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Melanated Spark Podcast

Melanated Spark Podcast

By Verlaine Quinniey

The Melanated Spark is a conversational podcast with host, Verlaine Quinniey, who sit's down with guest to explore their SPARK - the core of who they are and how they want to engage with the world around them.

We will learn how entrepreneurs and professionals are balancing life and enjoying the process while still moving towards success so that means we get to talk about a little bit of everything here.
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Episode 13: Making People the Priority When Building a Community with Social Seller Lindsay Dollinger

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Episode 15: Expanding your Real Estate Portfolio with Realtor Reigne Brown
Episode 15: Expanding your Real Estate Portfolio with Realtor Reigne Brown
On episode 15, I sit down with my Realtor, Reign Brown, and she shares her transition into becoming a Commercial Leasing Manager. We discussed Something in the Water prior to knowing that it would be moved to Washington, DC in 2022. She discusses her path as a Navy Veteran, transitioning back to the Hampton Roads region and finding her passion in real estate. She is experienced as a realtor, property manager, and now a commercial leasing manager.  Pros and cons of transitioning into property management Assisting black businesses get into commercial spaces Reigne can be contacted at https://reignetherealtor.me/
35:43
August 23, 2022
Episode 14: Preparing To Buy A Home With Senior Loan Officer Sereva Manuel
Episode 14: Preparing To Buy A Home With Senior Loan Officer Sereva Manuel
For episode 14, I sit down with Senior Loan Officer, Sereva Manuel. She shares what she's looking forward to in 2022, teaching financial literacy, and giving us the inside scoop on getting approved for a home loan if you're interested in buying a home. 5.29 - Red Flags to be aware of that make it more difficult for approval 6:40 - What is the role of the Loan Officer in the process of homeownership? 8:00 - Are you credit ready? Contact Sereva at https://www.fdmhome.com/serevamanuel.html
17:28
August 09, 2022
Episode 13: Making People the Priority When Building a Community with Social Seller Lindsay Dollinger
Episode 13: Making People the Priority When Building a Community with Social Seller Lindsay Dollinger
On Episode 13, I sit down with Social Seller and Podcaster, Lindsay Dollinger, to learn more about building her community, prioritizing her community, and a plethora of tips and tools used to stay organized while running and building her business while working full time.  More about Lindsay: Lindsay is a full-time high school Spanish teacher, podcaster (@thesocialsellingsisterhood), and have built a top 1% Network Marketing organization also.  Because of that, she now coaches other women to do the same and is so excited to share her journey and value with our audience! Stay connected with Lindsay:  Online: www.lindsaydollinger.com/links Instagram: www.instagram.com/lindsaydollinger Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/thesocialsellingsisterhood As always, if you grabbed something from this episode, please let us know by leaving a comment and sharing it with someone else!
