Past

host

Kéla walker
@Kelawaker
host

Emmy-Nominated TV Host & Producer

Past

PANELISTS

KAREN CIVIL
@KARENCIVIL
panelist

Media Maven, Author & Philanthropist

Ebony “Wondagurl” Oshunrinde 
@wondagurl
 
panelist

Grammy Nominated Producer 

janet jackson
@janetjacksonhairstylist
panelist

Award Winning Celebrity HairStylist & Beauty Expert

Samantha clarke 
@samanthaclarke
panelist

Award Winning & Celebrity Photographer

Samantha clarke 
@samanthaclarke
panelist

Award Winning & Celebrity Photographer

Past

djS

Kéla walker
@Kelawaker
host

Media Maven & Lifestyle Authority 

Seven-time Emmy-nominated TV host & producer, Kéla Walker is a multi-talented media personality. As an authentic storyteller, Kéla has leveraged her talents to cultivate a highly engaged tribe of nearly 100K+ "Kéla's Kuties" across her social media platforms who see her as the “bestie in my head”.

 

Identified by ESSENCE Magazine as a tastemaker and "It Girl," Kéla has established herself as an authority within the fashion and social community, with a passion to ENTERTAIN, CONNECT, and INSPIRE. Championing her famous “KélaVie” lifestyle, she strikes a balance between hard work, fitness and play to inspire others to make their dreams a reality and live their best life.

 

When not producing content for notable media outlets like BET, Getty or E! News and hosting red carpet events such as the Tony Awards, the Met Gala or the BET Awards, Kéla curates authentic content for leading consumer brands, keeping her audience craving more of her #BookedBusyBlessed life with every post! Follow @KelaWalker across platforms to join her expanding and inspiring community. 

KAREN CIVIL
@KARENCIVIL
panelist

CEO, Author & Digital Media Maven

Karen Civil is one of the most recognizable forces in entertainment. As a global marketing content creator, she has developed powerful influence in culture and bridged the gap between brand powerhouses and mainstream artists over the years. Raised in a traditional family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Karen Civil first developed an interest in the impact of social media by cultivating online communities through a popular fan site for superstar boy band The Backstreet Boys. She later turned her unique passion into a professional avenue when she landed an internship with HOT 97’s DJ Funkmaster Flex by way of Angie Martinez’s second annual apprentice contest.

 

Given her success in furthering Flex’s online presence exponentially, she continued to unite hip-hop with digital media by shaping artists brands at Asylum Records. There, she solidified herself as a valuable, need-to-know player in the entertainment space, a reputation that served as a launching pad for her own digital platform for exclusive interviews, entertainment news and artist growth, KarenCivil.com

 

Lil Wayne took notice of Karen Civil and appointed her to create a direct stream of communication with his fans in the midst of legal issues. In 2010, she launched weezythanxyou.com, which not only sustained the rapper’s popularity in his absence, but also helped land his seventh studio album Rebirth at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums Billboard charts.

 

Due to her achievements with Lil Wayne, Karen Civil was hired by Beats By Dre, where she worked for six years as Digital Marketing Director and cemented the company’s digital reach to over seven million. Later, she leveraged her marketing savvy and ability to connect with multicultural audiences into unprecedented brand partnerships with Carol’s Daughter, Forbes, New Era and CoverGirl. 

 

Most importantly, she has expanded her outreach under her Live Civil imprint. Through boundless passion and resources, Karen Civil has become a humanitarian for charitable causes that specifically benefit children, women of color and Haiti, where she founded the Live Civil school and playground in 2015 for her 30th birthday. To further build awareness of the Live Civil brand and to provide everyday tools for empowerment and entrepreneurship, Karen self-published her first book, “Be You & Live Civil: Tools for Unlocking Your Potential & Living Your Purpose.” The motivational guide has sold over 300,000 copies and spawned a 40-city tour across the globe. 

 

Today, the prominent businesswoman has helped shape careers, curate experiences and emphasize the digital impact for Nipsey Hussle, YG, Jeezy, Nicki Minaj, Dave East, Andre Berto, Pusha T and Nick Cannon. Along with her undeniable influence in entertainment, her reach has expanded into the political sphere as she became an integral part of the social media marketing campaign and official rally host for 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 

 

For her unceasing achievements, professional leadership and providing some of the most impressive moments in culture, Karen Civil has become synonymous with innovative thinking and positive results. In 2015, she was a speaker at the White House honoring eleven young women for Champions of Change. MTV named her one of 2010’s MVPs and The New Yorker dubbed her as the girl who made Hillary Clinton cool. She has landed additional features in Billboard, Forbes, Black Enterprise, CNN and in several other well-respected publications.

janet jackson
@janetjacksonhairstylist
panelist

Award Winning Celebrity HairStylist & Beauty Expert

Toronto-born Beauty Expert and Celebrity Hairstylist Janet Jackson - has gained many years of valuable experience in the Beauty Industry; that has been internationally recognized.

