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  • 20 Jul 2017 1:50 AM | Delores Thornton

    Marguerite Press presents a writer's workshop by Delores Thornton.  Saturday, August 26th from 10a - 12noon.  Location:  A&P Complex - 55 S. State Ave. For authors, aspiring writers, and other literary entrepreneurs interested in marketing, branding and promotion. From Delores Thornton the Queen of Promotion. All for $20.00 secure your spot today! Contact info: delores910@yahoo.com.

  • 30 Jun 2017 7:08 PM | NICKIYA BROWN (Administrator)

    Quite often I get calls from excited clients that want to go on vacation. They enjoy talking about all the places on the infamous “bucket list”. Once all the qualifying questions are asked and the data is tallied, then comes “this is too expensive!”


    So what does it really cost to go on a vacation?????


    You can find several articles all over the web and in print covering this subject. It basically breaks down that the average American spends about $1200 per person for a standard 5-7 day vacation give or take. Honestly. It really depends on where and when you travel, how many people are in your travel group and your expectations. 


    Travelers love to say they want the cheapest option but they want that option to be a 5 star rated vacation.  As I like to say you can’t have Champaign taste on a welfare budget! It is very true that you get what you pay for.  When devising a budget for a vacation, you first have to ask yourself, “What kind of vacation do I want?” Then make sure your budget matches the vacation you can afford to have. There is no need to go into debt just to get away. With all the stressors in our lives today, we don’t want to add to it.  And don’t assume that traveling on a budget takes away from a fantastic enjoyable vacation. Through the 19 years that I was a single parent, I found ways to make trips with my children that fit into my budget. No my lights didn’t get cut off or bills didn’t get paid.  For me, travel was key to keeping my sanity. While I didn’t do it every year, I was still able to get away as far as Disney World in Florida on the tightest budget and still enjoy myself.


    So how do you really get started?



    Make a list. Actually make a couple of lists. The first one should be of all the places you want to visit. The next list should be of dates you can actually take a vacation. This one might be tricky if you have kids or others in your travel party.  One thing that drives travel agent nuts is a client who says “I just want to go sometime this year or sometime this summer …” We as agents are here to help you but we can’t make dates up.  When searching for your ideal vacation, a parameter has to be set which includes location and exact dates.  There are way too many factors to determine when it is the best time to travel. The more information you provide the easier it is for travel agents to pinpoint your best options. Honestly you know what you and your traveling party can do. Everyone has their own idea of what a great vacation is and those ideas are uniquely different. 

    Next think of what you want to do while there and any experiences or restaurants you must try while visiting.  If traveling in a group, make sure everyone is included on the process. We tend to think we all have the same ideas but you’ll find that you may not. Once you’ve got an idea of where and when you want to go, break down each component to determine how much you want to spend.

    A vacation consists of the following components:

    • Transportation

    • Accommodations

    • Activities

    • Food


    Transportation includes airfare, car rentals, transfers and local transportation. If you need all of those, that can be a hefty tag.  Decide on what forms of transportation you’re going to need for your vacation. Be sure not to forget about transfers to and from the airport or train station connecting to your accommodations.  I always check the accommodations I reserve for my clients to see if they offer any type of transportation especially if it’s free.  Don’t ever assume anything! You don’t want to be caught stuck at any location with only high priced options available.

    Expect to spend anywhere from $250-350 for a plane ticket per each person ages two and above. Understand this is just for budgeting purposes. There are fares that drop or above these amounts depending on location traveling to.  We are trying to achieve a starting point and stretch it to what you’re willing to pay.

    Car Rentals on the lowest end start at about $250 for about 5 days which equates to roughly $50 a day. If you are not a small car driver than think about adding $100+ to each level of upgrade you want to go. Again remember this is only a starting point and not true figures.

    Local transportation can be pretty inexpensive in most cases. I would just round up on your final overall budget to catch this into your pricing.


