Come on in and join our podcast, It Is Our Time as we talk about life, business, beauty, and wellness. Host Belinda Baker creates a place where former and present BKB Consultants who were personally trained by her can share their inspiring stories of challenges and triumphs as entrepreneurs in the beauty world.
We will also have special guest appearances from film industry producers, artistic song writers and performers, fashion designers and a wide range of creatives. Our conversations will expose that we all share common issues, relationship challenges and business concerns and that by discussing them on the podcast it will allow us to dissect and find relatable solutions, inspiring view points and an avenue to “ Let Go to Thrive.”
Our season 3 “Letting go to Thrive” theme is needed in these uncertain times. Far to often we hold on to the familiar for fear of the unknown. Now is the time for us to be real and access our wellness financially, physically, mentally and spiritually! To make wise choices and focus our energy on living positively and proactively creating the possibility for extraordinary lifestyles.
Meet Your Host Belinda Baker
The mantra of Belinda as a beautypreneur with over 34 years as a stylist, CEO, author, business coach, mom, and friend is to combine her master cosmetologist/ educators license with her life’s experiences in and around beauty to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses with effective processes and purpose. As owner of Salon BKB, BKB Event Center and Salon BKB Hair Loss & Wellness Center all located in Decatur GA. Belinda thrives in her passion for beauty and counts it a great joy to view her profession as an extension of her ministry. Being mandated by God to serve His people, Belinda serves with a cheerful heart, a committed spirit and always growing in His knowledge to serve in the spirit of excellence.
About the Series:
The Collective "Voices of Up2Me Radio have come together in one voice to instill "HOPE" The 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic has touched every human in the world and brought all external (outside of your home) activities to a sudden STOP! A hard and sudden STOP! The destructive impact of the pandemic has resulted in millions afflicted with the virus and fighting for their life, mass deaths, mass unemployment, business shut downs, racial unrest and a major economic downturn. Fear and uncertainty is among the masses. Faith is being tested and many are seeking understanding for the worldly unknowns for basic survival. We are in earthly uncharted waters but not for believers who know the full story. Hope has to be restored in a way like never before in our lifetime.
Topic: Recognizing Your Voice - Now You Are Retired What's Next?
In this episode Host Belinda welcomes Special Guest Margaret Garvin PhD to the conversation. Tune in to hear how Dr. Garvin has transitioned into retirement and how she wants to continue her journey in service. Host Belinda welcomes you to her new segment titled " A Sip of Tea with Ms. B" as she educates you on the best hair care methods to maintain healthy hair and styles. Grab Your Tea and tune in!
Topic: Recognizing Your Voice as a Overcomer, Leader and Influencer
Tune in as Host Belinda welcomes Special Guest E. Hosea Hicks to the Conversation. Listen in as they share tips of the trade, and Hosea's journey to become what Belinda refers to him as "The Silk Out King" of the hair industry. Hear from the pros as Host Belinda welcomes you to her new segment titled " A Sip of Tea with Ms. B" as she educates you on the best hair care methods to maintain healthy hair and styles. Grab Your Tea and tune in! Visit Hosea Hicks at www.Myurls.com/ehosea4pro
Topic: Welcome to New Episodes - Hear More About What's In Store Just For You!
In this 8 minute promo Host Belinda Baker talks to you about what's in store for new episodes of the It Is Our Time Podcast! If you are new to the show tune in to learn more about the conversations coming soon and if you are a returning listener Welcome Back, we have some great topics in store for you!
Summer Fun & Sun" - Great ideas of what to do with our children with Special Guest Jessica Baker
Join Belinda and Jessica as they talk about summer fun with purpose for the kids.
How do you balance giving the kids some room to develop their critical thinking skills, choosing activities for themselves, keeping them active enough but not going broke?
Happy July 4th!
" All Curls Matter" with Pro Panel Special Guest J. Rashawn Colter
In this episode and conversation our professional celebrity stylist will share his journey, wisdom and knowledge of curly textured hair with us.
Who is J. Rashawn Colter, you ask? Well, I am a father of three. Husband, celebrity stylist, and man of God. I am grateful for the gift of mastering hair that’s why I am using my platform to uplift, empower, and educate everything HAIR!
Hair is more than just strands or curls. It is POWER! Healthy hair changes mood, boost self-esteem and commands attention.be educated on gender, length or curl pattern.
All hair matters and all hair have curls. It’s no such thing as ethnic stylist or European stylist. Every stylist should
Be Bold! Be Smart! Be Curl-licious!