33:04
December 07, 2021
Episode 12: Scared Money Don't Make Money - Investing in yourself, collaboration, and consistency for growth with Realtor & Military Relocation Specialist Mickey Wright
Episode 12: Scared Money Don't Make Money - Investing in yourself, collaboration, and consistency for growth with Realtor & Military Relocation Specialist Mickey Wright
On this episode, we sit down with Realtor, Mickey Wright and dive into the importance of investing in yourself, the power of collaboration and consistency for growth. We also learn about the perks of working with a Military Relocation Specialist during the process of homeownership, as well as the power of social media on your brand.  More about Mickey: Mickey Wright is a REALTOR® servicing Virginia Beach and surrounding areas including Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News and the rest of the 7 cities. A mother to 2 boys, family is the centerpiece behind everything that she does. Mickey understands that there are many options for anyone who wants to own a home and her goal is to educate her community on how to do just that. She’s also a Military Relocation Specialist, a certification provided by the National Association of REALTORs®. If you’re current or former military and want to work with someone who understands the ins and outs of what you need to make your transition as smooth as possible, she’s the REALTOR® for you. She’s here to help you build equity and wealth through real estate while providing exceptional value and educating you throughout the entire process. Stay connected with Mickey at:  Instagram: @mickeywright_ TikTok: @mickeywrightrealtor Facebook: @mickeywrightRE
01:18:07
November 30, 2021
Episode 11: Rebranding Motherhood and Breaking Generational Curses with De'dria Louise
Episode 11: Rebranding Motherhood and Breaking Generational Curses with De'dria Louise
On episode 11, I sit down with De'dria Louise, the Founder of Rebranding Motherhood to discuss what it's like raising beautiful black queens in society today, career shifts during a pandemic that align with our passions, and how our experiences have motivated us to create a life that we love and can be proud of for our daughters.  De’dria Bynum is a testament that God has the power to break every generational curse that was designed to block you from God’s will for your life. Throughout De’dria’s life, she encountered several hindrances that were intended to interrupt her destiny. By the age of twenty, she had become fatherless, molested, physically abused, homeless, tainted, and a single mother of one. Yet, it was in December of 2011 that she gained a spiritual encounter with God in one of the darkest places of her life. She would never be the same. De'dria is a mother and a community servant. She created ReBranding Motherhood to provide a space for mothers to connect and speak about generation curses with the intent to break them. De'dria's mission is to encourage mothers to create a new narrative for their children, one that will manifest the life that God has predestined for them to have. Creating a community of mothers has also helped her remain accountable to what she has set out to do for herself and others. Stay connected with De'dria at: https://www.rebrandingmotherhood.org/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebrandingmotherhood/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReBrandingMotherhood/?modal=admin_todo_tour
45:07
November 23, 2021
Episode 10: The Language of Business with Charese Chambers
Episode 10: The Language of Business with Charese Chambers
On episode 10, I sit down with Charese Chambers, Business & Finance Portfolio Strategist and Owner of Financial Fancy LLC. She spills all of the details to get us right in our business regardless of what stage you are in. She drops tax tips, money management business tips, explains write-offs and deductions in a way that we can all understand, and so much more. Make sure you have your pin and paper ready for this episode! More about Charese: Charese Chambers is a Business Financial Strategist, with a specialized area of work with nonprofits and small business owners. She has worked for over a decade in the fields of tax preparation. Her consulting empowers entrepreneurs to create long term sustainability and accountability with their business finances. Over her career, she has coached multiple industries on how to set budgets, create services, product pricing, and provides tax education for small business owners. As a QuickBooks professional she helps small business owners know their numbers in an understandable way. Charese educates businesses on the importance of business structure and policy. Chambers believes that these principles are critical to avoiding legal troubles and compromising integrity. She creates financial solidarity with business owners to curate measurable actions that align with their goals. Charese speaks regularly on panels, work groups, webinars and conferences. She’s been featured in a variety of notable publications, including Lynchburg Business (Article: Millennials on the Move), Women Leaders of the World, and Collective Purpose. She is the host of two innovative podcasts: Financial Fancy and Business After Dark. They can both be found on Spotify, Anchor, Apple Podcast, and Stitcher. These powerful shows