Inspiration. Motivation. Positive Vibes.
The mission of New Geechee is to supply Young Melanated Professionals (YMPs) with the motivation, inspiration, and positive vibes necessary to live their best YMP lives!
- Weekly podcast shows and blog posts catered to the young melanated professional;
- A strong social media presence that will also keep you engaged and inspired (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat);
- A YMP of the Week spotlight to highlight YMPs on the grind while providing you the opportunity! Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven't had the chance the meet this magical being, then now is a great time to get acquainted with her! The #YMPoftheWeek is Miss Joseline Nyinawabera (@jnyinawabera)! ✨There is so much to be said about this beautiful soul but here are the cliff notes: A proud Rwandan, her family moved to Wisconsin where she also graduated from The University of Wisconsin! Upon graduating she led a very successful sales career for over 3 years! In 2017 she set new personal career goals and grinded out until she saw the fruits of her labor! Just this past month, she passed her Arizona Real Estate License exams! 🙌🏾🏠So many great things in store including the launch of Home Slanger (@homeslanger) which is committed to teaching home buyers and sellers how to buy and sell their homes. Joseline is also a very key player for the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals. This year Joseline proposed the Urban League's first major fundraiser, the Annual Top Golf-A-Thon which raised over $4,000 under her direction! Joseline's very contagious spirit changes every room she steps into! You can also purchase your favorite Mary Kay products by visiting her online store! Thank you Joseline for your positive vibes and commitment to EXCELLENCE!
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future!”- [Proverbs 31: 25] What a perfect verse to describe the undeniable beauty and unmatched works of the #YMPoftheWeek Crystal Jones- Thompson! She is CEO and Founder of Girl Flight, Inc. which is in its third year of promoting self-empowerment and teaching self-worth to young women in SC! This past weekend, Crystal Thompson lit the low country on fire with her annual Lead-Her-Ship conference for young women ages 7-21! Not only did we celebrate the MAGIC that we all have as women, but we also celebrated Crystal’s launch of her first book “Forever Linked”- the dynamic story of Sam’s realization of the magic she descends from as a young woman of color! This empowering book can be found on Amazon.com! She has dedicated the book to her three beautiful daughters *tear*…. talk about LEGACY, what you are creating Crystal will live on for many years! Thank you for that work that you are doing in the community!
Sometimes we have to push through our NO to get to our YES! 🙌🏾 Today’s #YMPoftheWeek Sophia ‘Dani’ Brown (@sosoDani) did just that as she exuded patience for the perfect career opportunity within app development! #YouGoGirl When she’s not at her 9-5, she is busy, busy, busy creating designs with you in mind as CEO and Lead Designer at @SoDaniDesigns which just celebrated one year in business! 🎉If you are side hustling, we know that consistency is key and Dani is making it happen! Her projects are unique and span from poppin’ line anniversary shirts (she OOO-OOPs) to personalized logos for your brands and businesses! She’s not new to this—Dani is a proud Graphics Design graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and hails from the big city of Walterboro, SC! Make sure to show her love by following her business on IG and Facebook, and email her at email@example.com to get what you need! Keep shining✨ Dani and congrats on your success! ✊🏾[Nomination by @thefearhurdler ]
🗣We're backkkk! And today's #YMPoftheWeek is a D-I-V-A in every sense of the word! A round of applause to Georgina Dukes (@joydukes), she is a PHENOMENAL woman indeed! 👏🏾After graduating from Clemson University in 2013, she went on to pursue her Masters of Health Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina! Through life's challenges, she has used each and every challenge as a stepping stone towards her success. Georgina has accomplished more than the odds have set for her as a young woman from the rural area of Monetta, SC. In her junior year of undergrad, she became a first time mother and has not allowed that to stop her in the pursuit of her dreams! As she continues to ILLUMINATE :) the world, she has shared all her motherhood, career and self care tips on her new dynamic blog JoyofRomeo.com! (Mother or not- GO SUBSCRIBE!) It is full of gems from our upcoming African American Female CEO! The Joy of Romeo features over 20 blog posts highlighting the journey that she is on raising her handsome and intelligent son! This is just the beginning of her mark on the world...Thank you for defining RESILIENCE, Joy! Please help me congratulate this spectacular young woman! .
