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The 2014 Black Business Women Rock!
By Yanique Johnson, Contributing Writer
Published November 21, 2014

Rosa Johnson, Founder & CEO of Pearls Academy Inc. received the Black Business Women Rock Award for her work in the community.

Photo by Brian W. Carter

Conference Rocked Los Angeles!

The 2014 Black Business Women Rock conference was full of networking, speakers, food, door prizes and plenty of shopping for Black women from across the city. Hosted by Toastmaster International President, Mr. Anthony Penn, there were many topics discussed like “Investing in our Children”, “Gaining Capital to Invest” and even a tribute to the late Dr. Maya Angelou.

The theme this year was “Who Are You When The Curtain Falls?” and was addressed by all of the guest speakers. These speakers included the Founder & CEO of Diva Locks Hair Extension – Katrina Caldwell, Coffeepreneur Dur’Lene Escobar and Comedienne/Actress/Writer Courtney Black. Spoken word artist Tasha Auset recited some of her original poetry as well as a tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Anita Turner, a renowned educator and program director of the LA Urban Teacher Residency Program gave 10 characteristics of a Black woman who rocks, fitting in with the theme of the conference.

West Coast stockbroker Richard Downer, who is the First Vice President & Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley, spoke about the importance of saving for college. Author Lisa Williams gave tips on how to write & publish a book. Attendees also heard from real estate expert Kenny Walker from Carrington Real Estate Services based out of Long Beach. YTB Champion and national trainer, Ms. Arlyne Thompson spoke about her role as an international VP Sales Director for a major travel company. Ms. Coralean Chavis from IRestore encouraged everyone to work on improving their credit. Spiritual Author/Psychologist Dr. Tashion Macon spoke about conscious consumerism and the importance of commitment to our own culture. Award winning shooter and photographer Kawai Matthews, producer at Air Philosophy Studios, talked about using multi-generational platforms to excel in business. Her impressive portfolio of clients range from Kanye West to Angela Bassett, making Ms. Matthews an expert on photography and entrepreneurship.

The evening concluded with a keynote address from BBWR Founder Ms. Natalyn Randle-Matthews and the presentation of the Black Business Women Rock Award. This award was given to Black business owner Rosa Johnson, Founder & CEO of Pearls Academy Inc., based out of Inglewood, CA. Ms. Johnson has demonstrated her leadership through her commitment to mentoring young girls in the African American community.


Black Business Women Rock! works to increase the network and net worth of Black Business Women around the world. They aim to be a resourceful part of the business community and provide networking opportunities for experienced entrepreneurs, business professionals & creatives from various industries.

For more information about the Black BusinessWomen Rock! conference, please visit their website at

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