Currently, J. Rashawn Colter is the owner of master’s Hair Studio in Orangeburg, South Carolina, co-owner of master’s Hair Kare Academy, an educator for Design Essentials, and the Student Salon Manager at Kenneth Shuler Schools, Inc. His specialties include natural hair care, custom sculpting, coloring and commercial integration. His sophisticated, yet fun style continues to impress and has created opportunities for him to style professionals as well as local and national celebrities including singer and reality television personality Trina Braxton and comedian and actor Chris Rock’s mother Rose Rock. J. Rashawn Colter won the SHB International Hair Competition in both 2011 & 2012, and his work is regularly featured in Mahogany Magazine. He was also a 2013 Epic Hair Battle participant. J. Rashawn believes that hair is not just what he does, but who he is. And considering that, he wouldn’t rather be doing anything else.
"The Power of Music; Aromatherapy for the soul" with Special Guest Kezia McNeal Curry
In this episode Belinda and Kezia will talk about "The Power of Music". The moral, emotional and cultural impact of music. I think we can all agree that music has the power to make us feel a certain way. It sets the mood and creates an atmosphere. Studies show that we are behaviorally influenced by the way we feel and because music is so powerful it influences how we feel. Kezia will share her story and journey in understanding how music and fragrances have influenced her life. Kezia's song "None of These Things" closes out the show to seal the message and bless you, so listen to hear this awesome song played at the end.
Meet Kezia: Originally from “HOT”lanta, Kezia fittingly reflects the warmth of Southern hospitality and radiates the fiery passion that God has for people. Named after one of Job’s daughters in the Old Testament, which means “sweet smelling spice”, she knows the inherent power of music to aid in life’s journey, and has experienced personally that luxurious fragrance only comes after intense crushing and heat. Kezia and her husband, Randy, a U.S. Army Chaplain, have been blessed to live in many exciting places, including Hawaii, in service for their country and their Lord. With a Ph.D in education, her formal occupation is a university professor, and she loves to teach. Her passions, skills, and experiences often allow her to combine her enjoyment of faith, education, music, health and travel. www.keziamusic.com
"Passion to Profits with Special Guest & Pro Beauty Expert and Eva Jane, Celebrity Makeup Artist.
In this episode Eva Jane shares her creation the MakeUp Bullet and lessons learned on how to trademark a product.
Meet Eva Jane: Eva Jane Beauty, LLC and The Makeup Bullet Eva Jane Bunkley is a Two-Time Emmy Award winning celebrity makeup artist based in Atlanta, GA who has been making the stars of TV, film and the music industry beautiful since 1993. The Makeup Bullet™ came about because Eva Jane desired to create a makeup sponge that would allow more control and speed in the application of makeup by fitting snugly on a finger; preventing drops and increasing efficiency with its hands-free design! Eva Jane was happy to be able to introduce her innovative sponge to the market and offer beauty lovers worldwide a "uniquely natural" alternative to apply their makeup. It's the perfect marriage of the control and precision of using your fingers with an application and blending tool that creates a flawless HD quality finish!... A makeup lover wish come true! You must experience The Makeup Bullet™!
Dream it, Plan it, Do it - The Entrepreneur Journey with Special Guest Lynda B. Goodwyn, Entrepreneur, Multiple Business Owner
Tune in as Belinda and Lynda talk about the journey of entreprenuers to include the dream, the plan and going into action!
Meet Lynda: Lynda is a Relationship Marketing Professional for an International, billion-dollar, anti-aging skincare and wellness care company. She is also the co-owner and COO of Atlanta Life Media Agency, a Georgia premier production support agency specializing in behind-the-camera production support. A former corporate business leader, Lynda has over 28 years of communications, relationship management, strategic planning and contract negotiations experience in the healthcare industry. As a recent early-retiree, Lynda now spends her time focused on growing her two businesses and expanding her personal brand as an entrepreneur business woman.As a summer project, Lynda was a radio show co-host for “Good Morning Caribbean,” a production of Kalalloo Radio where she developed her passion for media and the entertainment industry.
Lynda has a deep passion for God, people, food and shoes – in that order. She loves making personal and business connections and, helping others step out of the box to live full, abundant lives. She is an active member with the National Association for Female Executives; the Alliance for Women in Media, and, Georgia Production Partnership (GPP).
She is a canine parent of two shepherd-mix dogs, Finn and Yuma, who love to travel just as much as Lynda does. Because of her love of dogs, Lynda is also in the process of establishing a neighborhood puppy training project.
"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.
"Women, Guns and Safety" with Special Guest Anthony Thomas, Law Enforcement Officer
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
Pro Beauty Panel #1 Conversation "Common Hair Care Concerns and Remedies with Pro Beauty Expert Panel Special Guests Nicola Forbes, Ky Smith and Charla Sloane
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 - "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.
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)
Premiere - "Living in a state of Gratitude" with Special Guests Patricia Bryant, Deborah Crowder and Denia Durden. Podcast is Now Available!
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
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.