ongratulations to #YMPoftheWeek Drew Shaw (@drushaw) for all of his contributions to the Phoenix community and beyond! 🙌🏾 He hails from South Carolina and is a graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill! He is a proud member of @ValleyLeadership Class 39 of movers and shakers in the Valley! Drew is also the author of the children’s book Rosewood Circle, the amazing story of David Spencer’s first day of school! 📚Be sure to grab a copy for your little ones on Amazon or your local bookstore. After years as a classroom educator, Drew took the leap to co-found Acumen Learning Innovations, LLC, an education consulting company that offers innovative solutions to common challenges for schools and organizations. This past May Acumen hosted their first EdCamp Unconference, a collaborative roundtable discussion with like-minded educators that are passionate about expanding their knowledge!! Outside of the education scene, you can hear Drew’s amazing voice as one of the head ministry leaders at Faith Christian Center. Thanks for all that you do Drew! So proud of all of your accomplishments!!!
The Golden Child of South Carolina! ✨ Congratulations are in order for the #YMPoftheWeek Hamilton Grant (@hrginspires ) Hamilton is a graduate of South Carolina State University and Alabama A&M University! He is a pillar of light and hope for emerging millennials in politics! He leads as President of the Columbia Urban League Young Professionals and is also recently engaged to the woman of his dreams! #ColemanLove💜❤️ This month, he was recognized as one of Columbia Business Monthly's Best and Brightest 35 and Under. This is just a snapshot of what Hamilton has done as he continues to lead on the front lines for South Carolina! ✊🏾Stay tuned for all the greatness to come from him!
This week's #YMPoftheWeekis definitely Jill of all trades! 🎤🎬🎨 An amazing vocalist, dope artist and vibrant actor all make up the talented Therosia Reynolds (@iamtherosia ) She is sweeping the scene with several features including her most recent display at the Phoenix Art and Chocolate Show this past weekend. Show her some support by downloading her spoken word single "Chocolate" on iTunes, Amazon.com GooglePlay! Her goal is 5,000 copies sold! Let's help this #YMP by supporting her DOPE track! 🔥 Click the link in the bio to grab the iTunes link! Keep shining Therosia girl! Your magic is contagious! .
Today's #YMPoftheWeek is the word DETERMINATION personified! Congratulations are in order for Marvin Pendarvis @attorney_pen.... where do we begin?! He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School and practices law in North Charleston, SC. Last week, he won the Democratic primary election for House District 113! 🙌🏾 He has been steadfast in the pursuit of improving the education systems, housing, infrastructure and ensuring economic equality for our beloved South Carolina! He grew up within this district and to see him at age 28 making such great strides for his community and beyond is so EMPOWERING! His leadership as a #YMP is just what this world needs! Congratulate him and be sure to follow him and check out his campaign page www.marvinpendarvis.com to read more about his efforts! SC be sure to vote Pendarvis on Nov 7! Thanks to @geeknchicfor the nomination!
On this day off, its only right to recognize somebody who is putting in major WORK! ✊🏾 Congrats to Earl Martin (@eazy.ecm) for being nominated by Tierra Gibson (@themellowsmooth) as #YMPoftheWeek! A black man? Working to break negative mental health stigmas? We are here for ALL OF THIS!! 👏🏾 As a recent Master of Social Work graduate of Winthrop University, Earl now works as a Family Center Treatment Therapist where he works to transform family structures with healthy, holistic views of psycho-therapeutic treatment services. He takes his advocacy one step further as the co-host of Hats Off podcast 🎤(@hatsoffpodcast) featuring two clinical social workers who are changing the stigma of mental health in the African American community with lessons wrapped in comedy and truth! Be sure to follow the show on iTunes and SoundCloud! His research interest and relentless pursuits also include African American youth who identify as LGBTQ. He is also a proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity! Thank you Earl for all of your hard work in bringing about change in the world!!! Please congratulate Earl by clicking the ♥️ and following Hats Offs Podcast across all social media!!!