have garnered over 2,000 downloads and is growing. They provide information to small businesses owners from startups and beyond. Charese’s specialties include Tax Preparation, Tax planning, Bookkeeping, Non-profit guidelines, Budgeting, QuickBooks software, Business entity set up, and Financial reporting. She has a social media reach of close to 10 thousand connections and projects to reach even more with the relaunch of her podcasts and YouTube Channel. Stay connect with Charese below! Pateron (Join in): https://www.patreon.com/financialfancy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/financialfancy Podcast: https://anchor.fm/businessafterdark Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/FinancialFancy/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charesechambers/ IG:  https://www.instagram.com/financialfancyllc/
01:03:55
November 19, 2021
Episode 9: Thick, Bold, & Healthy with Certified Nutritionist Farah Green
Episode 9: Thick, Bold, & Healthy with Certified Nutritionist Farah Green
On episode 9, we get to sit down with Body Positivity Nutritionist, Certified Nutritionist and the Founder/CEO of Thick, Bold, and Healthy, Farah Green. We have an intimate conversation around body image, what healthy looks like, why she decided to advocate for others and start her business, Thick, Bold, and Healthy. We also get to learn about several upcoming programs she has in store to serve her clients in reaching their goals.  To learn more about Thick, Bold, and Healthy, The Tasty Girl Method Program, and Erase Diabetes, feel free to connect with Farah at https://www.thetbhlife.com/.  Instagram:  @Farahmgreen | @thickboldandhealthy More about Farah and Thick, Bold, and Healthy: Thick, Bold, and Healthy LLC was founded on June 6, 2018 by our CEO, Farah M. Green. After experiencing depression and battling with many insecurities, Farah M. Green, a.k.a The Body Positive Nutritionist wanted to create a platform and a movement where curvy women of all shapes and sizes can feel empowered, confident and learn how to love their bodies through body positivity, health, wellness, nutrition and fitness. Thick, Bold, and Healthy provides health and wellness products and services that teach women how to embrace their curves, master their health all by using our all natural wellness products, coaching services and sporting our body positive apparel. Society believes that a perfect model size is the ideal healthy body. However, Thick, Bold, and Healthy firmly believes every curvy woman is capable of becoming an athlete and that there needs to be better representation of body types within the health and wellness industry. Through our products and services, we teach women to build self-love, confidence and take control of their health. Whether their goal is to build self-love, lose weight, prevent or manage diet-related chronic illnesses, manage their weight, or tone their curves, our products and services are tailored to meet the needs of every curvaceous woman looking for a solution to better their health. Our clients realize when working with the TBH team, they learn to focus on celebrating small victories, further gain clarity on how to better their health, and they understand that the number on the scale doesn’t define their worth. We focus on shifting their mindset to believe that gaining the body of their dreams is closer than they think by creating nutrition and fitness plans that fit their lifestyle to start seeing results. We teach women to love and embrace their curves throughout their health and wellness journey. It’s important that we love our bodies where we are currently, so that we can continue to thrive for the health and physique we desire.
01:02:13
November 11, 2021
Episode 8 | Working in your strengths, building your team, and homeownership tips with Realtor Victoria Bailey
Episode 8 | Working in your strengths, building your team, and homeownership tips with Realtor Victoria Bailey
In this episode, we get to know Realtor Victoria Bailey's journey to building a a real estate team, working in her strengths, and why delegating is key to growth in your business. We also get some great tips and reminders on the homeownership. She gets real on the process and shares her some great suggestions on how homeownership can create generational wealth.    More about Victoria:  As a young child growing up in Hampton, VA, I watched my father help families with the biggest purchase of one’s life. I now am honored to follow his steps! As a graduate of Phoebus High, I continued my education at the University of Maryland University College to complete my degree in Business and Management. Within that time I meet my husband, Aaron Bailey. His career allowed us to travel all around the globe as he serves in the US Army. In 2017, we were stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, which sits on the Tennessee and Kentucky border. This is where my Real Estate journey began and I’ve been in love with it ever since! Fast forward to 2021, I am now licensed in Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Currently, I am located in the Hampton Roads area and ready to “Educate you and yours through the journey!” Buyers, sellers, and investors all have different journeys and stories. I am your local go-to when it comes to education and connection in Real Estate!