    Accommodations include resorts, hotels, bed and breakfast etc. Decide on what type of accommodations you prefer. Cheap does not always equal safe and clean. Think more of the star rating system than the price system.  The lower the star the worst the hotel will be and the lower the price will be. If you want quality, you will have to pay for it. Finding that happy medium comes with what you’re willing to pay.  This is where you really need to be specific in your needs. There a hundreds of thousands of hotel and resort options all over the world. Stating what is most important to you helps narrow that search down.  Each of your must haves more than likely will affect the price. I would say for nice a 3-4 star location with most of the general amenities plan to spend at least $120-180 per a night. Yes yes there are cheaper options but remember we are estimating a reasonable amount to spend on a nice and pleasant vacation.

    Things to think about when choosing a resort or hotel

    • Number of beds in a room

    • Separate rooms or privacy (a door or wall separating beds)

    • Close access to elevators, pools or parking lot

    • Handicap access

    • Free parking or transportation

    • Location


    Activities can be just about anything. Wonderful thing about activities is that they can be FREE! This is where that list comes in handy. One thing I like to do for my clients is try to find as many of the entertainment activities they want to experience at the most reasonable price. There is almost always more than one option available which means different pricing. Of course location is a big factor on what is available to do. It’s always a good idea to write down you're must do options first. We all want to maximize our limited time away.  I would say that this category can be anywhere from $100 – 800 per person. Large amusement park tickets are going to cost well over $200 per person for a week’s time.


    Food is an area you can adjust easily. If you have some unique experiences on your list, plan accordingly. Most vacations can include grocery shopping at reasonable prices. If you want that laid back option, all-inclusive options can be utilized even domestically.  I would say you can plan for about $50-100 a day give or take.

    Given the figures about, a family of four can expect to spend about $4800-5000 for a week of vacation. Also don’t forget about other expenses that may incur like passport fees, taxes and misc. fees incurred by airlines and resorts. The main thing to think about is that when you put your budget together, the goal is to come under the amount you are willing to spend. You want to be realistic and really put some thought into what you want to spend.  You can even go over your last vacation and try to piece together what you spent. What you may find is that you spent well over your current estimation.  There are definitely ways to cut cost. Be open and prepared for the available options and you will be able to find the experience that fits your needs.


    Traveling can be very rewarding. It creates life lasting memories. Be smart about getting there so you can fully enjoy the journey.  Come out to Just Ask Kiky's Sip, Shop & Travel event August 4th to learn more about how you can afford to travel and much more! Visit wwww.justaskkiky.com for details.



    Be sure to order your copy of Just Ask Kiky: A Single Parents Guide to Being Broke and Having a Social Life to learn more about saving options to help with planning your next trip. Visit www.justaskkiky.com to purchase!


    If you would like Just Ask Kiky to assist you with your next vacation, please contact me at




    Nickiya Brown

    Just Ask Kiky Owner, Author, Travel Agent

    A Colesville Travel Agent

    P.O. Box 681316

    Indianapolis, IN 46268



  • 12 Jun 2017 5:02 PM | Nicole Kearney

    Further Adventures in Traveling to Taste Black Wines

    By Nicole Kearney


    In April, I traveled to beautiful, fun and sunny Miami, Florida. Why do you ask? To be part of a first, the first Black Women in Wine celebration. Marcee Jones, owner of Urban Connoisseur organized and hosted the event. In advance of the event, Celebrity Chefs "Hit Squad" a team of five Black male chefs to the stars tasted 40 wines. Out of the 40, they selected six wines to pair with a six-course meal. Each food pairing would compliment the wine being served. A few dishes were even prepared using the wines.

    The six Black women winemakers chosen were Theodora Lee; Shae Frichette; Chrishon Lampley; Rhonda Russell; Dawna Darjean Jones and Sherrijon Gaspard. As each course was presented, wines poured and tasted, it was easy to understand how these six women and wines rose to the top. Each wine had a distinct profile that the food enhanced.