As if #BlackGirlEngineerwasn't enough💁🏾 .... A STEM advocate. A Doctoral Candidate. A DevaSTating Diva. A daughter, sister, aunt. An amazing friend and so much more...Excellence in pure form! Congrats to @geeknchic France Jackson for being nominated as #YMPoftheweek! The world is a better place because of your magic ✨✨! Check out today's latest episode for an ode to her greatness.
You have the ability to do ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO! #blackboyjoy As we transition from college graduation season into high school graduation season, I had to recognize one of my favorite people from high school who obtained their DOCTORATE in Chemistry! From the prestigious Wake Forest University Congratulations to my brother from another mother #YMP Ronald Nelson! I am proud of this accomplishment and I know our guardian angel Grandpa Gilbert is smiling down as well! 😌 Episode 25 has all the love inside! Have someone you want to recognize as #YMPoftheWeek email firstname.lastname@example.org who and why!
FUNNYYYYY STORY! My baby brother calls today and says "I don't wanna start no trouble, but when am I gonna be featured as #YMPoftheWeek?" Wellllllll, I featured him a few weeks ago and never made a post about it! (So we both dropped the ball cause he should be listening to my shows haha)
You guys alreadyyyyyyy know how PROUD I am of both of my siblings. They have made being the oldest hardwork yet so rewarding! I featured my brother Tahiem Eady as #YMPoftheWeek just before his graduation, with all the kudos on Episode 23 of New Geechee! Since that episode he received his degree, passed his boards and earned his RN BSN letters, and NO I didn't make the news and Im almost one more "Tahiem Eady, RN BSN" from knocking him out! bhahahahhahahahah I love that dude! Congrats Tye and welcome to the world of #YMPs!
Episode 21 of New Geechee (In honor of the Clemson spirit 🐅) I recognized the #YMPoftheweek Kendall Session (@kendallsession ) Kendall is a BOSS and made a power move last year to start his own AllState firm with his brother! Made a leap of faith and is allowing God to direct his path! If you need life, auto or home insurance? He is your guy!!! Congrats Kendall , may you continue to light the path of excellence! .
In Episode 20, I took the first few minutes to recognize the #YMPoftheWeek @kdotlew !!! Shoutout to one of my favorite cousins who just launched @heavy_handle_hoops where he is bringing his expertise in the game of 🏀! Be sure to FOLLOW the page and stay tuned for more! So proud of Kevin for leading the way as a Clemson Graduate and always a well mannered respectful person! He is a proud husband and father continuing to lead by example! Congrats Kev- love you!!!
ne time for one of the dopest souls from the "A" Brotha Anthony, the #YMPoftheweek! @brotha_anthony He has some amazing things happening here that deserve some public praise from his works with Good Positive Brothers to his first "Mommy and Me" Paint Date. Thank you for being such a great person Anthony and for being such a standup father!!! Continue to live life to the fullest and share your love with us all! Be sure to listen to Episode 19 to hear more songs of his praises! .
When your friends are only a few weeks from earning their MD! 🙌🏾 Congratulations to Soon-to-Be Dr Snider (@ralph_lauren26 ) for being matched last week with MUSC in Diagnostic Radiology! Plenty of reason to recognize her as #YMPoftheweek! Continue to be a stellar woman of color doing amazing things in the name of medicine!! .
