Nashville, TN. – – On Sunday, March 31, 2019, join us at Omni Hotel & Resorts Nashville located at 250 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN for the Inaugural Women Who RockNashville Black-Tie Gala. This is a night to remember as we honor exceptional diverse women of all walks of life including: Education, Entertainment, Medicine, Entrepreneurship,
Community Activist, Recovery, Domestic Violence, Cancer Survivor, and many

Founded by Entrepreneur, Producer, Author, and National Spokeswoman Tanya
Davis.Women Who Rock Nashville Black-Tie Gala provides a platform bringing awareness to the many Women who ROCK Nashville and highlighting organizations that help Nashville become a better place to Live.

This event also provides powerful opportunities to help give back to the community, while becoming a resource for women in need such as; shelter, food, clothing, and hair & beauty. Special awards will be provided honoring the State of Tennessee Senator Brenda Gilmore, and former Nashville Pride Journalist the late Deborah Culp “God’s Writer Girl.”

The night will also feature some of Nashville’s brightest stars including Emmy Award-winning Journalist of Channel 5 News Vicki Yates, and Tuwanda Coleman Shaw of “Talk
of the Town,” as Host/Co-Host. Special entertainment and performances by Grammy
Nominee Song Writer & Producer Shannon Sanders, Dove & Stellar Award Nominee
Gospel Singer Wess Morgan, and Featuring an All-Female Band “Cojo & The Konectts.”

For additional information visit or Contact: PR-Department
(615) 926-9935

The 2018 Celebration of Legends

The 2018 Celebration of Legends annual event held May 31, 2018 did not disappoint. This Extravagant Affair was hosted by the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and established to honor legendary artists who have influenced and made a significant contribution to African American music. A fitting tribute in itself as Nashville is widely known as “Music City USA.”

“As we’re still a year away from its planned opening in Nashville, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) made its presence known in a big way,” stated one of the NMAAM executives.

Stokley WIlliams and Mona Scott-Young

The awardees included; Gap Band front man Charlie “Uncle Charlie” Wilson, Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, gospel great Yolanda Adams, Nashville-based blues star Keb’ Mo’ and entertainment mogul Mona Scott-Young.

The museum also assembled quite the lineup of artists to pay tribute to the honorees, including BeBe Winans, Tamia, Johnny Gill and Anthony Hamilton, who put a noted spin on Keb’ Mo’s “Am I Wrong.” Another one of the many show stopping performances was Avery Sunshine took the crowd to church with her tribute to Yolanda Adams blessing the audience with, “The Battle Is Not Yours”.

Keb’ Mo’ was the first to make an acceptance speech, but he wasn’t the last to stress that recognition from NMAAM was a very special honor indeed.

He proudly said; “I’m very blessed, very grateful and honored to be here in the room with folks that understand what I’m doing in the industry. ”I’m going to put this in the kitchen at the dinner table, so I can look at it when I have breakfast.”

After a tribute that included a performance from Tweet and a video message from Missy Elliott, Scott-Young spoke about her longtime role as a music manager.

“They say that is a thankless job, but tonight I have to disagree.”I get a chance every day to wake up to a world that’s not so kind, but bring more kindness and love to it, simply by existing, Because God placed a love in me for people that I can shake, and I don’t want to,” said. Adams.”

As the evening continued on, the performers continued to up the ante. Not long after Avery Sunshine brought the house down on Adams’ “The Battle is the Lord’s,” Johnny Gill was off the stage and in the crowd, eventually coaxing Charlie Wilson to take the lead on Gap Band’s “Ain’t Nothing but a Party.”

Wilson even kept singing during his acceptance speech, breaking into “I’m Blessed” at the podium, with the house band backing him up. Surely the event and all who had a hand in pulling it together or attending it will share pleasant memories for some time to come.

Play Like A Girl Offers 2018 Spring Break Camp

Camp Based Program Includes Sports Activities, STEM, and Computer Coding

Nashville, Tenn. – Play Like a Girl (PLAG) is hosting a Spring Break Camp starting on Monday, April 2 through Friday April 6, 2018 at Oliver Middle School.Staffed by certified teachers, corporate professionals, athletes and volunteers, the week-long program will focus on a variety of activities specially designed to motivate girls both mentally and physically.

Each day campers will participate in sports, games and physical activities. They also will have the opportunity to benefit from STEM education and financial literacy delivered by Wells Fargo employees, as well as engage in a variety of arts and crafts and esteem-building exercises structured around PLAG’s 10 Girl-Powered Principles. The camp experience is intended to help participating girls find their spark for athletic, creative and developmental opportunities.

