[DELUX MAG] Power Couple Empowering the Community

Check out my interview on DELUXMag.com about St. Louis’s Power couple empowering the community and many more!

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It’s one thing to be a couple making business moves together, but it’s another thing to be a couple and giving back to the community. Onnie Bella and LaRonn (The Tycoon) are legit goals, yet they are modest when they hear the compliment. From throwing parties for “young professionals” to living out their passion and goals of giving back to the community.

DELUX was granted the opportunity to interview this busy couple and get to know them better.

DELUXHey you two. Thanks for talking with me and congratulations on your engagement.

Onnie & LaRonn: Thank you so much! We are literally still trying to make time to soak it up. It’s still fresh and new, but we’re super busy and find new projects or community events to start planning almost weekly [laughs].

DELUX: So, let’s get started. How did you all meet?

O&L: So, it’s crazy because I ended up at a party he was throwing, I came with my friends, kicked it, and left. About a month later I get a message from him thanking me for coming out to the event and asking for my feedback on the event. I gave my feedback, which I think was super helpful and constructive [laughs], and from there he asked if I would ever come back, and I think I said something like “If you invite me and I’m free, I’ll come.” I literally meant like free as in have nothing to do, and he thought I meant like didn’t have to pay [laughs], and instantly sent his number like “I can make that happen.” A week later we were texting and the rest is history.

DELUXDo you all have power couple inspirations? Like Beyoncé and Jay-Z of course do music together and Jada & Will own a production company together.

O&L: We don’t have a power couple inspiration. We aren’t all that into idolizing stars or other people at all for that matter. If you focus on what you have without trying to compare it or make it like someone else’s journey, your free to make mistakes, learn from them, and not feel pressured to fit into a box of “how it’s supposed to be.” We’ve made our relationship our own and it just so happens we are a power couple. We do get a lot of “#goals” comments and things of that nature.

Of course, we appreciate it and we’re flattered and that’s a dope hashtag for someone to associate with us, but our hope is honestly that associating us with “#goals” means more than just that. We hope we can remind folks that love still exists, building something concrete still exists, and that it doesn’t have to look like a cookie cutter version of what you see on tv.

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DELUXWhat made you so comfortable with starting a business together? Some couples wait until they’re married sometimes.

O&L: I think the fact we both had done events in some type of capacity made us feel confident about hosting events together. We also have a great balance as business partners. We both bring different things to the table when it comes to our strengths and weaknesses and we complement each other, so it makes for a great team. We didn’t even hesitate over the fact we weren’t married when we thought of going into this together. We both believed in the brand and each other, so we ran with it.

DELUXThat’s so inspiring!! You two make a great team. How did you come up with the name SAUCE for your brand?

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Danii Gold out!!!

 

The Face Behind CS Productions

One of my good friends, Charles Staten Jr., from college had the opportunity to be featured in a DreamWorks Animations article. He’s been “From Trouble to Corporate Deals” as the article titles it; by getting his big break from recording a couples wedding dance a year ago in Dallas, TX, whom which are alumni of my school, Missouri State University. He posted the video and within hours he had over one million views and from there it’s been nothing but success. He has since started his own production company “CS Productions” and has been granted other deals and opportunities. I’m glad to say that I know this funny, talented guy.

Check out the article below to learn more about Charles E Staten Jr.

 

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Credit for the article: DreamWorks Animation.

 

 

 

Me’Nonca Johnson: Independent Public Relations Consultant

The year 2015 was a year of young adults being their own boss, from starting online boutique stores, to creating their own brand of clothing–BUT then there is Me’Nonca Johnson, or “MJ”. She is different from that typical line of entrepreneurship, she is an independent Public Relations Consultant.

 

With MJ’s self-sufficient attitude, she’s managed to have a clientele that is continually growing.  She got her start from simply being around the right people at the right time.

MJ’s inspiration started when she randomly met Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams. She built a relationship with with him and gained his mentorship. She was also able to tag along with his Public Relations Representative Jane Higgins and THAT is when she had an eye opener. Higgins was also rapper Nelly’s P.R agent early on in his career. Higgins taught MJ what she needed to know to help forthcoming artists, like her big brother “Fame” who is an upcoming artist in St. Louis.

MJ was just 14 when she started tagging along with Jane. In a way, that was MJ’s way of interning her way into the business. By the time opportunities were available to her, she had already built relationships with people, to gain access through the doors of the Public Relations world.

MJ’s first legit job was with Nawgan, the Brain Alertness Drink, that was headquartered in St. Louis. Since then, the company has moved to Dana Point, California. After that opportunity, she needed to keep building contacts, so MJ continued interning with different companies. Of course she dealt with her fair share of scams, dealing with people who were saying they were something/someone that they weren’t. The scams were more about opportunity and less about money.

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She goes by the motto “Fool me once” especially dealing with certain people and companies. Once they fooled her once, she wiped her hands clean with them and moved on to the next opportunity until she realized that she can do this business on  her own. Her mindset is: “Once the contract is up, so is that opportunity.” With MJ’s self-determination, it motivates her to keep working on her next move. She likes her freedom and being her own boss because she says “She doesn’t have to be in a box and she can show off her talents without it being controlled.” She makes her on rules, because she is her own boss. Boss ladies don’t get play too often, if at all.

 In five years, MJ sees herself writing or co-writing movies, mentoring those in need,  being part of charitable organizations, and even being part of a lot of light shows, which are big on the east coast. She still keeps in contact with Aeneas Williams and Jane Higgins because she believes that “Where you get your start, Is important.” Those two are always helping her get new connections and they even vouch for her. When a Hall of Famer and his Public Relations Rep speak good things of you, then you KNOW you are doing something right.

She is doing big things at such a young age, 23. It’s good to see young black women being independent and starting their own businesses. If you ever need her business, here is her contact information: MenoncaJ@yahoo.com and be looking out for her in the year 2016.

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