Hello March – Community Film Screenings

Hello March! We’re co-hosting two film screenings this month. We believe it’s imperative to keep our local community informed about social issues that impact them. Both screenings are FREE and will take place in Salisbury NC. Click event photo for Facebook Event Page to RSVP!

13TH – Friday, March 17th at 7pm at Park Avenue Community, 632 Park Ave, Salisbury, NC 28144.

13TH - Director, Ava DuVernay

13TH – Director, Ava DuVernay

Class Divide – Friday, March 24th at 6:30pm at Mission House, 120 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28144.

EPIX Series - America Divided: Class Divided

EPIX Series – America Divided: Class Divide 

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I Reached My Goal!

designI blogged that I hired a nutritionist to create a personal meal plan a few months ago. My focus was to reduce my BMI (Body Mass Index) based on a recent health assessment from my 9-5 job. As I shared in my December post Nutrition: The Missing Link, the foods recommended in the meal plan I already had in my kitchen! It was simply a matter of eating the right foods in combination, increasing my water intake, and exercising regularly.

During this journey, I’ve learned much about clean eating and its benefits. Clean eating is primarily about meal preparation and nutritious food choices. I’ve also experimented with some quick and easy recipes recommended by my nutritionist that accommodated my busy lifestyle.

Within three months, I lost a total of 20 pounds and 16 inches! I lost the most inches from my waist; 8 inches to be exact. I reached a few weight plateaus during the process but, increasing my water intake and exercise was a quick resolve.

Overall, this was a wonderful and much-needed experience. I decided to continue with the nutrition plan and have since exceeded my initial weight loss goal of 20 pounds! I’m so glad that I made my health a priority and sought the service of a nutritionist. My nutritionist Shlandra at Balance By Burton was very knowledgeable and my biggest cheerleader. Her expertise was key to my success and I highly recommend her services. Click Balance By Burton to reach Shlandra on Facebook and begin your healthy nutrition journey!

Tonya – Visionary of The Vine Events

 

My Sister’s Keeper

We’re celebrating Black History Month! Join us for “My Sister’s Keeper” on Saturday, February 25th at 4pm at Westridge Place Apartments Clubhouse, 100 Donner Dr, Salisbury NC. We will have a panel discussion about financial literacy, group economics, and community development. Also there will be local female business owners vending their products at the event so, bring your dollars to circulate!  Photo Source: Createher Stock

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Circulate The Dollar

A new year paves the way for a new beginning! Our sister company Accented Glory recently launched a new shop on Trafek. Trafek is an online marketplace that connects the black community with black owned businesses. Accented Glory offers handcrafted women fashion accessories. Their specialty is natural hair friendly accessories and earrings. They also create custom orders for special occasions such as, weddings, proms, and anniversaries. Circulate the dollar and #BuyBlack with Accented Glory on Trafek!

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Nutrition: The Missing Link

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In November, I started a new journey. I hired a nutritionist with hopes of maintaining my health. I recently took an extensive health assessment at my job and my only low score had been my BMI (Body Mass Index). After talking with my company nurse, we both concluded that because I exercise regularly and have good eating habits my blood work and other assessments were great!

Being 40+ and on no medications, I was pleased with my results, however my BMI still bothered me. I decided to hire a nutritionist. I had a consult with the nutritionist and in a few days she sent me my eating plan. Interesting enough, everything that was on my plan I already had in my kitchen! So, I was eating the right foods, but not the right combination of foods. I also wasn’t drinking enough water and getting proper rest.

I have been amazed at the difference these small changes have made. Not only have I lost weight, but I’ve lost inches in my chest, waist, and hips. I finally realized that nutrition was the missing link in my health plan. Shout out to my nutritionist Shlandra of Balance By Burton. She is very knowledgeable and has been my biggest cheerleader!

To learn more about nutrition and what impact it has on weight loss you can contact Shlandra at Balance By Burton. Nutrition could be your missing link too!

Tonya Cross – The Vine Events Visionary

 

 

 

Fall Community Gathering 

P8perglass Jewelry/Beads, The Vine Event Planning, and First Legacy Community Credit Union is collaborating again for Fall Community Gathering on Saturday, October 22nd at 3pm. We’re continuing our #BankBlack campaign for the Salisbury NC/Rowan County area. Join us for music, face painting, giveaways, and much more. Our giveaways will be from local black owned businesses. #FallGathering #BankBlack #FirstLegacy #GroupEconomics #BlackBusinesses

 **If you’re a local black owned business that would like to participate in our event giveaway, please contact The Vine Event Planning.**

Fall Community Gathering Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-community-gathering-tickets-28584466910

NYC Trip For Urbanworld 2016

In July I got an email from ArrayNow informing me that I was receiving a pass to Urbanworld Film Festival 2016! The pass was a thank you for valuing and supporting their work. Array was originally AFFRM (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement), which was founded by one of my SHEroes Ava DuVernay. I became an ArrayRebel a few years ago because foremost I LOVE black film. Secondly, I understand the importance of supporting indie films by people of color and women filmmakers.

I was already off from work during the time of film festival, because I had originally planned to travel to Washington DC for the inaugural of the National Museum of African American History and Culture with my hubby. I’m a black history nerd too! My husband convinced me to bypass the trip to DC and head to NYC for the film festival. He also made it very clear that he still planned to attend museum opening without me!

Urbanworld Film Festival was amazing! I was in film heaven. I got an opportunity to see some great independent films and engage in post-screening dialogues. I also meet some amazing people from fellow film enthusiasts to filmmakers! It was like a big family reunion centered around the love of film. Thanks ArrayNow, I will forever cherish the experience!

Tonya Cross – Visionary of The Vine Events

 

Director Leila Djansi and actor Jay Ellis of Like Cotton Twines

Director Mira Nair and actor David Oyelowo of Queen of Katwe

Dialogue with Class Divide Cast

Dialogue for young filmmakers showcase 2016. My favorite film was Silent Night!