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Are You Almost Famous?


So many of us are Myspaced, Facbooked and Linkedin but are you Almost Famous? I know it sounds like a trick question for your rising icons but Almost is the newest interactive social networking site that merges the popularity of talent competitions with online networking capabilities. The site was created by three Miami-based college students: Tedd Bernard, his older brother, Seraphin Bernard, and their good friend, Jon Barchan. Friends since childhood, these three guys later joined forces to become successful business partners each bringing special attributes to this creative “cyber-community”. Tedd serves as the business mind behind the site. This is no surprise as when he was 16, Tedd co-founded Young Minds Educational Program, (a nonprofit organization aimed at building the self esteem of youth through academic and creative after school programs). As executive director, he innovated development initiatives, managed volunteers and successfully raised funding to support the program.

Younger brother Seraphin, a graduate of the Pratt Institute of Art & Design in New York, initially served as the company’s creative director. His accomplished background has him credited with a grounded skill in graphic design and commercial print production, making decisions relating to the company’s image and branding. He has also worked on projects for the Carson Realty Group, Simmons Jewelry Collection, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Howard R. Miller Communications and Duany, Plater, Zyberk & Co., just to name a few. An unfortunate accident last summer in South Africa caused Seraphin to vanish. Despite the tragic accident, Seraphin’s vision and art direction is still recognized in Almost Famous and its creative development.

Because the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, Jon learned the fundamentals of work ethic and building a business from the ground up early on. His father, also an entrepreneur has owned several successful companies in South Florida. So, Jon’s passion for business came natural and soared to new heights upon meeting the two Bernard brothers. His first-hand knowledge of running a company became highly applicable when upholding the title the Chief Operating Officer of Almost Famous.

The site is new, easy to join and a great way to become Almost Famous. You can create personalized profile pages to display your unique vocal, acting, modeling or sports-related talent. The site offers new contest, casting calls, vendors & products available to users. And it also has features AF Radio (coming soon), an exclusive online “radio station” and a retail store filled with exclusive merchandise.

So what are you waiting for…Sign up!

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A Project for the People: Elianna Lev


Writers hold the intense power of having their words effectively craft an interesting synopsis to lock the readers in, while sticking to the facts. At times an even bigger feat is satisfying the subject whose story they’re telling. In February of this year, 29 year old Elianna Lev launched the People’s Program Project. PPP is a podcast devoted to storytelling; interestingly showcasing the story behind the story. Here’s the break down, “Ultimately, I want my podcast to be about people’s stories. It’s never been a vanity project and I certainly hope it doesn’t come across as one. So that’s where the “People” part comes in… I wanted my podcast to have a program kind of feel rather than be abstract and sloppy. I try to keep it under half an hour, include an introduction at the beginning and a goodbye at the end…finally, the “Project” part is put in there because it is a project – a lot of work is put into it and it’s constantly evolving,” said Lev.

She attests to two collaborations that assisted in the success of this project. The first with musician and filmmaker Aaron Beckum, who for the first eight episodes created the music for the podcast. Secondly, she conveys the mere fact that people have the open-mindedness and are comfortable to let her into their stories, is all the help and satisfaction she needs. ” They’re doing most of the work in getting up the courage to recount their stories and share them so eloquently. All I’m doing is the technical stuff, like editing, adding music and uploading it.”  Additionally, her work with the Canadian press and Vice,  national story in the Globe and Mail featuring Nike and skateboarding, and freelancing for CBC Radio 3 have created a platform for her journalistic competency.

When asked who pushed her in the right lane to success,  she mentioned This American Life and CBC director, Steve Pratt who encouraged her to “give the format a try.”  Currently while in Vancouver, Canada, Elianna is working on several projects but is most involved in one that surrounds talented women. She expressed that she encourages young people to stick to what they want to do. “The way I see it is that we spend a whole lot of time working to live. It’s so important to me to make that time valuable. It’s always been a priority to love what I do for a living. Hating your job sucks. Also, believe in your work. The cliche is so true: You’re your own worst critic. Don’t let that critic take you down,” says Elianna.

Check out her blog at and feel free link up with her if you have a story at

It May Not be Twitter but You Can Still Follow FBE


FBE will be attending this event in support of our fellow entrepreneur/designer Dana Maxx and her collection. Stay tuned for the post fashion show highlights and interview with Ms. Dana Maxx! Maybe we’ll see you there…

The YES in Success

My good friend Louis Lautman sent me this link to an up coming movie that he produced called “theYESmovie.” The movie surrounds the incredibly successful lives of young jet setters who have turned their dreams into millions. Stay tuned for the exclusive interview with Mr. Lautman himself to find out how you can become apart of the YES movement. Enjoy!