    The first wine poured was Theopolis Vineyards 2014 Yorkville Highlands Symphony created by Theodora Lee, know as Theo-patra, Queen of the vineyards. Symphony is a blend of Muscat and Grenache Gris, fermented in stainless steel, it has a floral nose, tastes of peaches and mangoes with a clean finish. It was paired with grilled scallops on a bed spinach accompanied by an edible orchid. Theopolis Vineyards located in Yorkville, California started in 2003, producing its first harvest in 2006. Theopolis Vineyard boasts three other award-winning varietals. They include 2015 Symphony; 2013 Estate Grown Petite Sirah, 2014 Rose' of Petite Sirah and 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir as well as 2015 Pinot Noir.  

    The second wine was Love Cork Screw’s Good Times Good Friends Pinot Grigio, created by Chrishon Lampley. Her Pinot Grigio is medium-bodied, flavorful wine with a crisp and clean apple and pear character. It was paired with gourmet mac and cheese. Love Cork Screw is based in Chicago, Illinois. However, Chrishon carefully selects grapes from various vineyards to give complexity, balance, and intensity of flavors. In doing so, she has created four other varietals; Touch the Sky Niagara, a white table wine; Head Over Heels Sweet American Riesling; Hard Knock Life Concord red table wine and We’re Moving On Up Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Third, was the sparkling and bubbly Vina Sympatica white varietal, created by Sherrijon Gaspard. The white Vina Sympatica bursts with flavor in your mouth, yet finishes dry and crisp. It was paired with Cajun shredded chicken over a bed of rice. Vina Sympatica is Southern California-based with two additional award-winning varietals of red and violet. While I have tasted Vina Sympatica previously, it was my distinct honor to sit at Ms. Gaspard's table and learn about her journey into sparkling wines.

    The fourth wine was 2014 Merlot Napa Valley created by Dawna Darjean Jones. The Merlot is a deep garnet color with intense fruit forward mouth-filling flavors of blackberry and boysenberry overtones, refined spices and velvety finish. It was paired with sauteed, sliced vegetable medley. Darjean Jones Wines, located in California sources its grapes from four vineyards; two in Sonoma and two in Napa Valley, two of the most well-known regions in California. They produce additional award-winning varietals of 2014 Cabernet Franc Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley, 2015 Viognier Russian River Valley and 2013 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast.

    The next wine was 2013 Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon created by Shae Frichette. The Cabernet Sauvignon on the nose had aromas of blackberry, cherry, plum, and baking spices. On the palate was dark blackberry, blueberry with a smidge of caramel on the finish. It was paired with grilled lollipop lamb with whipped sweet potatoes on the side. Frichette Winery located in Washington is family owned, limited production, crafting wines that showcase the best of Red Mountain and the Columbia Valley AVAs. They produce three additional varietals; 2015 Sauvignon Blanc; 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon; 2013 Merlot; 2013 Red Mountain Merlot and 2013 Red Mountain Reserve. 

    The final wine was That Southern Taste 2013 Syrah Rose created by Chef Rhonda Russell. The Syrah Rose is delicate and sparkling full of gentle raspberry, cherry and plum notes, both light and fresh with balanced sweetness and acidity. It was paired with a dessert of sherbert with a light cake. The dessert was infused with Theopolis Vineyards 2014 Rose' of Petite Sirah. Taste Collection Cellars is based in Houston. However, all of its grapes are sourced from Lodi, California where the wines are produced. The other five varietals, all named after members of Rhonda's family are; Vivian 2014 Chardonnay, Raymond 2012 Malbec, Jazzy 2012 Cabernet Franc, Henry 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel and Isabelle 2014 Sauvignon Blanc.

    The trip was one well worth it. I look forward to sharing the next adventure with you.

