Author Archive for Ms. Toni

What’s in a pitch? 10 steps for effective pitching

What’s in a pitch? A lot.Effective pitching can separate a good publicist from a great publicist. What separates the two? Well, the devil is in the details. In 2007, I completed a public relations internship at a boutique agency, with…

Marketing Needs Diversity

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If there’s one thing we should all learn from the disturbing Dove campaign, seemingly depicting women of color as “unclean” is that, diversity is essential in marketing. It is essential in the way people, especially people of color are represented.…

Starting a Blog? 5 Things You Should Know [eBook Teaser]

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On May 5th, I announced that I’m officially shutting down the Cotten Kandi blog, exactly nine years since launching the site. In that time, I’ve learned so much about digital media and marketing, even launching my career as a full-time…

It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done: Reflecting on Self Growth

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Weekends are often the time when we either regroup from a stressful work week, prepare for the week ahead, complete projects, tasks and reflect. While reflecting is very important, it’s also a time when we can be hard on ourselves.…

Do Only What You’re Passionate About

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If you’re still trying to find your purpose, here’s a clue, do only that which you are passionate about. Not somewhat, but totally intrigued with, so much so, that you’d even be willing to do it for free. We’re often…

Toni Quotes: Living Without Judgement

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Today I’d like to share this message with you. “It’s quite possible to walk strongly in your convictions without passing judgement on others.” – me It’s so easy to pass judgement on those we do not understand or agree with,…

You Are Enough, Believe In Yourself!

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It’s important to know that you are enough and whatever it is that you want to do you can. Period. Most of the time, many of us never reach our maximum potential. Not because we can’t do it, but, out…

Toni Thoughts: All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

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We spend so much time wanting and wishing for what we don’t have that we often fail to notice all the things we do have — all the things we should be grateful for. While “things could always be better,”…

Johnson’s Baby Oil: The Anti-Aging Solution?

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According to a study conducted by Statista, millions of Americans spend billions of dollars, each year, on anti-aging creams to counteract the effects of aging. While many of these consumers are willing to spend big bucks on anti-aging solutions —…

Keep Your Hair Moisturized With Olive Oil Serum & Sheen Spray

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If you have relaxed hair, then you know the drying effect the chemicals can have on your hair. For this reason, I recommend using olive oil based hair products. I would also recommend using an olive oil based no-lye relaxer…