Welcome to the real world of YMPs @king_eady !!! Every YMP story is unique and this happens to be one of my favorites! Instead of idly waiting for opportunity- she CREATED a few! My little sister Ashlee graduated in December 2016 with a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Winthrop University! While awaiting to secure her first full time position in the sports industry she has created a few lanes to keep her moving and shaking! So proud of her endeavor to celebrate transparency and beauty of women through her IG platform @melaninmakeover (follow NOW). She also hosted her first fashion show "Fashion Frenzy" in Charleston, SC which was a huge success. And to top it off.... is now hosting fitness bootcamp sessions twice a week for the Cross community which she calls "Whats a Waist" (this child never had one of those). I am so proud of you and THAT is why I had to recognize you as #YMPoftheweek! We #Eadykids are quite the dreamers and we work hard because we have seen our mother give life everything she has to provide for us. Keep striving and progressing my Ash!
Shoutout to the beautiful ambitious women working hard towards their dreams today! We see you babygirl! 💁🏾 A big congrats to last week's #YMPoftheWeek Lacrystal Robinson (@beyondperfection08 )! Check out Episode 16 for her #podcast shoutout! She is a YMP full of #BlackExcellence in Boston, MA! Marketing professional by day, and now she is the creator of @sayyesworld a blog for millennial women navigating life! It is so transparent, sassy and full of truths! Be sure to subscribe at sayyesworld.com and check out the #blackgirlmagic all through it! Keep shining Lacrystal! Beyond proud of you and all that you are accomplishing!!!
In Episode 13 Our Youth Deserves the Youth with Daphnie Glenn of New Geechee, I give a GREAT big shoutout to a guy who is doing some REALLY BIG THINGS in the education world! In case you were underneath a rock lol, my boy Barry White Jr. (@thatsbwhite) is being recognized INTERNATIONALLY for taking it a step higher in his 5th grade class. The guy with the dope individual handshakes for each of his students? That's HIM! Congrats Barry you are my #YMPoftheweek! I have asked God to keep you safe during all your travels and that he continues to allow greatness to spring from your #RelationshipsareKEY platform! You are the right guy for this assignment! You are also featured at www.newgeechee.com! I love you and am sooo proud of you!
PS He was featured on TODAY'S Steve Harvey Show!!! What an honor!
#YMPoftheweek is Terrance Sims!!! He is doing GREAT things in his 4th grade class to celebrate Black History! Keep up the wonderful work! If you've seen the 3 precious little girls who reenacted the Hidden Figures cast? Those were his students under his direction!!! LIT 🔥! Keep up the fabulous work!!!
Shoutout to last week's YMP of the week @19breezy13 !!!!! She was the only YMP to complete the #NewGeecheeFitnessChallenge all 14 days in a row!!!! You ROCK and I'm so excited for all that will commence in your beautiful life! Make sure to check out Episode 8 to hear more about Bre and why you should upgrade your sanctuary(bedroom)!!!
Heyyyy Sash! You're the first #YMPoftheWeek! As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, I know you are delighted that you are the first! LOL Make sure you listen to Episode 7 for her shoutout! Thank you Sasha for being such an amazing #YMP! The epitome of a go-getter! Sasha is the founder of Speak Life, LLC and is geared up for a great year of success and global impact. She is a dynamic empowerment speaker and author! Make sure you visit www.sashasimmons.com to find out more about Sasha and support her awesomeness! NOMINATE THE NEXT YMP OF THE WEEK by emailing email@example.com
While there are hundreds of professionals in the city, these trailblazers have respectfully earned their keep on this list of young melanated professionals you absolutely want to connect with. Read below to find out more about how their contributions are shaping the culture in Phoenix!
The list is never ending, but I am here to tell you that WE CAN DO THIS! WE CAN ADULT!
And although sometimes I can’t put my vision of “success” in the perfect words, I know that I SEE SUCCESS! As we go into the New Year it is important to have an idea of what we would like to see manifested in our lives. So I found it to be a great last minute idea to attempt a vision board alone on December 29th. Putting my vision board together versus recording a podcast episode or writing a list of resolutions was perhaps the perfect way to capture what I envision 2018 to look like!