    Sip & Share Wine & Great Times,

    Nicole Kearney, MFA

    Wine Enthusiast and Founder of Sip & Share Wine: Home & Event Wine Tastings


    @sipnsharewine - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram   







  • 22 May 2017 12:35 PM | Ron Wynn (Administrator)

    This is Everything Underground's Online Chronicles Report for the week of May 15-22. These are the five most popular stories on our Facebook page, which is updated daily and spotlights stories, events and personalities undervalued or overlooked by the mainstream media. This week's five most popular stories:

    (1) Actor Hill Harper purchases business in Detroit and home in Boston.

    (2) Comedian Dave Chappelle apologizes for earlier comments urging people to give Donald Trump a chance.

    (3) A Black owned Cognac is coming to America.

    (4) Black contractors are shut out of Pro Football Hall of Fame building project in Canton.

    (5) Actor/Filmmaker Jordan Peele plans a Jim Crow horror series for HBO.

    For more stories like these,  membership details on how  you can join our growing national network of businesses, firms and individuals dedicated to community empowerment and uplift, as well as information on upcoming events and notable EU members, visit our Facebook page, blog and evun.com. 

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  • 03 May 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    Everything Underground has always been dedicated to Black community empowerment and collective uplift through supporting our own businesses and institutions. But a vital part of that process includes development and mentorship to young people, and the creation of opportunities for them to display their talents. Despite the portrait presented by mainstream media, not all Black youth are gangbangers, uninterested in education and totally devoted to nothing except hanging out on street corners.

    There are many young people across the nation working hard towards moving us ahead on a daily basis.  They are engaged in positive activities, excelling in the classroom, and working to continue the legacy of activism and enlightenment started decades before their birth. Sadly, too often older people either ignore them, or put them down because they don't like their music or clothes or language. It is so easy sometimes for older people to forget they were once young, and that their parents feared their music, didn't understand or like their friends and were upset at their hairstyles and clothing.

    We are highlighting in Youth on the Move all the positive and exciting things young people are doing, many of which won't appear on television news or in publications because they're not negative or sensational by mainstream media standards. We're talking about the achievements of scholars, the business savvy of young entrepreneurs, the creative visions of the next great entertainers, and many other fantastic things that will be overlooked by those only concerned about sagging pants or rap lyrics. We're here to welcome and encourage our youth, celebrate their triumphs, savor their victories, and continue to share with them some of the lessons we've learned through joint struggle and engagement. Only through generational co-operation and interaction can we thrive as a people.,

    Youth on tha Move is a vital part of the Everything Underground total program and core mission. That is why we're going to recognize some distinguished and special young people this year along with the second class of Trailblazer Award winners. EU sees this as the ultimate in spotlighting both ends of the spectrum. One ceremony honors and knowledges the giants whose exploits over a long period of time have enabled us to persevere as a race. The other honors emerging greats whose goals haven't yet been reached, but are well on their way to blazing new and important trails of their own.

    Everything Underground views Youth on tha Move as part of a return to a time when Blacks valued group improvement above individual success, and everyone's input regardless of age or income was welcome. The challenges of the 21st century are too vast and complex not to utilize all the available talent at hand, and there's certainly plenty of it in our community among young people. So we welcome and urge your support for Youth on tha Move in the same manner as for Everything Underground and its diverse platforms and events.

  • 22 Mar 2017 11:45 AM | Delores Thornton

    Women's Religious Conference by Marguerite Press (Rev. Delores Thornton) on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Location: 55 S. State Av., Indpls. IN 46201. Panel discussions, Breakout Sessions, Illumination of Hebrew & Greek in the Bible, and Making Your Vision Board. Continental Breakfast and Light lunch. Cost $35.00 - contact us today: delores910@yahoo.com.