PLAG President/CEO Dr. Kimberly Clay set out to deliver a program that encompasses a wide variety of activities that will allow campers to learn and grow in a group setting. “It is important for girls to attend a Spring Break program like ours because this camp is a good connector for young people,” explained Dr. Clay. “Girls will have the opportunity to bond together through sports and education in a way that is unique to the Play Like a Girl camp experience.”

Because the PLAG community believes that ‘Giving is a team sport’, for every paid registration they have donated one camp registration to a student from an underserved community. This is a continued part of PLAG’s commitment to level the playing field for all girls in Nashville.  

More details about the 2018 Play Like a Girl Spring Break Camp can be found at You can follow the campers activities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @iplaylikeagirl (#IPLAYLIKEAGIRL).

Citizens Bank Elects New Chairman of the Board

Healthcare Executive and Attorney Richard Manson to Succeed Dr. T. B. Boyd III

Nashville, TN – Citizens Savings Bank & Trust has appointed Healthcare Executive and Attorney Richard Manson as Chairman of the Board following the retirement of esteemed Chairman Dr. T.B. Boyd III. The Chairman of the Board provides leadership for the effective governance of the bank and provides guidance for the accountability to shareholders, regulators and other stakeholders.

Attorney Richard Manson

Attorney Manson has an abundance of international experience, and a wealth of knowledge in understanding the markets and cultures throughout North America, Asia and Africa. “I have been a member of this board for a number years and I’m honored to have been selected to serve as chairman,” explained Attorney Manson. “I am succeeding Dr. T B Boyd who served for over 40 years and I look forward to making sure that the vision for the bank continues from its original founders.”

Dr. T. B. Boyd III is now Chairman Emeritus.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Attorney Manson is a corporate leader who builds and brokers relationships to create profitable, lasting and mutually beneficial business partnerships. He earned his B.A. degree in History from Fisk University and was the recipient of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellow to study abroad. Attorney Manson holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

For nearly 25 years Attorney Manson has served on the board for Citizens Bank, establishing himself as an important part of the organization. “I am extremely pleased to have a person of Attorney Manson’s caliber to serve as Chairman of Citizens Bank. Chairman Manson became a member of the Board in 1994 and has a true commitment to the Bank,” said Bank President Dr. Deborah A. Cole. “Manson brings his legal knowledge, experience as a Board member, commitment to the community and a vast degree of management expertise to the position and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him in this capacity.”

As Nashville continues to celebrate Black History Month the new Chairman of the Board believes it is important to recognize the history of this financial institution. Founded in 1904 as the One Cent Savings Bank, now Citizens Savings Bank & Trust, became the first minority-owned bank in Tennessee. “Citizens Bank has served the Nashville community in many ways and is now positioning itself to embrace its role as one of the original community bank.” Attorney Manson continued, “while the banking industry is expanding here we will continue to provide our unique services to a unique demographic. This new commitment to Nashville is needed now more than ever.”

The Academy Nashville Gives Small Business Owners Guidance, Support, and Opportunities to Learn from Business Leaders

Nashville, Tenn. – Once again aspiring entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to turn their ideas into something sustainable and thriving, as Corner To Corner announces March 6th, 2018 as the date for The Academy Nashville’s spring cohorts. The Academy Nashville is a ten-week program that equips its participants with the guidance, entrepreneurial support, and the means needed to take action and turn their passion into a business.

Will Acuff of Corner To Corner

This spring will see The Academy Nashville run three simultaneous cohorts at local community centers throughout the city. All three will be held every Tuesday evening at 6 PM for 10 weeks. The course cost a total of $100 to cover the cost of material and students can now reserve their spot for only $25 by visiting

During the program, students will develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining each part and determining their next steps through real-time feedback from experienced entrepreneur facilitators. In addition to exploring their own growth as business owners, participants will experience weekly guest speakers who will enrich the conversation by teaching from their own entrepreneurship experiences.

The Academy Nashville was launched in 2016 as collaborative and action-driven way to help small businesses grow. “We know what it feels like to have a dream without a clear path, and a desire for a community of support to get your back,” explained Corner To Corner Cofounder Will Acuff. “Our goal is to give those in the community the tools and support needed to launch a business by learning from each other.”

Students who enroll will be side by side with other entrepreneurs who have the drive and commitment to turn their dream into a business reality. Participants will learn:

· How to sharpen their product to meet the needs of their customers

· How to start small in order to start NOW

· How to choose what kind of legal structure they should have – LLC, S-Corp, etc.

· How to find their bottom line to start making profit

· How to market their business – even without a marketing budget

· And More!

