COVER STORIES

THE GIVE BACK: ROLAND WILLIAMS

Roland Williams made it out of Rochester and went all the way to the Super Bowl. He didn’t forget about his hometown. While growing up in the 19th ward, he experienced first-hand the negative residuals of poverty, single-parent homes, trauma and incarceration and saw how these factors destroyed the lives of too many people. As a proud Rochestarian, Roland wanted to make an impact. He himself was a product of the Rochester City School District. So, he came back and started the Champion Academy.Continue reading

COVER STORIES

JENNA SIMONETTI: AN ANGEL AMONG US

PHOTOS BY JAKE LEVIN (CAPTIVATE MEDIA)

Sometimes, you just can’t judge a book by the cover. On the outside, Jenna is beautiful, sweet and looks like she has it all, but her story is much more than that. She is amazing! Her struggle was a real one. She shares her story with Rochester Woman to be an inspiration to others.Continue reading

HER EDGE, REGULARS

Its Prime-Time Baby!

PHOTOS BY STUDIO 147 PHOTOGRAPHY

Colleen Lefave, is a trend-setter! She is bringing an awesome new concept to the Rochester-area- salon scene! Prime Salons and Spa Suites recently opened in the Cornhill area. This is a new cooperative business where salon owners and other entrepreneurs can be a part of a bigger concept.Continue reading

HER EDGE

From The Kinks in Her Curls…

PHOTOS BY ROCK BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY

From the time D. Marie’s daughter J. Marie was three “From the Kinks in Her Curls to the Beat in Her Step” was a conversation the mother and daughter had repetitively. It stemmed from J. Marie questioning her own dark complexion comparing it to other people she admired. D. Marie immediately began to teach her daughter to love herself and accept her appearance as God created her.Continue reading

ON THE WAY UP

The Pursuit of The Crown: AMANDA TORCHIA

What began as a one-time thing, turned into a permanent quest in the life of this amazingly beautiful and talented young lady. Amanda reflects on the day she and her Mom saw an ad in the local paper about entering a beauty pageant, “It looked like it would be fun”. 12 years later, Amanda knows on this day, her life was changed. Pageantry became a way of life.Continue reading

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