One Spark and the Power of Social Media

One Spark was amazing this past week in Jacksonville. I love when innovative and creative people gather together in my city, great things happen. When exciting people gather, social media always plays its role. I’m a big social media person, it’s in my blood as a journalist and writer. When I saw the stats from One Sparks social media campaign I was blown away. The numbers were pretty decent for less than a weeks time.

I’m sharing this article because it goes to show, how powerful social media can be in creating conversation among the public. I’m always amazed at how social media sets the stage for what’s “trending.” One Spark was no exception. Kudos to their social media team. Maybe next year I might join them.

 Be One Spark Blog Post “Millions Join the One Spark Conversation”

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Sweet Treats: Cupcake Mafia

Alex McClain:

I love quirky and funky fashion that goes there. Cupcake Mafia is the epitome of this. I love the edginess but girliness of it. I wish they had more boutiques like this in my city. Had to reshare, cause if my blog had a fashion line Cupcake Mafia would be it. #fashion #style #nittygritty

Originally posted on Nai's Visions:

You all should know that I am a HUGE fan of unique boutiques that carry signature products that are quick to catch the eye. I have been a long time admirer of today’s featured online boutique for quite some time and I am amazed at the growth of the overall brand. I am talking about none other than, as the title suggests, Cupcake MafiaThis brand was founded by a Fashionista by the name of Mz. Skittlez and she has consistently shown that women in fact do rock when it comes down to remaining stylish while maintaining business affairs. She is a self proclaimed “fashion addict” but not only that, she is also a celebrity stylist in addition to being the CEO of Cupcake Mafia. With her a sense of style, it’s a no brainer why Cupcake Mafia has thrive beautifully over the past few years:

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Singalese Twist Pin-up Mohawk Style

I did a spoken word show this past weekend and I wanted to do something fun with my hair, so this is the style that I came up with. I’m not sure what to officially call it, but it’s singalese twist, pinned into a mohawk with pin-curls. (For those who don’t know, my natural hair is cut in a mohawk, which is why I only did the twist in the center.) I used regular kanekalon hair and then burned the ends so they would stay. ( I would suggest dipping them in water instead, burning tends to make the ends frizz more, but hot water keeps them sealed better.) Not sure how long I will keep this style. I like to change things up. A week ago the center of my hair was straight! So who knows.

#naturalhair #pinup #twist (p.s. I have an instagram now…I know I know..I’ve sucombed to the peer pressure of society. Anywho, feel free to stay updated with me and PopKultur3: @ampopkultur3) 

collage twist pin up style

Breaking Free, April 13th


Coming soon, 10 days and counting Breaking Free: Spoken Word hosted by your’s truly(Alex McClain, Quiet Storm) and 2 fellow poets: Meagan Gooden (Vision) and Kemust Sims (Conviction). Please come out and support the show on April 13th at 6:oopm. Admission is only $5 and a can good for ages 18 and up.

We look forward to sharing our testimonies through our words of poetry so that they may be a blessing to those that hear them. Please keep up to date with us on our Facebook Event page: Breaking Free: Spoken Word. Everyday until the show we’ll be sharing a scripture on spiritual freedom in God and testimonies of personal experiences with breaking free. We are also encouraging others who visit the page to leave a comment of their testimonies in hopes that it blesses others who read it.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone come out and hopefully being able to give them a show they won’t forget and one they will enjoy. We hope that at the end of all of this, let it be done for the Lord’s glory and not our own. The Lord has only chosen to use us as vessels.

TONIGHT, TONIGHT TONIGHT!! We’re giving another sneak preview of the show at The Ritz open mic downtown. Admission is free and the show starts at 7pm. Come out and support us if you can. We also appreciate all the love and support that we received on Monday at our performance during Verbal Essence, held every Monday at Three Layers Cafe in Springfield.

—–What will you break free from?



OOTD: Mixing Prints

Alex McClain:

Reposting this look from a fellow WordPress blogger. Love the mixing of prints. It’s often a trend that takes confidence to pull off. When I see it done well, it excites the fashionista in me! Nai’s Vision’s OOTD puts me in the mindset of a mild spring day. Loving the bright yellow, wishing and hoping for the sun to stay shining! #Spring #mixedprints #sunShine #happyDay #humpday #OOTD

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Today was absolutely beautiful…and W A R M! I am originally from Tallahassee, Florida and you can only imagine how much I despise cold weather lol. During the time that I was out and about, it was around 75 degrees but with a slight breeze so the weather was balanced. The sun was shining beautifully and I was in heaven. I decided to try something a little different with my outfit choice and I contribute that to the fact that it’s a brand new month. I woke up feeling great and ready for the new beginnings that will possibly take place this month so I decided to step outside of my comfort zone today. 

I stopped by Sally Beauty Supply and picked up some Jamaican Black Castor Oil – Coconut Oil as well today so I’m excited to begin incorporating that into my hair regimen soon! 

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#stripes #pastel #Spring


I’m learning more is less and I love it. <3

One Spark 2014 Creators List

One Spark is 13 days aways!  PopKultur3 has officially began the countdown. I hope everyone is excited about the creators; those who are returning and those who are new. I can’t wait to see Downtown Jacksonville come alive with all the creativity and excitement.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Who will you vote for?

I’ve included the link for the list of creators for this years’ festival. Take your time and browse the list and share in a comment on who’s your favorite creator.

One Spark 2014 Creators List

Also, be sure to keep up with what’s happening by visiting the One Spark website and One Spark Blog.


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