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FELICIA KID KONVERSATIONS//JAZLYNN FRANKLIN CHE' COLLECTION

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I reached out to JazLynn Franklin because I’m really interested in her brand.  I was at a makeup class and I saw her there with her vendor table and when I decided to start this segment I knew she would be perfect for it.

1. I see you dabble in both fashion and beauty which one do you love more? 

I love them both the same.  I believe they both go hand and hand .  Putting them both together is super fun for me. 

2. Is there a particular brand that inspired you to start your own? 

I love seeing the black women in my community  doing amazing things, that’s always inspiring. Watching women coming together is awesome , but what brand inspired me to start my business was Instagram  influencers like, Supa (Crayon Case) makeup brand . I followed her wayyyyy before she was famous. I also, always looked up to my auntie Tootie aka Faye. She has a beauty shop in town. She has definitely been inspiring to me all my life. Also, close family friend  Trena Manning. She moved to ATL years ago and the close contact was lost then, so when I came to her for help I didn’t expect her to be so open. She shared her vendors with me and everything . I respected that so much.  Toccara Smith, who has been doing hair for years  was one of my first  and still is one of my biggest supporters & I am forever grateful to have met her. I been blessed to have amazing friends that keep me going as well. 

3. How difficult is it being a woman with her own brand? 

I wouldn’t say it’s difficult, it just takes ALOT of patience and focus . Within time, things fall into place. I learned, even when  I'm not getting the likes/ shares, people are definitely looking and will eventually reach out. 

4. Do you see more support from South Bend or other surrounding areas? 

I definitely try to support my city. I know how HARD it is to get support in your own city at times, so i def try to support when i can. I attended an event in Elkhart not too long ago and I met some cool people that I  will continue to support. I received alot of love from Indianapolis, so I definitely want to do more there.  

5. What is next for the Che’ Collection?

I definitely see Che’ adding more to the collection. When I first started, I was so nervous and scared . I’m so much of a private person so I didn’t know how people would react to my starting my own business. So I started with just gloss and lashes, but eventually I will add more. I learned a lot in the process. It’s more then just selling a product, I want to build a brand .  I would love to do things with other women in my home town, so that is definitely a goal for Che’ In the future .  


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I’m Done Blogging About Celebrities

 

 

For very obvious reasons I have recently become overly obsessed with Michael Jackson. I mean I’ve always been a fan, but for the past week I’ve been “looking” for something. Something to show me the real Michael. Not the superstar, not the person with all this scandal, not the grown man who had an amusement park in his backyard, but the real him, inside. Michael Jackson was my first love. I fell in love with him when I was 5 years old. I knew the entire “Thriller” routine, I could do those dances with my eyes closed. I was glued to MTV everytime he was on there. Every commercial, every music video, I was infatuated with Michael Jackson. He’s been in my life for 37 years, but I’ve never really sat down and tried to understand him. This post might be kinda long so bare with me... For those who don’t know, I just want to  explain a few things about Michael Jackson. We all know that he was the lead singer of The Jackson 5, and that his father, Joseph, was very abusive. If any one of them would do a dance step wrong they would get beat, thrown against the wall, or told to just “do it like Michael.” He wasn’t allowed to play with other children, or do anything simple like go to the movies. The recording studio was across the street from a park and he used to cry because he wanted to go play, I saw Suzanne de Passe (Motown) say that he literally did not have a childhood. When he was a teenager, his father and brothers would tease him because he had very severe acne, telling him he was ugly, and they would make fun of the size of his nose, calling him “Nose”. That makes me wonder if that’s why he changed his face. He had one nose job, of course, and then I think from all the years of being teased he was just never happy with his appearance and he just went way too far. We all know that he was shy, but he was also very smart. 

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He would spend time alone reading, and thinking about his future, which leads me to believe he manifested his whole career. I want to get to the point because I will go on and on lol so I’m done with blogging about celebrities and this is why. It’s only three months into this year and we have had three major stories on three Black men. R Kelly, Jussie Smollett, and Michael Jackson. Now, I’m not gon front, I was into ALL OF IT. Borderline obsessed because that’s how Virgos are, we want every detail and we not gon rest until we find it.  But I was starting to see certain stuff, we’re on social media arguing with each other, against one another, and it’s too much. I, well all of us, have to be careful of what information we take in. All the hours I’ve spent on social media arguing about rather R Kelly is broke or not I could’ve been working on my website. The time I spent playing Inspector Gadget on Jussie Smollett I could have been playing with my kids. Then when this new shit with Michael Jackson came up Im like that’s it, I’m not doing this. I don’t know if he’s guilty or not, the F.B.I followed this man for 10 years and found no evidence to convict him, but we let two men who said UNDER OATH that Michael Jackson did nothing to either of them, try to tell us a story over 15 years later.  I’m not about to try to process every piece of information that’s all over the news and I’m not about to let another person tell me what I should and should not feel. If the media wants to convict these men then that’s on them put I refuse to take part in it. I’m done. Michael Jackson has been dead for 10 years and regardless of what anyone thinks he is the most talented entertainer that we will ever see in this life. Period. My goal is not to argue with people on Facebook about what someone else did, especially when there is no concrete evidence. So, as of right now, I will no longer talk about celebrities on Facebook. I mean, it used to be a time where I was really the only one doing it, but now too many people do it, they don’t fact check or anything, or they tag me to argue. Nope, yaw can have that. Something is definitely happening to our culture, three men, in three months. I’m not one of those “woke” people but I’m not a damn fool either. ...so pay attention. 

 

 

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