  • 10 Mar 2017 5:05 AM | Bobby Maull


    Nicole Kearney   MFA Writer/Producer

    Nicoles plays have been produced in NYC, Chicago, ClevelandSan Francisco, Orlando and Indianapolis. Nicole is the founder and co-producer with IndyFringe of Onyx Fest, an African American playwriting festival in Indianapolis, IN. Her streaming (web) series can be seen online at youtube.com/nicolekearneyproductions and the streaming platforms; OhDef.net , ColoredContent.com and SparkkTV.com. She was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Sundance Institute|YouTube New Voices Lab. She has a MFA in Dramatic Writing from Spalding University. As a former professor she taught literature, creative and playwritingNicole is also a wine enthusiast. When she’s not writing or producing for stage, screen or streaming platforms, I can be found pouring and drinking African American, women and boutique wines for Sip & Share Wines. For more information nicolekearney.com or sipnsharewine.net.

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    If you're a stage play lover you'll get so much out of this...on a BOSS UP WEEKEND!

  • 10 Mar 2017 4:49 AM | Bobby Maull


    Donzella Kinsey  CEO/Life Coach  

    Donzella Kinsey Creator and President of Diamond In The Rough. Diamond In The Rough mission is to provide women with the skills and resources to improve their quality of life. We support women while they find balance and strength to reach beyond past hurt through inactive workshops, group meeting and practical lessons. 

    No stranger to the rough. A divorced, single mother of 3 beautiful girls. She has experienced life's up and downs. Diamond In The Rough is a passion that is founded on sisterhood. She provides a platform for women of all race, shapes sizes and backgrounds to come together and uplift each other in a none judgmental environment. I am my Sisters Keeper. 

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  • 10 Mar 2017 4:36 AM | Bobby Maull


     DaNisha Greene  Fashion/Beauty/Designer Consultant          

    Innately drawn to the artistry of fashion, DaNisha Greene has been involved in the industry professionally since 2010. However, personally, she has been a lover of fashion her entire life. Her love first manifested on the campus of her beloved undergraduate institution, Fisk University. There, she synergized her fashion interests with her Mass Communications major to creatively direct two homecoming fashion shows. Motivated by the positive response from her peers, she initially ventured into the realm of personal styling upon returning to her native Indianapolis, Indiana. What gave DaNisha a bit of an edge in the styling scene there was her aesthetical mix of vintage and contemporary. This hybrid style is a perfect reflection of DaNisha’s unique personality… part old soul, part cutting edge. Fashion consulting and personal styling also allowed DaNisha to impress upon others the accessibility of fashion through thrift shopping, in an environment where those interested might not be able to afford couture or other high end fashion. DaNisha’s vision is that all should be able to display their personality through fashion, no matter their background or other limitations, and she uses styling as means to achieve this vision.

    DaNisha’s work has been published not only nationally in magazines such as Pattern, Vibrant, Couture Living, Mode and Unzipped but also internationally in Croatian magazine Lepota i Zdravlje, African magazine Adunagow and Australian magazine Mildred. Past projects have included assisting styling for designers such as Laquan Smith, Falguni and Shane Peacok and Michael Alan Stein during New York Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2015 season. Most recently, DaNisha has worked as the Wardrobe Stylist for D'Marsh Couture during New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 season, the campaign ads of Elan Furs, Poppy Seeds Swimwear and Pierre Phillip Shoes and Producer/Creative Director for the Beauty and Fashion Industry Ball in Indianapolis. She also continues to be one of the key Producers and Backstage Directors for Midwest Fashion Week in Indianapolis and Chicago for the past 3 years during both Fall and Spring season shows. She now serves as the International Brand Ambassador and Fashion Director for Pierre Phillip Shoes. Moreover, DaNisha builds genuine personal connections with many different types of artists within the industry and leverages those connections for the greater benefit of everyone in her network. A natural born giver DaNisha continues to uplift and empower her community by participating and assisting in producing charity fashion shows, provide prom makeovers to homeless teens and help advise teens in foster care on dressing for their body type and age appropriateness all while being fashion forward on a budget. To those that know her, due to this community-minded relational style she is revered as one of the key fashion movers and shakers in Indianapolis.

    Creative and driven, with her own personal touch of style, DaNisha is truly…. Yours In Fashion

    Fashion frenzy ladies and gents you don't want to miss this piece of the BOSS UP WEEKEND!

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