Ethnic Gems

Melissa Wooten


Ethnic Gem: Melissa Wooten

Title: Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts
State: Massachusetts / Connecticut

Edited by Leonard Webb, Publisher

ou talk about a woman to be reckoned with! Introducing Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Ms. Melissa Wooten. In talking with Melissa and reviewing her CV it was very clear to me this is a sister not to sleep on. Equipped with a Ph.D. in Management & Organizations and Dissertation: “The Evolution of the Black Higher Education Field, 1854 – 1996” Melissa is a force to be not only to be acknowledged, but respected!…

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Janice Catherine Castle


Ethnic Gem: Janice Catherine Castle

Title: Director of Community Engagement for the City of Hartford
State: Connecticut

Edited by Leonard Webb, Publisher

orn and raised on the island of Grenada, Janice moved to Hartford, CT with her family in 1993. Upon arrival, she saw the potential that the city had to offer and fell in love. From the cuisine: West Indian, Italian, Mexican, Hispanic; The arts: The Greater Hartford Jazz Fest, The Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Bushnell, Hartford Stage, to name a few; and the people from all races, creeds and walks of life.…

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Frank Dixon

Frank Dixon

Ethnic Gem: Frank Dixon

Title: “World’s Most Interesting Man”

Edited by Leonard Webb, Publisher

ho is Frank Dixon?  Some people call him the “world’s most interesting man” With over 20 years of providing hands-on leadership and operational guidance to businesses and professionals to achieve increased sales, profits and quality results, Frank Dixon is a man on a mission!!. Frank is a proven driven leader who has both domestic and international senior level client relationships with both governments, corporate and Non-Profit sectors.

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Eden Soares


Ethnic Gem: Eden Soares

Company: trigrfx
Title: Graphic Designer
State: Massachusetts

den Soares is a talented artist in his own right, an illustrator, muralist, graphic designer, and a lover of people.

Born in the beautiful city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Eden and his family moved to Portugal before he was one, and later to the United States at age four.…

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Fashionably Balanced

by  Nubia Williams


This winter is going to be frigid and we know how difficult it can be trying to balance fashion and practicality. This article is giving you some tips to stay stylishly warm in January 2016. This season is all about balance – layering, pairing complimentary opposites, mixing textures, and unisex wide-brimmed fedoras.


Ladies! No need to have knees knocking in 20 degree weather, trying to maintain your fabulousness!…

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Kemar Edwards


Ethnic Gem: Kemar Edwards

School: University of Hartford
Major: Biology
GPA: 3.80


By: Tammy Patterson, Contributing Writer


Trips to the beach as a young boy led Kemar Edwards to the career he pursues today.  It was at beaches in his native Manchester, Jamaica and on family trips in the United States that he discovered sea urchins, starfish and other echinoderm.…

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Parnian Emami


Ethnic Gem: Parnian Emami

School: University of Hartford
Major: Film and Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations.
GPA: 3.52


By: Tammy Patterson, Contributing Writer


University of Hartford Junior Parnian Emami is a born planner with a dream and has the determination and zest for life to make it come true. She is a double major in Film and Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations.…

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Tommy Amaker


Ethnic Gem: Tommy Amaker

Company: Harvard University
Title: Head Basketball Coach

TThe name Tommy Amaker has been a house hold name since his days at Duke University 
as four-year starter at point guard for the Blue Devils, leading the team to the 1986 NCAA title game before earning All-America honors and recognition as the nation’s top defensive player in his senior year of 1987.In the eight seasons since taking over as head coach of Harvard’s century-old men’s basketball program, Tommy Amaker has reinvented the Crimson into an Ivy League power with a national presence.…

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Arshenna Hines


Ethnic Gem: Arshenna Hines

Title: Singer, Songwriter And Entertainer
State: Connecticut

By: TC Webb, Senior Contributing Writer

Who is Arshenna (pronounced R-ShEEnAh) Hines? Simply put a limtless, caring, fashion, phenom.
Not yet a household name but on her way. A homegrown Bloomfield, Connecticut lady she knows that thinking in the box only limits one. From her humble beginnings at Prince Tech she studied fashion design where her instructors were wowed that she sewed her ideas as well as patterns freehand, she moved on to hair design to complete her fashionista goal.…

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James F. Jones


Ethnic Gem: James F. Jones

Company: Yale University
Title: Head Basketball Coach
State: Connecticut

Anthony Scott, Sports Editor

Meet Yale University coach James Fitzgerald Jones from Long Island, New York. .
Jones developed an interest in sports as a kid playing in the streets of New York City. He cites his father as his biggest influences, as well as who taught him his work ethic. After playing four years at University of Albany from 1982-1986, Jones started looking into coaching. …

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