At the end of the program, students are poised to walk away with a plan to see real growth in their business. The 10-week course concludes with a community graduation party where three lucky winners will have the chance to present their business idea for prizes in front of the entire Corner To Corner community.

To show that you have the passion, creativity and hustle to start your own business visit the today.


About Corner To Corner

Corner to Corner is a Christian nonprofit that exists to extend hope to every corner of our community. We do this by attacking the cycle of despair often caused by high-rates of incarceration, in a model we call “Connect, Invest, Grow.” Programs include Literacy Tutoring, Baking Classes, Offender Job Readiness, and The Academy Nashville. To learn more visit

Route of Peace-Route of Artisan

Tennessee Minority Pages Business spotlight on Marcela Gómez

Marcela Gómez

Marcela Gómez is one of the many foreign-born entrepreneurs in Nashville, Tennessee. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela moved to Music City in 1994 with her then four-year-old son, Esteban.

For Marcela Gómez entrepreneurship has been her life since 2002 after being laid-off from her job as marketing director of the Spanish-language division of global book publishing company. Her new path became a passion that she uses to mentor women entrepreneurs. Since 2014, Marcela has served as president of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce based in Nashville guiding the organization through the rapid growth of the Latino population in Davidson County, offering programs all its members and supporters.

In 2016 Marcela was invited to help in several Nashville projects in partnership with Colombian organizations. Through this involvement and hearing stories of how her Nashville friends were traveling to her homeland, she decided to go back to Colombia after seven years of not visiting. However, this time, was not for a vacation. Marcela knew she was going back with a different purpose.

“One of my greatest passions is to help women become entrepreneurs, achieve financial independence, and be able to support their families. I have been doing this for several years in my beloved Nashville Tennessee, now I am sowing seeds of that passion in my homeland of Colombia” says Marcela.

Gómez, the passionate entrepreneur, began her tour of Colombia by following what she calls “The Route of Peace. The Route of the Artisan”, she now travels to small rural towns meeting and purchasing handmade items by the women artisans who are from indigenous groups of Colombia or women who have suffered the fifty-year plus armed conflict in this country.

To offer the women artisans of Colombia an international platform for their beautiful work, Marcela with partners, opened a new company, “Mi Tribu”, which means My Tribe. The mission of Mi Tribu is to support disenfranchised women in developing nations by helping them establish sustainable means of providing for themselves and their families. We do this by purchasing high quality, handcrafted products directly from the artisans who create them for a fair price. Our goal is to provide our buyers with one of a kind style items that have a truly global impact. Mi Tribu also invests a portion of every sale back into the communities in which the goods were produced. These funds go toward education, housing, and small business loans for women. “We believe that as women, we are all a part of one beautiful tribe; interdependent and meant to lift one another up,” says Gómez.

The handmade products of Mi Tribu can be purchased online through the company’s website,, where you can also watch interviews with the artisans themselves and learn what makes them smile and give them the power to keep working. Marcela continues with her work in Nashville as the Hispanic marketing consultant and president of the TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce while working on the mission of Mi Tribu.

Nashville’s New Hot Spot: Plaza Mariachi Music City

Plaza Mariachi Music City

Offers Multiple Opportunities for Cultural Experiences

Mark and Diane Janbakhsh would visit the land on Nolensville Pike where the empty Elysian Field Kroger once operated and dream how to redevelop the property to benefit both the community and Nashville. After taking a leap of faith and purchasing the property, they defined their vision and began work to create a special place unlike anything else in Middle Tennessee.  In May 2017, they opened Plaza Mariachi Music City, a mixed-use development designed to be a cultural and retail epicenter that celebrates Hispanic culture and history.

The south Nashville location was a perfect site to build a family-friendly, retail and entertainment center because of the highly diverse population along Nolensville Pike. Living and working in the area are Kurdish, Salvadorian, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican families who comprise this diverse community.

The Janbakhsh, owners of Plaza Mariachi, know first-hand how to market a culturally diverse development, it’s in their DNA.  Mark, born to Iranian immigrants, grew up in Nashville and has been a very successful businessman and entrepreneur.  Diane, whose parents are Hispanic, grew up in Mexico and Tennessee and used her talent in the design, art and music fields to help create a visually stunning Mexican marketplace.

In 2010, Hispanics made up 10% of Nashville’s metro area population. Projections indicate that number will increase to 34% by 2040, making Nashville one of the fastest growing Hispanic cities in America.  Plaza Mariachi was created to impact the local Latino community and to also educate non-Latinos.  The owners view Plaza Mariachi as a place to celebrate all cultures and how they intertwine.