58:39
November 03, 2021
Episode 7: Creating and Publishing your First Book with Black Sci-Fi Author CeCe Dawson
Episode 7: Creating and Publishing your First Book with Black Sci-Fi Author CeCe Dawson
Cece Dawson shares how the pandemic was an outlet to creating her debut sci-fi novel based in NYC that explores a military experiment gone wrong. If you've thought about publishing your own book or stepping into spaces where there are not many people that look like you, this is the episode for you. Take a listen and don't forget to pre-order her book! More about Cece Dawson! Cece Dawson is a New York native and budding author who has dedicated 15 years of her life to honing her craft. Her expertise lies in the world of romance novels, with one foot in reality and the other in science fiction. Using her psychology background and her rich, vibrant experiences from attending various conventions, Cece dives deep into understanding her readers’ psyche. This, in turn, gives birth to undeniably relatable stories that shake her growing fanbase to its core. Instagram authorcecedawson Tik Tok authorcecedawson Facebook authorcecedawson Website:www.authorcecedawson.com
34:07
October 26, 2021
Episode 6 : Putting your Faith Behind your Actions and Standing in your Purpose
Episode 6 : Putting your Faith Behind your Actions and Standing in your Purpose
On episode 6, host, Verlaine Quinniey, sits down with Coach Lauren Jackson to breakdown, "Putting your Faith Behind your Actions and Standing in your Purpose." Lauren explores how vulnerability and growing pains leads you to discovering what your true purpose is. Dive into this episode to discover the difference between passion and purpose and how to stand in your purpose to make an impact.  More about Lauren: LAUREN GRIMES-JACKSON, is the Amazon Best-Selling author of “Purposeful Pain”, and the highly anticipated blog turned E-book entitled “Intimacy”. She is also the app owner of “The Purpose”, which is available in both iTunes and Google play. Lauren was born and reared in Opelousas, La. She is first and foremost a Christian woman whose life is dedicated to helping bridge healthy relationships between women and men, through her own life experiences, and journey toward wholeness. Lauren obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northwestern State University, in Natchitoches, La, a Master’s of Science Degree in Banking and Financial Management & also a M.B.A both from New England College, in Henniker, New Hampshire. Lauren’s aspiration is to promote healing and liberation from the perpetual cycle of brokenness often associated with the vagaries of life. Lauren acclaims herself as being the bridge to helping men and women merge their passion into their God designed purpose. She is a certified life coach, with years of experience in corporate coaching. Lauren enjoys public speaking and sharing her knowledge about becoming an author, branding, and finance. She has been a speaker for Women’s conferences, the Shreveport-Bossier African American Minority Expo, and a panelist speaker for the Shreveport/Bossier Ladies in Leadership luncheon. In 2019, Lauren was an honoree for the Athena Award, and she was also apart of the 2019 40 under 40 Class both hosted by the local chamber. Lauren currently resides in Shreveport, La, and is a proud mother of 2 handsome boys. She is also a successful entrepreneur in the arena of mortgage lending. Lauren is a Mortgage Loan Officer for Planet Home Lending Mortgage Company and has been in the banking industry for over 10 years. Connect with Lauren on Instagram, Clubhouse, Facebook and LinkedIn at https://linktr.ee/Coachlaurenj. 
01:12:49
October 19, 2021
Episode 5 | How Vision, Access, & Exposure Contributes to Success
Episode 5 | How Vision, Access, & Exposure Contributes to Success
In episode 5, we sit down with De'Geon Briggs AKA Brigss who is a Wealth Building Strategist, Mortgage Lender, Investment Advisor and Co-Founder of Greenwood Conglomerate located in Hampton, Virginia. He shares how he transitioned from part time to full time in his business, surrounded himself with the right people, followed the vision he had for his life and business, and found new ways to pour back into his community while still walking in his purpose. He drops some exclusive news with our listeners on what to expect in the future from Greenwood Conglomerate.  About De'Geon:  De’Geon Briggs is a Strayer University graduate. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a concentration in Finance.  He is also the owner of a State Farm Agency that rests in the heart of Hampton, VA. The mission of his office is to help clients succeed with money.  He works diligently in efforts to close the wealth gap that exists between the African-American community and others.  He holds licenses as an Investment Adviser, Mortgage Loan Officer, and Life Insurance Agent amongst others.  He resides in Smithfield with Ashley, his wife of 10 years. To connect with Briggs, you can connect with him on Instagram @money.briggs or online at https://www.greenwoodconglom.com/ Take a listen, leave a comment, and don't forget to subscribe to Melanated Spark Podcast! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube at @melanatedsparkpodcast 
