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There is a missing presence of the black author in America. The stigma says that authors of color can’t create the content needed to make any of the bestsellers list. Despite having the body of work, many authors of color are usually overlooked by authors from big publishing companies with the budget to promote their book. Here at Melanoid Exchange we fully support the quality of information a book has despite its level of funding. We have taken a step in changing the persona and creating a bestsellers list for authors of color.

In our fourth volume of the Melanoid Exchange Bestseller list we want to highlight a piece of work titled Project to Profit by Will Cyrus.

Project to Profit by Will Cyrus is a book that any kid growing up in the inner city should read.He shows a clear picture of how there is still hope despite what odds may be stacked against you. Cyrus goes into detail on events that took place through his childhood up until he reached his current position today. Project to Profit is much more than your average rags to riches story with the authors stress on giving God all the glory. After reading this book readers will be encouraged to be great. Stereotypes are dismantled, boundaries are overstepped, heartache is present, faith is tested and restored, courage is found and hope is never lost.

Instead of using his childhood as an excuse, Cyrus gives his background credit for much of his entrepreneurial mindset. Project to Profit gives a real blueprint for anyone looking to escape their current circumstance, survive, and strive by the grace of God.

We encourage you to pick up this interesting read for yourself, family member , or friend who might have lost hope during the trials of life’s circumstances. Project to Profit can be purchased through Melanoid Exchange.

by Jennifer Jean-Pierre

@jenjeanpierre on instagram

Let’s be real. Even if I had the money, I probably would not buy much designer or luxury. Not because I don’t like it (been wanting this bag for 14 years now) but because my brain and my upbringing have me funny about money, I still do not own it. My husband always tells me to treat myself and that I deserve it, and I do but my guilt would be too much. I could not possibly be renting an apartment I don’t love and not owning a car but owning purses or shoes that cost upwards of 4-5 figures. I really wish I could but every single time I think about getting my beloved Balenciaga, I think– that is the cost of a transmission or new engine if something were to happen to our one car lol.

You know the craziest thing– I could have saved 150 bucks a year for the last 12 years and could easily own it. But it isn’t really about the money. It is me and always wanting to “save for a rainy day”. UGH!

It is also the fact that I just really do not know how to treat myself. I want everyone around me to get what they want and have a smile on their face for it but I feel like it is a waste for me. Probably because material goods don’t really make me that happy. I need more in life. But that Balenciaga sure is pretty!

Yes, I realize that some of these goods can be investment pieces but right now, I would rather invest in my 401K or a 529 for future kids. Yes, I am kinda lame. But trust and believe I lust over my fellow bloggers’ monthly luxury purchases. I just am not built that way……. yet.

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But this post is not about my weird brain and it’s ridiculously annoying frugal ways. This post is about how my partnership with Rent the Runway Unlimited allows me fashion freedom AND the ability to wear luxury and designer goods without the guilt of buying it. In all honesty though– it gets hard to return the goods after I have worn and shot in them though.

For those unfamiliar, Rent the Runway Unlimited is a monthly clothing and accessories subscription service that allows you to borrow 4 items at a time and swap them out as many times you want during that month. For bloggers like me, this is an absolutely amazing solution to the “I don’t have clothes to shoot in” dilemma that often plagues us. I rent, wear, shoot, return and do it all over again and never have to worry about not having enough content. It works for me. It will probably work for you as well.

For non bloggers, this subscription is great if you just do not have time to shop around for clothes or have numerous functions you attend on a daily basis. For instance, this yellow dress is from RTR Unlimited. It retails for almost $500 and I get to rock it for the price of one amazing DC dinner and 3 drinks out. For those who may really fall in love with something, you can purchase some items at a discount.

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I’ve been posting about RTR on my Instagram alot and a few have taken advantage of this service. Now I am bringing it to my blog because I really think it is cool and someone would find it beneficial. By using my code: JJPIERRE50, you are able to receive 50% off of your first month of the service. Yup- HALF OFF!

