Monday, 9 June 2014

BCQ 2014 Highlights!!!

What an amazing experience I had at the first-ever Black Canadian Awards this past weekend! It was so thrilling to be a Beauty Pageant contestant representing Saskatoon, SK and being honoured for my local community involvement!

Follow along with me and view the highlights of the night below:

Here I am in the dressing room of the "Queen Elizabeth Theater" getting ready for the pageant, we can call this my "Before Picture":

Also got my hair done in this original twisted up-do by hairstylist Leticia Hayton of Beauty Time! Loved it!!! #sograteful 

With the help of talented make-up artists and other behind the scenes magic, this "After picture" was produced: 

I am in love withe the crown's design #glitterandsparkle

Our grand entrance into the event:

Fellow inspiring contestants:

Back-stage conversations with presenters and contestants as well as I was excited to meet mayoral hopeful Olivia Chow, as far as I'm concerned she will become the next mayor of Toronto #watchandwait

Photo Credit: Mitchel Raphael
#BringBackOurGirls tribute on-stage with Olivia Chow and fellow community activists 

Photo Credit: Mitchel Raphael
The beauty on my left won the "Humanitarian Award" and I won the "Most Accomplished" based on the following highlights:
  • Raised over $4400 in in-kind sponsorships and private donations through the "Go Fund Me" campaign (surpassing my goal of $1000 and totaling $1070 in 26 days)
  • Promoted the Black Canadian Awards event and pageant involvement through various social media channels including this Official site, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube
  • Live Guest appearances on "The Chonilla Network" and "The Lori and Cher Show" podcasts as part my pageant campaign

Pics with my supporters:

After party-outfit sponsored by Roxanne Woodley, owner of Tonic and Farminista brands and Dr. Dolores Sandoval, my mentor:

I would also like to give SPECIAL THANKS to all of my sponsors and supporters for their on-going guidance and inspiration, it's with a strong network that one is able to persevere and succeed in obtaining their goals!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Pageant Platform: Employment Resources for Today's Black Woman

Check out my new video produced by Leerox Technology as part of my pageant platform presentation segment of the pageant competition! Here I demonstrate how the issues of underemployment and business ownership affect black women and the Saskatoon resources available to assist them professionally:

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sissy that Walk - Chonilla Podcast!

I had the glorious opportunity to join podcast hosts Sherley and Clove on The Chonilla Network, as a special guest!!!! These two sponsors have been so supportive throughout my campagin!

Take a listen to this 1 hour long radio show aired Friday May 23rd, 2014:
There are some amazing highlights throughout the show:

  •  Mentioned aspects of the Black Canadian Awards and beauty pageant (at beginning and 54:40 min mark)
  • Congratulations to The Chonilla Network Podcast on their 4 year anniversary!!! 
  • I answer pageant-style interview questions from the hosts #ohmynerves
  • Discussion on "if you could meet anyone for dinner who would it be?" Maya Angelou (interestingly enough this aired a few days before she passed! RIP, such a wise woman) at 30min mark

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

You can join me LIVE on The Lori and Cher Show!!!

Hi all:

I have the fantastic opportunity to be a part of a budding new Google Hangout show called The Lori and Cher Show!!! These two hosts are cousins who have a love for celebrity news, current events and all things awesome! It doesn't get any better than that:)

I will be joining these two ladies along with other guests for some "Hot Topics" and discussion about the Black Canadian Awards and my involvement with the Black Canadian Queen Pageant.

We are going to be on Google Hangouts streamed through YouTube. Check it out and don't forget to LIKE/TWEET/COMMENT/SHARE!!!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Black Canadian Queen Journey!

Hi all:  

What a wild ride 2014 has been, especially since a lot of my time has been spent promoting my Black Canadian Queen pageant campaign! It is getting close to the event date (June 7th) and I am getting to the end of my campaign, but I am giving one last PUSH! Here are ways to assist me in reaching my goals:

1)  DONATING to my Go Fund Me account (Special thanks to those who have!) There is just 12 hours left!!! 

2)  VOTING! for me as the Best Black Canadian Queen (Voting ends June 3rd 12am)

3)  VIEWING/LISTENING/SHARING my latest BCQ promotion on Spreecast with Chonilla (I come on at the 37min mark)

4)  VIEWING/SHARING/COMMENTING/LIKING my YouTube video  (Currently at 150 views!!!!) and also my social media links:

Also you can use the following hastags:  #blackcanadians #blackcanadianqueen #BCA2014Thank-you, your support is GREATLY appreciated!  

Monday, 19 May 2014

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! for Me as your Black Canadian Queen 2014

There are about 18 days left till the Black Canadians Awards/Pageant!!! By casting your vote on the Black Canadians site, you can help me get one step closer to my dream!

Just click here and choose my full name "Josephine Mensah" and include your email address. Voters are able to vote twice a day with the same address!

Thanks for the support and don't forget to share this page with your network:)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Support my "Go Fund Me" Campaign!!!

I hope to raise $1000+ by Sunday May 25th at midnight! #blackcanaidanawards #blackcanadianqueen #BCA2014

Your support is greatly appreciated:)