45:52
October 12, 2021
Episode 4 | Building Confidence & The Healing Journey
Episode 4 | Building Confidence & The Healing Journey
On this episode I sit down with the CEO/Founder of M Green Enterprises, LLC, Mylira Green. She is such warm spirit and provided some great tips and insight on building confidence, healing the family system, living in your purpose, flowing in integrity, and so much more. This episode is going to really have you reflecting on your life and motivate you to heal from within to be able to show up as your best for yourself and your family.  Mylira Green is a psychotherapist, Reiki Master, inspirational speaker, life skills workshop facilitator, and career/life coach striving to provide the world with preventative services to lower the number of individuals in mental health facilitates while helping individuals grow from a caterpillar to a butterfly! As a wife and a mother, she realized she had to become the solution to the problems she saw in this world and began to work with children and women to become unstuck and motivated to confidently reach their goals while owning their gifts. With eight years of experience assisting individuals addressing their mental and emotional health, Mylira is ready to help Queens find their best selves.  Connect with Mylira on FB: M. Green Enterprises LLC | IG: @mgreenenterprises | Online: https://mgreenenterprisesl.wixsite.com/mgreenenterprisesllc  Leave a comment or review. I'd love to hear from you! Follow us on Instagram @melanatedspark and @theconnect757
43:34
May 11, 2021
Episode 3 | Holding Yourself Accountable While Helping Others
Episode 3 | Holding Yourself Accountable While Helping Others
On today's episode I wanted to take a moment to discuss what it looks like to hold yourself accountable while helping others. Many times we can get overwhelmed or just so focused on making sure others are taken care of that you look up and realize you've forgotten about yourself and your own goals.  One person I wanted to sit down and talk with is Lindsey Anderson. Lindsey holds many titles including Executive Director of Vision Driven 757 - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who aims to support the youth in the Hampton Roads area;  Lindsey A of VA - Business Strategist that is helping aspiring entrepreneurs launch their businesses; Reading Interventionalist that is helping Kindergarten - 3rd grade students improve their reading levels; and mother of one. Lindsey is known to take action in the community and help whenever she can so she is the perfect person to share tips on how she is able to hold herself accountable while still managing to serve her community. Feel free to share this episode, leave a comment, and subscribe to Melanated Spark. I'd love to hear from you so feel free to leave me a voice message through Anchor.  Melanated Spark is an extension of The Connect 757 - The Social Network for Black Professionals in Hampton Roads. 
36:05
March 02, 2021
Episode 2 | Intentional Dating in 2021
Episode 2 | Intentional Dating in 2021
On this episode, I sit down with Antione Hines, Serial Entrepreneur, and Tyra Anderson, Kindergarten Teacher, who were very intentional when moving into this chapter of their lives. The Pandemic has changed the game when it comes to dating and statistics are showing that many online daters are transitioning to being more intentional when it comes to dating instead of a simple swipe. In this episode of Melanated Spark, we discuss what intentional dating looks like, the importance of being whole before deciding to date, and we go through some of the conversations you should be having with potential partners to see if that relationship is worth exploring exclusively. Enjoy and share your thoughts with us online! Feel free to share this episode, leave a comment, and subscribe to Melanated Spark! Melanated Spark is an extension of The Connect 757 - The Social Network for Black Professionals in Hampton Roads. 
35:05
February 02, 2021
Episode 1 | Developing A Strong Power Circle
Episode 1 | Developing A Strong Power Circle
As the premiere episode, I wanted to discuss the importance of having the right people around you. My power circle has been a blessing and has definitely contributed to my progress and success personally and professionally over the years. If you are trying to figure out how to develop a strong power circle, join me as I sit down with Ramone Pierce to define what it looks like, the roles played, and why you need a power circle in 2021. Ramone is a Senior Contract Specialist for the federal government, experienced networker, a military veteran, public servant, and recently launched Pierce Legacy Group, a small consulting firm to help small businesses do business with the government. Listen in and enjoy our first episode of Melanated Spark!
28:35
January 04, 2021