You've seen Janet on national TV shows such as The Social, The Marilyn Denis show, Cityline, and more. Simutaneously, Janet also works behind the scenes designing hair looks daily on Hosts and Celebrities such as Iman, Kim Fields, Rita Ora, Winnie Harlow, Tami Roman, Tracy Moore, The Hosts of - “The Social”, Keshia Chante, Miguel, Usher, and many more..

Janet is the Owner of "JouJou Hair Studio" – her salon of 15 years; where she mentors new and upcoming artists to be at the forefront of the Beauty Trade.

Janet is known for her work as a conceptual hair stylist and beauty expert; highly sought after in music, entertainment, fashion, and advertising industry for her outstanding work. Impeccable attention to detail, paired with enviable creative vision, has made Ms. Jackson into one of the most in-demand hairstylists today.

 

In all these Janet's drive, passion and contributions in all arenas has put her at the fore front of the Canadian Beauty Industry   

Visit her website joujouhairstudio.com or

janetjacksonhairstylist.com to learn more.

Ebony “Wondagurl” Oshunrinde 
@wondagurl
 
panelist

Grammy Nominated Producer

WondaGurl became a protege of Boi-1da and often works with Travis Scott. WondaGurl sent a beat to Drake via Instagram, which landed two placements, "Used To" and "Company," featuring an co-produced by Travis Scott, on Drake's mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late. WondaGurl also sent a beat to Travis Scott, who passed it on to Jay Z, which became the song "Crown."

WondaGurl has worked with other major artists and produced the Top 40 hit single "Antidote" by Travis Scott, which was co-produced by Eestbound. WondaGurl would go on to sign Eestbound to her label imprint, becoming her first artist. In addition she was featured in the Music category of Forbes 30 under 30 and she is one of the youngest ladies to add production to a platinum-selling hip hop album.

Samantha clarke 
@samanthaclarke
panelist

Award Winning & Celebrity Photographer

Samantha Clarke is a lawyer and an award-winning international photographer from Toronto. She was recently recognized as the ByBlacks Photographer of the Year and was also awarded the Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur award in 2016. She has photographed over 200 wedding and portrait commissions, in destinations across North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

Samantha’s portfolio boasts over 75 publications since 2011 in prestigious media outlets including EBONY, Essence, Wedluxe, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Samantha was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2015 and has practiced employment and disability law in Toronto. Despite the responsibilities of her business, Samantha is a mentor and educates within the creative community through workshops, coaching, and her online YouTube channel.

Visit her website at samantha-clarke.com to learn more.

dj lissa monet
@heylissamonet
 
dj

Award Winning & Celebrity DJ

Lissa's first few years as a DJ didn't come easy. Being the only female in a male dominated industry, Lissa knew she has female in a male dominated industry, Lissa knew she had a lot to prove. Using some gems that she picked up for her degree in business marketing and along with he obsession with html, Lissa used social media sites like Myspace and Facebook to create a following. It was her Myspace profile and self taught knowledge about social media that landed her a job in the marketing department at Myspace Canada. 

There's no mistaking, DJ Lissa Monet rocks parties. And although she's somewhat selective of the events she spins at, she's pretty versatile and open minded about the events she is hired for. Lissa has been influenced by such musical legends as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Aaliyah, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Hall & Oates mixed along with music from her caribbean upbringing and a unique passion for reading album liner notes.

Visit her website at lissamonet.com to learn more.

 
DJ STEPH HONEY
@djstephhoney
 
DJ

DJ  & Connoisseur of Sound

While being a music lover is one thing, being a connoisseur of sound, as the best DJs are, is another thing altogether. DJ Steph Honey is both. She brings with her a sense of style and taste that can be felt in every element of her professional life. She knows that the DJ’s job goes beyond mixing and matching. It goes beyond playing what is most trendy, most hip, or most mainstream. Her job, and her utmost delight, is finding and presenting sounds that transport the listener into a world of pleasure they know they want, but which only she can deliver. Such is the alchemy of the DJ. Such is the talent of DJ Steph Honey, the one woman you need when you want music to sound like magic again.

Visit her website at djstephhoney.com to learn more. 

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