It is the easiest way to be summer ready without spending a fortune and cluttering your closet!

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black fashion blogger wearing a yellow polka dot dress and faux goddess locs in hair brown sandals summer look in washington dc style-30

When considering a night out on the town with your girls, what do you think the most appropriate outfit is?

This is a good question for most. When it’s time for me to go have fun with my girls, I automatically know a BAD photo is going to come with it. I put on the outfit that I know is going to give the camera life. The only thing about me is I’ll find out I’m going out about 5 hours before I actually do, but from the way I put the fit together, you would’ve thought I had several days to prepare.

When you go out with your girls/ guys do you wear heels or flats?

As me and my girls say, “if you ain’t heeling, you ain’t trying and flats can’t sit with us! ”

We show up to give the show MORE LIFE. If you’re going out with us, you have to be on your P’s & Q’s. We like taking pictures and when we leave, a statement will be made.

When getting dressed for the night, you should always dress according to the scenery while making sure you stand out. They say the most silent ones in the room are the most dangerous and the loudest ones are the weakest. You’ll want to be the most quiet in the room. Walk in and turn all heads. Let the room know you did not come to play, but you came to SLAY.

Mind frame should always remain on “baddie baddie, yea that’s me”- HahaDavis LOL

But seriously, the next time you and your girls / guys go out and you know it’s time to make a statement, ask your self this question: “Will the camera give me life or will I give the camera life?”

Never wear that average outfit that blends in. Be the outfit that stands out, the one that people remember, the one that give the people hell. The one that screams and gains peoples attention, but is still so quiet that it’s style moves in silence.

If you are a guy reading this, the same rules apply. If you are going to step out you have to be the show. Women love a guy who can dress. That’s what gets our attention. If you are out and you aren’t looking your best, you will get looked over. #dontbethatguy. Also, women look at shoes. It’s really one of the first things we’ll look at when looking at your outfit. Always make sure that your shoes are clean!!! No matter what kind of shoes you have on, make sure they are clean. You can’t think you’re about to go out and have fun with the fellas with scuff marks on your shoes.

Ladies and Gentlemen, always remember appearance is everything. It’s the first thing a person notices about you before you speak and get the chance to engage in conversation.

My mother always tells me that no matter where you go, make sure you look presentable. You never know who you’ll meet. When you plan on going out that night, you never know who you’ll meet. When you step out of your home, think about who you could see.

Its not just a night out on the town. Me and my crew always make it a night to remember. Reminisce on what we had on and how heads turned like we were passing out free fashion tips.

“Don’t let the fit out wear you, out wear the fit” -XoxoFashionista

Good Evening world

Today I woke up with the urge to speak on “mixing brands”. I’m speaking on casual, formal, or even comfy.

How many of you mix the brands of different clothes just because you feel “they are just clothes”? Well I’m here to let you know that is a NO NO. In my eyes and in my opinion, I feel that you are not suppose to mix clothing brands when wearing them. You can’t wake up feeling both Adidas and Nike, or Gucci and Louis Vuitton. It just doesn’t work like that. If you are going to mix brands, I’m here to guide you on what is acceptable to mix. 

Examples…
Rule 1. Never wear Adidas and Nike, Jordan , or Under Armor together.
Rule 2. If you are going to wear Adidas, it has to be from head to toe.
Rule 3. You can not wear Gucci shoes with a Louis Vuitton bag or accessories. (Prints clash)
Rule 4. You are able to wear Nike and Jordan or Nike and Under Armor together.
Rule 5. If you are so “designer”, do not mix and clash designs together trying to make a statement.

The clothes that you wear should show your confidence. Idk how anyone is able to be comfortable with every brand on. LOL.

In my book section 4 line 39 LOL, wearing different brands together is against the law of fashion wardrobe, even if you are at home watching tv, or making a quick store run. Brands should always match.
Never let the mixture of brands get you stopped/ pulled over by the fashion police.

“What you wear is how present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contact are so quick. Fashion is instant language”. -Miuccia Prada