During trips to Mexico, Diane and Mark were drawn to the architecture and the beauty they saw in streets, archways, doors, and windows. They incorporated these designs in the 70,000-square-foot space that now resembles a traditional Mexican marketplace. The transformation took over two years and more than 10 artisans to create the five calles (streets) named for Mexican revolutionary heroes and storefronts bearing Latino names.

The opening of Plaza Mariachi created 200 new jobs for Nashville with positions in the restaurants, retail shops, service-based businesses, art gallery, dance studio, Maz Fresco -a fresh market grocery and other businesses.Plaza Mariachi Music City Offers Multiple Opportunities for Cultural Experiences

The Food Hall is Plaza Mariachi’s central meeting place and is open from morning to evening.  The 300-seat space provides complimentary WiFi for those having breakfast, lunch or dinner….or just dropping in to listen to live music.

For people looking for authentic cuisine, there are numerous menu options and price ranges from fine dining to a pop up cantina.  All Latino communities are represented including Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan. Currently, there are 10 vendors in the food court. For a list of all food vendors, visit

Music, dance, and art fill Plaza Mariachi on a daily basis. Musicians play from the state-of-the-art stage with LED lights in the Food Hall.  Bands invite everyone to enjoy the dance floor. The most popular night is Thursday Salsa Night. Salsa lessons start at 7:30 p.m. followed by salsa music. For a list of singers and bands performing each week, visit

Children can learn about Hispanic culture through dance classes taught at the Baila Dance Studio.  To learn more about dance classes for children and adults, go to

The Ceiba Art Gallery is a fine arts studio showcasing local and international talent. The showcased art connects people of different backgrounds. Weekend art projects are held for kids to expose them to different cultures in Latin America. For more information, visit

Shoppers can find a variety of options at the various retail shops located inside Plaza Mariachi.  The HFF Gift Shop features artisan gifts from Mexico, Guatemala and Peru.  Sales from the shop directly support the Hispanic Family Foundation, which is located at Plaza Mariachi.  Browse the shops.  You can count on finding unique items in all the stores.

In addition to the retail shops, Plaza Mariachi is home to businesses designed to serve the Latino community. Businesses that provide help with purchasing cars, homes and insurance are located at Plaza Mariachi.  In addition, companies that provide tax services and legal services for immigration, criminal and personal matters are available.

Plaza Mariachi is located at 3955 Nolensville Pike in Nashville. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Cristina O. Allen, Chief Marketing Officer


3955 Nolensville Pike

Nashville, TN 37211



Tennessee Minority Pages Releases 27th Edition

Directory Focuses on the Importance of Diversity in the Tennessee Business Community.


Nashville, Tenn. – Publisher and CEO Tunisia Scott announces the release of the 27th Edition of her business directory the Tennessee Minority Pages (TMP). This year’s issue focuses on the unstoppable rise of the entrepreneurial spirit of minority populations. TMP continues to recognize the diverse communities throughout the region with a goal of building bridges into the invaluable services of minority businesses.

Opening this edition is a profile of Dr. Min Wang, director of Wang Vision 3D Cataract and LASIK Center and world-renowned laser eye surgeon. Dr. Wang is also the co-founder of the Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group, an organization that provides support to diverse cultural and ethnic companies. “Dr. Wang is a perfect example of what represents the businesses featured in the Tennessee Minority Pages,” said Scott.

The twenty-seventh edition offers various articles about organizations, businesses, and people of importance throughout the state of Tennessee. “We truly believe that we are more than a directory, better than a magazine,” explained Scott. “The Tennessee Minority Pages offers both consumers and business owners not only access to products and services they need but also information that is exclusive to the reader.”

TMP articles of interest include:

  • An Urban League of Middle Tennessee Spotlight on 50 years of community development
  • A visit to Plaza Mariachi, Nashville’s new hotspot
  • Profiles of various Tennessee industry leaders
  • A spotlight on Beauty Queen Lashan Mathews Dixon.
  • And much more!


To download a free copy of the 27th Edition of the Tennessee Minority Pages visit To pick up a copy a list of distribution locations can be found at


About the Tennessee Minority Pages


Tennessee Minority Pages is the premier vehicle for Minority businesses to bridge the gap and cross-pollinate our rich, vibrant businesses with one another. The pages of TMP will be filled with the restaurants, community organizations, health and beauty and hundreds of other organizations that make up the melting pot that is the new and improved, diverse Middle Tennessee community! To learn more visit

WAKO Team USA and Team Canada Kickboxing Comes to Nashville

On Saturday September 30th the organization American K-1 Kickboxing promotions hosted a World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO). Patrons enjoyed an international competition in Nashville, TN. The event packed them in and drew even more productive, positive light to the city and Mid-State. The United States National K-1 Kickboxing Team battled the Canadian National K-1 Kickboxing team at Tennessee State University’s Kean Hall.