High Fashion for Children: Saurette


In March 2009, clothing line Saurette hit the fashion scene with it’s new Spring collection. Though you may love Saurette’s sophisticated styles and “empire waistlines”, if you’re over 12 years of age, you probably won’t be able to fit their sizes. Saurette is created to give a more contemporary and refreshing means to dressing little girls like little ladies. “I think modern parents want their children to look as good as they do,” said Lisa Kanouse, creative director and founder of Saurette. “I wanted to offer parents fashion options that respected their tastes and that of their children: Simple, elegant and modern.” Lisa began her career in fashion as a freelance photo stylist for the Chicago Tribune and Marshall Fields. She later went on to buying and then had a 10 year career in product development, creating and producing women’s collections for company’s like Saks Off 5th and Macy’s. Saurette has already gained consumers such as Kathy Hilton, Tim Allen, and child star Madison Pettis. You can find this exquisitely adorable line across the nation in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Canada, and Puerto Rico. As well as on-line at,, and tuttibella. Want to know more about Saurette? Log on to or contact Lisa herself at or 646-729-3528

5 Tips For Your Young Money


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While searching the net, I came across an article of tips that fit perfectly for the FBENOW viewers. With some assistance from, here’s a quick rundown on how to keep your young money stable and affluent, especially with today’s economy:

 1. Don’t Stretch Yourself Too Thin

Basically if it’s too hot, then don’t be afraid to get out of the kitchen.  Don’t be afraid to take some time off if you’re feeling financially or mentally pressured by your business venture. Do whatever is needed to relax your mind and balance your responsibilities.

2.  Do What You Love But…

“They say, if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life,” says Susanto. Essentially meaning that if you go into business based on something you love (which you should) still make sure that it is something you can financially benefit from in the long run. The harder you work, the more money you’re bound to make. Be sure to find a “smart” way to balance the two.

3. Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Being young can sometimes be the wrong instrument for “grand plans” and galaxy dreams, so make sure if you are beyond a simple innovator make sure your business plans are things you can follow through with. Don’t base your thoughts and actions on money alone. Find a median between tough life decisions and reality, most likely it will work out for the best.

4. Stay on the Right Side of the Law

Money makes the world go round’, right? Right, but to insure that you’re not spending your total earnings on legal fees make sure to brand your company. “Take the necessary steps, in your country, to register your business, submit necessary reports to financial authorities etc. Numerous, potential successes have been ruined by their ignorance or disregard of this fact,” says Susanto. The law is the law and its not worth throwing all your hard work and profit down the drain for things that could have been easily resolved.

5.  Youth Is Your Advantage

As young people we have the ability to think above and beyond very easily. While others before us may be stuck in an isolated time capsule, we’re thinking up ways to reinvent old things and make them new. In essence, being young greatly works in your favor. “When you look at history, most of the biggest companies today started when there was nothing else like it. That’s why they were so successful, they beat the competition to it!When you discover the perfect niche on your own, the possibilities for growth, and advancement, are endless. Further, even when competition comes knocking, you will already have the experience that they don’t, and a solid customer base, whose trust you have earned,” says Susanto.

For more information about these tips or any other pertaining to your young money, check out

In the Swing of Things

Some may think that if it’s not in the context of mentioning Tiger Woods, golf and African Americans don’t have much in common. But gradually over the years there have been drastic strides in making golf a sport that black celebrities and communities alike excel in just like any other sport. More so, inspired young people are changing the face of the game. 18 year old, Amber Peden is a shining example of this fact.

Born and raised in Detroit, MI by her grandparents, Amber grew up surrounded by negativity and saw that negativity portrayed even more in the media. In exchange, she decided to excel in school, graduating valedictorian of her class and aspired to attend a rigorously academic college. While in high school she was co-captain of her swim team and captain of her golf team. Highly involved in the game of golf, Amber has joined an organization geared towards young African American golfers known as Midnight Golf. There she has met influential mentors, earned scholarships, learned great communication skills, and met many business professionals. In 2007, she had the opportunity to participate in a PGA (Professional Golf Association) commercial shoot in Chicago. “It was a great experience; I had my own chair, makeup and met PGA pros!” says Amber. Currently, she is a student at Kalamazoo College, majoring in Chemistry. “I enjoy playing golf and networking with people on the course. God is the head of my life and I believe that I have a purpose. I am passionate about science and African studies. My ultimate goal is to work in the medical field, perhaps in Africa.” This past Fall she will study abroad in Kenya for 6 months.

Be on the lookout for this rising star and if you have any questions for her, hit her up via email at