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YOLANDA SMILEZ THROUGH IT ALL

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER “GOODKNEWS” CARDWELL

Rochester Woman Online introduced you to new writer, Yolanda Smilez in January with the Launch of “Something for the Sistas”. Yolanda hopes through reading her column, you too, can find your smile as she has after facing so many trials and tribulations in life. Yolanda is a local comedian, the co-founder of Ms. Kurvie Pageant system, CEO of the Roc Awards, CEO of Smilez Entertainment and an up-and-coming author.Continue reading

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THE PERFECT VENUE: VENTOSA VINEYARDS ON SENECA LAKE

“Our mission is excellence,” says Lenny Cecere, proprietor of Ventosa Vineyards— and he means it. Lenny has put the winery on the map, one happy wine-drinker at a time. “Ventosa” translates to windy in Italian, a perfect name for the setting with its breezes off of Seneca Lake which moderates the temperature of the vineyard. Mediterranean roots of the winery date back to Lenny’s grandfather who came to Geneva, New York, from Italy. Beer, wine and spirits were hard to come by when Prohibition and the Great Depression brought about hard times.Continue reading

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IMPRESSIVE, INTELLIGENT, SUCCESSFUL…JESSICA LEWIS

PHOTOS BY JOE MARINO

Rochester Woman Online is proud to welcome new writer Jessica Lewis not only to our team, but also to our cover this month.

Impressive, intelligent, successful these are just a few words that come to mind when describing Jessica Lewis. Her public relations firm, LaLew Public Relations is one of the fastest growing public relations firms in Rochester. Continue reading

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BECAUSE SHE SAYS SO…DR DEANNA KIMBREL

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER CARDWELL

Our beautiful cover feature this month in Something 4 the Sistas, Dr. Deanna Kimbrel is MUCH more than just a pretty face… She is the heart, soul, and brains behind the local boutique we have come to know and love – She Says So. This lovely boutique specializes in high quality attire and accessories for women of all shapes and sizes.Continue reading

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QUEEN OF ARTS: KATIE BROWN

PHOTOS BY MARISA NICODEMUS

Meet Kathryn Brown, cohost of Classically Black Podcast. “Most people call me Katie. I have found that Kathryn is too formal.” Classically Black Podcast is a podcast where classical music is discussed from the Black perspective. “People often view classical music as an elitist art form in which you have to be trained in order to enjoy. Continue reading

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DR. PERDITA MEEKS…MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER. PASTOR. FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR.

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER CARDWELL

Rochester Woman Online recently was presented with the pleasure of meeting Dr. Perdita Meeks when we modeled for our client Emma for Intrigue Jewelry in Dr. Meeks’ annual fashion show. All we can say to sum it up is Dr. Perdita Meeks is a phenomenal woman and we felt compelled to share her story with our readers. Continue reading

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WORTH MORE NATION CLOSET

PHOTOS BY SANDY ARENA

Following is an account of early experiences I had with my daughter who my husband and I were named guardians of – along with her twin brother – in 2016. She was 14 years old at the time of this story, in the 8th grade. Now at age 17, she is a senior in high school in our town living as a full time member of our home and family, and thriving as a productive and cherished member of our school district and community. Continue reading

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IS YOUR HOO-HA HAPPY?

PHOTOS BY DEVIN MACK

Local female entrepreneur, Mary Elizabeth Nesser is the brains behind the latest example of social media marketing Gone Wild!!!

You may have caught her video that has gone viral all over social media promoting her salon Wax It All. It currently has over 6 million views showcasing her claim to fame of doing the 10 minute Brazilian at the “Home of the Happy Hoo-Ha”.Continue reading

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