The event got even better as one of the Music City’s own took center stage, representing the sport here in his hometown. The main event of the evening featured Nashville’s own, TSU graduate Omari Boyd (aka “The Body Snatcher”) and the undefeated Canadian kickboxing champion Adam Weber.

Boyd recently made history and became the first American kick boxer to medal at the World Games by securing the Bronze for the United States this July in Poland. This event featured 12 bouts, 5 main card with 7 undercard bouts including the highly-anticipated match-up between Pan-American kickboxing champion Royelle Gogins (out of Memphis, TN) as well as the Mixed Martial Arts National Champion Brittney Cloudy from St. Louis, MO.

This matchup of the top female athletes was one bout that stole the show! Various top athletes from six different local martial arts schools were on display competing.” I am very proud of the athletes that will be competing”, stated Rob Zbilski, President WAKO USA.

The Live Pay Per View (PPV) stream for the event was provided by Developed Over Coffee Productions (DOCP) and with United Fighting Alliance it will be broadcasted to over 110 million homes. OPACO International is the event’s main sponsor. The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations or WAKO is the largest international organization of kickboxing, and the governing body of Amateur kickboxing sport certified by SportAccord.

It was formed of two organizations: WAKO for amateur sports and WAKO PRO for professional sports. Besides holding world championships, WAKO sanctions the champions of kickboxing in six rule styles. WAKO holds a world championship every two years, with youth (18 and under) and adult categories (18–45) and on separate years only national teams are accepted.

Each member country can present only one competitor in each weight class. Competitors are commonly the national champion of their weight class in that particular kickboxing style. Many are officially recognized by their National Olympic Committees or Ministry of Sports. WAKO is leading the effort for kickboxing to receive International Olympic recognition.

WAKO National promoter Kevin Walker added “Nashville is the perfect home for Team USA Kickboxing events. It’s a great location and we have the best fans. We also have the top kick boxer in America, the Titans, and the Predators.

We have the Sounds and Music City USA and we considered to be the it city.” WAKO Team USA online platforms are on various Social Media outlets to follow or check out the official website:

Nashville NAACP Membership Luncheon was a phenomenal success

Recently, the Nashville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) solidified their effort, to show unity across multiple generations and backgrounds. This was done by hosting the ‘Coming Together…Unity in Action’ Life Membership Luncheon at the Cal Turner Family Center at Meharry Medical College. During the event, local leaders were recognized for their significant commitment to unifying the Nashville community.

Recognitions included four President’s Awards to recipients;  Nancy Nichols, Don Majors, Dr. Blondell Strong Kimbrough and Gordon Larkins. As well as four Legacy Awards, those recipients included; Rosetta Miller Petty, Walter Searcy, Ben Rechter and Isaac Addae .  Dr. Charles E. Kimbrough received the Medal of Honor to Judge Richard Dinkins.

Ludye Wallace

Each award given represented the highest honor and esteem granted for the recipients’ tireless work within the community and beyond.  The President’s Award is presented to a member of the Nashville Branch who has gone above and beyond to support and perpetuate the work of the organization, in the past year.

Legacy Awards are given to an individual who creates positive, impactful change and a measurable difference within the greater Nashville community.  This individual should exemplify the tenets of the NAACP. To ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The Dr. Charles E. Kimbrough Medal of Honor is presented to an individual who has an established history of dedication to the protection, advancement and/or promotion of all people, while exhibiting leadership and providing inspiration to those around them, within a specific organization or the community at-large.

The program included performances by Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s Praise Team, Mr. Miles Slay and Ms. Tyler Samuel. The event garnered significant support from various areas of the community. Sponsors included Belmont University, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Meharry Medical College, Doctors. James & Phyllis Hildreth, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Vice Mayor David Briley, Giarratana Nashville, duGard Communications, R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, Nashville General Hospital, DVL Seigenthaler, Bill Freeman, Citizens Bank, Tennessee Minority Pages (TMP)  and American Baptist College.

Ludye Wallace, President of the Nashville NAACP Branch sated: “Seeing everyone, today, demonstrated that Nashville has the heart and desire to be a unified city. With multiple generations represented, we heard how important it is that we speak truth to one another and that we encourage our youth to continue the fight for the advancement of all people.  We stood together, today, in what is the first of several actionable steps towards a unified Nashville.