Save the Date! The 4th Annual Equanimity Awards Gala Is October 12, 2019

Equanimity’s annual awards gala is happening again, this October inside the Grapevine REC ballroom in Grapevine, Texas. Every year, Equanimity honors those who have made an impact on their communities. The 4th Annual Equanimity Awards Gala will be honoring JB Dondolo, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit which exists primarily to provide charitable services to impoverished communities.

Proceeds from the event will go specifically towards Phase III of the Hospital Hope Project, which will entail connecting water lines, installing equipment, and refurbishing the kitchen at the Igusi Clinic in Umguza, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. This effort will impact a community of 20,000 people.

You’ve already read the stories of two of our honorees: Angie Ransome Jones (receiving the Outstanding Mentor Award) and Stacy Snapp-Killian (receiving the Outstanding Leadership Award). Other honorees include:

  • Dr. Michele Wise Wright – Visionary Voice Award
  • IMAJ – Trailblazer Award
  • The Power of 3 – Media Collaboration Award
  • The Rob & Dale Show – Breakthrough Award
  • House of Neuville Jewels – Excellence Award
  • Ndeipi Mudiaspora TV Show – Pan-African Thrive Award

This year’s performers include:

  • Jekalyn Carr
  • Sibongile Mlambo
  • Kosi Jah
  • Alfred Kainga

Pavlina Osta will serve as the event host.

To purchase a table, become a sponsor/partner or vendor at the event, please email Lumbie Mlambo at so you can receive our sponsorship package. If you would like a press pass or media credentials for the event, send an email to the same address with the subject line “Media Access Request” and include your name, title, media outlet, and contact information.

You won’t want to miss out on this amazing annual event. General admission costs $89 and VIP admission costs $175. Purchase tickets here, via eventbrite.

4th Annual 10 Shades of Success Movement Celebrated Dallas’ Influential Women

The 10 Shades of Success Gala is an annual event organized by Karen Michelle and her new business partner, Cheryl Jackson. The organization created this platform to empower and recognize women who are change-makers in the community. The vision of 10 Shades of Success is to bring successful individuals together and honor their excellence as well as have the community come together for one common successful story – to celebrate diverse women.

On November 15, 2018, the “10 shades of success” movement celebrated four years of honoring women in the community. The event honored and united a diverse group of women who are successful and some who have overcome personal and professional obstacles. The women took time to pay a special tribute to one of the 2015 honorees, Erica Annise. She sadly has CRPS, a complex regional pain syndrome and neurological chronic pain disorder of the central and peripheral nervous system which affects the limbs in an agonizing way. The women wore red in support of Annise as she prepares for a life-altering treatment in Italy.


The event was hosted by philanthropists Cheryl Jackson and Anita Hawkins. The audience was entertained by American recording artist, producer, and actress Angie Stone and Gospel singer Tony Wade.

This year’s empowerment message was delivered by Dr. Catrina Pullum, a visionary, speaker, author, philanthropist, and a 2016 Shades of Success honoree.

10 Shades of Success Awards Recipients

The 10 Shades of Success women who received awards were:

  • Verna Jones,
  • Annia Jenkins,
  • Quynh Chau Stone,
  • Shantaquilette Deville Carter Williams,
  • Shawn Wills,
  • Noella Kabongo,
  • Felicia Guimont,
  • Lakendra Smalley,
  • A’Mera Frieman, and
  • Dr. Jatun Dorsey.


A new category of Trailblazers was added to the list. The Trailblazers awarded were Laila Muhammad, Tina Loyd, Delisa Rose, and Yvonne Crum.

Interview with Karen Michelle

We followed up with Karen Michelle after the event to find out her thoughts on the event. This is how she answered our questions:

1) What would you say was special about the Shades of Success Gala 2018? 

What was special about this year was how Cheryl came in to partner with another woman. Women supporting women movement shined a brighter light on 10 shades of success

2) Were you pleased with the outcome? 

It touched my soul to see so many people come out to support their loved ones, friends, sister, mother, daughter, aunt’s, and a young girl from South Dallas that believed in her dreams.

3) Have you picked a date for the 2019 gala? 

Cheryl and I are in the planning stages for 2019, but the fall seems it could be a possibility in the future.

4) Do you have any regrets? If not, what are you most thankful about?

I regret holding back for so long. I can honestly say I trusted no one with my vision until I received that call one morning after a serve mental meltdown from Cheryl “Action” Jackson. She asked me how I was doing and at that I felt confound to tell her I was struggling to keep 10 shades of success thriving. Cheryl then told me, that I will have to trust her and I told her I do because at that very moment I knew she was God sent. I’m thankful for my rights, wrongs, mistakes, and my achievements in life. I’ve learned a lot and still learning!

The Shades of Success’ mission is to become one of the leading influential organization that will influence and empower young girls to be successful.

The next 10 Shades of Success gala already promises to be bigger as it marks   year. Who are the next Shades of Success? Stay connected with Karen Michelle at or visit us at


Other links:

Angie Stone – Happy Being Me –

Tony Wade – Journey –


Fashion X Dallas Hits International Heights with South Asian-Themed Fashion Show

On Saturday October 13, 2018, Fashion X (creator of Austin Fashion Week, Fashion X Houston and Fashion X Dallas), hosted its 5th annual fashion show entitled Fashion X DFW :: South Asia. The highly anticipated event attracted international attendance uniting both East and West cultural fashion for an evening that was as beautiful as it was majestic.

The “East meets West” fete welcomed four designers from across the globe: Rana Noman (Pakistan), Varun Bahl (India, featured in Vogue India and considered to be the “Versace” of Indian fashion), Maryam Khizer (Pakistan), and Erum Khan (Pakistan). Other local South Asian designers who showcased were: Silk Threads by Ruby Bhandari (Indian – Dallas-­‐ based), Nava by Ayesha Qasim (Pakistan – Dallas-­‐based), and Jaya Shukla of Bridal Motif (India – Austin-­‐based). Each designer received standing ovations following the finale walk of their collections on the runway.

Founder Matt Swinney emceed the production donning modern Indian garb by Silk Threads, as guests enjoyed South Asian cuisine, with cocktails and spirits provided by Peroni, 1876 Whiskey, Dripping Springs Vodka and Republic Tequila.

Spotted in the audience was Emmy-­‐Nominated Top Chef Tiffany Derry, Award-­‐Winning Entrepreneur Danyel Surrency Jones, Dallas Influencer Rachel Chang, Channel 8 “Daybreak” News Anchor Kara Sewell, JackSon, FunAsia’s Vaishali Thakkar, Best-­‐Selling Author Cheryl Polote-­‐Williamson, and more.

“Dallas needs more events like this,” blogger Sylvia Aziz noted following the event. While Indigo 1745’s Keith Manoy exclaimed, “This show was blazing!”

Retailers and designers House of Dasha, Miles David by David Peck, Valerie Garmino, Shusi, House of Cynthia, and Abi Ferrin also showcased and received standing ovations during the event. Fashion X will fire up once again November 10 in Austin for a dog-­‐friendly extravaganza called Fashion X Furry Friends. You can find more information about the event on the Fashion X Furry Friends Facebook event page.