantly, spending time with her husband Ben, their 14-month old daughter Olivia, and her family and close friends.
Kamila Brown Washington is a Marketing and Public Relations Executive turned Entrepreneur. After 23 years working in the corporate sector, it was time to combine her passion for fashion, career development, and coaching with her knowledge of branding. As a degreed Wardrobe and Fashion Stylist, Kamila works with men and women inspiring and motivating them to see the value of enhancing their professional image and personal brand as a means of attracting the success and lifestyle they deserve. She helps her clients identify their strengths and unique style, and then, coaches them to make positive career changes. Honest communication, an authentic connection with her clients, and strategic planning are key components to her process. Kamila founded KPD (Kamileon Professional Development) in 2008 after spending a significant amount of time teaching Job Readiness courses to disadvantaged women from the Department of Family and Children Services’ TANF Program. She has a Master’s degree in International Marketing and is certified in professional development from Harvard University. Kamila serves as an Adjunct Professor at Atlanta Technical College. Welcome Kamila. (Kamila says hello)
More about the Premiere Episode with Special Guests Patricia Bryant, Deborah Crowder and Denia Durden. Podcast is Now Available!
Episode Title and Description
Episode Title: Premiere - "Living in a state of Gratitude"
Gratitude: what is it – What does it mean to live in a state of Gratitude - Max Lucado said,
" A grateful heart sees each day as a gift." Thankful people focus less on what they lack and more on the privileges they have. Today’s episode of “Its Our Time” focuses on Living in a state of Gratitude. What it means. What it looks like and how it feels. So virtual salon listeners tune in and give some thought to What’s your state of gratitude?
Meet Special Guest Patricia Bryant
Patricia Bryant believes that all God's children were endowed with unique gifts and talents from birth. Her mission is to aid groups and individuals in the process of executing the events and steps toward divine purpose as God has designed through the teachings in God's Word (The Bible). Educated at Northwestern and DePaul, DeKalb and Georgia Tech, Patricia has served 20+ years in the Information Technology field. Blessed to travel to 33 international cities and facilitate IT trainings, she understands that God transformed her skills and experiences to the anointing gift of teaching God's percepts for spiritual growth - thus birthed Spiritual Gleanings, LLC. Spiritual Gleanings is a faith based ministry grounded in Christian principles focused on helping women to embrace and celebrate their stories as they grow from chapter-to-chapter of their life's journey.
To walk them through how to navigate through heart matters regardless of where they are in their vocation, age, ethnic background and relationships.
Everyone has a story to tell and each story has chapters of one's life's journey. The Next Chapter Living media series encompass a panel discussion of women of various ages sharing experiences, knowledge, and wisdom on how to preserve a good life at each stage of the journey. Contact information ; www.spiritualgleanings.com, sign up for emails and daily devotionals
Meet Deborah Crowder:
As a healthcare professional her overall mission is to educate, advise and ensure a healthier working knowledge and understanding on insurance procedures, claims processing, provider selections, healthcare reforms and changes. With her wealth of knowledge, she provides healthcare information to providers, plan members and medical offices to promote better billing treatment, patient / provider compliance. For the laymen, Deborah often shares general informative tips on “How To” from prescription comparisons, search for and rate a doctor; homeopathy/ natural remedies, patient Q & A, etc., to enhance a better doctor to patient relationship and healthcare awareness. Deborah serves as a contributor to Spiritualgleanings.com Contact info: email@example.com @deborahcrowder for twitter
Meet Denia Durden:
Denia is a senior stylist/trainer and administrator at Salon BKB. In less than four years at the salon, Denia has assumed increasing responsibility to help the salon achieve and maintain high professional standards. As an administrator and trainer, Denia leads the recruiting and training of new salon staff to embody the Salon BKB difference. Her strong work ethic and superb organizational skills are an asset to the successful management of the salon.
Denia has a passion for protective styles such as crochet braids. She enjoys educating clients about these styles and creating exciting looks that give their hair a break from the heat and excessive manipulation of regular hair styling. Her crochet braid artistry in not only sought after by clients, but Denia has been invited to train other stylists across the country.
Denia’s depth of understanding of hair maintenance and styling is also in demand throughout the beauty industry. She plays a key role in photo shoots, commercials and wedding glam squads. Contact info ; nias_styles IG, FB
Meet Host Belinda Baker
Belinda K. Baker believes that a woman's beauty lives in her individuality, and she strives to enhance your overall beauty and confidence. As owner and CEO of Salon BKB hair and beauty studio, she has trademarked personalized consultations to help you explore your hair journey – past, present and desired future – to form a “Hair Blueprint.” The customized “Hair Blueprint” allows stylists and clients to work together to establish short and long term goals for your individual hair and beauty needs. Belinda is driven to empower, motivate, and inspire industry professionals to provide excellence in customer service and product development. In more than two decades as a celebrity stylist and global consulting educator, she has trained more than 10,000 stylists, consumers and salon owners in multicultural hair techniques. As a highly respected and passionate educator, Belinda remains in high demand for her simple yet innovative teaching style. She travels globally teaching technique and artistry at world-renowned hair shows such as the International Beauty Show (IBS), Premier International Hair Show, and AFRO World International Hair Show. Belinda serves as a style expert for “Movie and a Makeover” on TBS, and Salon Sense Magazine recognized Belinda as a “Women Power Broker [in Beauty]” and “Beauty Professional of the Month. Belinda was hand-selected to operate the official Olympic Salon during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, managing a staff of more than 150 stylists servicing more than 6,000 Olympians, officials and dignitaries from 197 countries. With over 55 accumulative years of experience Salon BKB Glam Team are committed to meet and exceed your expectations in a relaxed and professional environment each and every time you visit Salon BKB Decatur or Salon BKB- Alpharetta.