The Talent

Chef Yealang 

Yealang Smith, is a successful and Award winning Chef who grew up in Los Angeles, California.  She has been interested in food at an early age and started to cook when she was 6 years old. She learned how to cook and was taught safety techniques by her baby sitter and mom. Since her mom was a single parent and student, Yealang wanted to have food ready when [...]

Johanne Civil

Rare, beautiful, and more mysterious than their off-white counterparts, black pearls are recognized by many cultures as a symbol of wisdom, wealth, and prosperity. It is no wonder Johanne Civil named her community of entrepreneurial women of color The Black Pearl Collective.  Its members embody the drive, imagination, and professionalism that spawned the org[...]