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VMS Communications VMS Communications is a fully integrated Public Relations & Diversity Marketing agency leveraging creativity, influencers, relationships and technology to drive strategic communications.

We support minority and women-owned businesses.

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02/20/2022
Meet Vicky Cakes - The First Black-owned Pancake Mix in Major Retail [DALLAS, TEXAS, May 18, 2021] Aunt Jemima, who? Vic...
05/18/2021

Meet Vicky Cakes - The First Black-owned Pancake Mix in Major Retail

[DALLAS, TEXAS, May 18, 2021] Aunt Jemima, who? Vicky Cakes® is America’s new darling vegan pancake mix, who is quickly emerging as the leader in vegan pancake and waffle mix.

After Quaker Oats announced retiring the culturally insensitive brand Aunt Jemima, consumers flocked to Vicky Cakes®, who then sold over 184,000 bags of pancake mix, grossing over half a million dollars in sales, and featured by Beyonce, The Food Network, WeBuyBlack, Good Morning America, Cosmopolitan, Complex, and more. They have also been recognized by the NAACP and endorsed by actress and celebrity vegan food influencer Tabitha Brown.

On the heels of Black History Month and National Women’s History month, Vicky Cakes® is making history of their own. They have secured 156 Jewel Osco grocery stores based in Chicago. The products are set to hit shelves in late Spring 2021, making Vicky Cakes® the first and only Black-owned pancake mix to be in a major retail chain.

Vicky Cakes® is not the run-of-the-mill add water only pancake mix. In fact, they are the ANTI just-add-water mix. Their products are vegan-friendly and come in 5 varieties: original, blueberry, pecan, chocolate chip, and gluten-free. But, they didn’t stop there. Vicky Cakes® recently launched original and caramel syrups that don’t contain preservatives and high fructose corn syrup, unlike Aunt Jemima, Hungry Jack and Mrs. Butterworth’s syrups.

This Black-owned pancake mix company is based in Dallas, Texas and is run by husband and wife duo Christian and Cortney Sargent. “We live in such a busy society”, says Christian Sargent, CEO and Co-Founder, “and with the global pandemic, now is the perfect time for families to sit down together for breakfast. Our mission is to bring 1,000,000 families back to the table for good meals and good memories.” And, Vicky Cakes® is no stranger to family.

Christian’s mom, Vicky, created this secret vegan recipe 40 years ago using the simple ingredients from her cabinets, all out of necessity to feed her children. After being inspired by ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, the Dallas couple launched the company in May of 2019 on Mother’s Day as an honorary gesture to Vicky for her dedication as a single mom. Vicky Cakes® is the trailblazer for the vegan pancake mix industry and is best known as The Heart of Breakfast™.

About Vicky Cakes
Vicky Cakes® Pancake & Waffle Mix is a consumer packaged goods manufacturer and distributor of pancake mix and syrups. Vicky Cakes® is dairy-free, made with wholesome ingredients, and is anti-just-add-water. The vegan product is based on a 40-year-old secret family recipe from the CEO’s mom, Vicky.

Guiding Vicky Cakes® is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Pancake & Waffle Mix by bringing families back to the table. “The Heart of Breakfast” is our mantra and it reflects our ambition to win in the marketplace and provide good food and good memories to families all across the world. For more information, visit www.vickycakesonline.com.

- https://mailchi.mp/2a02a1181cbf/meet-vicky-cakes-the-first-black-owned-pancake-mix-in-major-retail
Vicky Cakes Pancake & Waffle Mix

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12/16/2020

The Social Media Marketing Intern will work closely with a client in the online hair and beauty industry and will administer the company’s social media marketing and advertising.

Manage brand awareness and online reputation

Content management

Cultivation of leads and sales

Create a regular publishing schedule.

Implement a content editorial calendar to manage content and plan specific, timely marketing campaigns.

Promote content through social advertising.

We are looking for a highly motivated, creative individual with experience and a passion for connecting with current and future customers. That passion comes through as he/she engages with customers on a daily basis, with the ultimate goal of turning fans into customers.

Please send resume to [email protected]

12/16/2020

VMS Communications is looking for 2020 Virtual Summer and Fall Interns!

We are currently looking for interns that are detail-oriented and have strong communication skills with the willingness to learn. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fast-paced public relations world.

This internship is for credit only and/or a reference letter.
Duties may include but are not necessarily limited to:
•Compiling media placements
•Preparing media lists
•Market Research
•Assist with planning events and speaking engagements
•Assist with maintaining company blog and social media sites
• Handle email correspondence and social media marketing
• Perform phone consultations to explain services.

Number of positions available
3

Requirements:
College student or new graduate seeking more hands-on experience.

About VMS Communications
VMS Communications is an independent boutique PR and Diversity Marketing consulting agency comprised of team members with over 30 years combined experience. We use proven methodologies and strategies to design customized, comprehensive communications programs that help our clients determine and reach their business and organizational goals.
Building brands over a decade, our team is innovative and forward thinking.

Please send email to Michelle Stephenson, CEO at [email protected]
www.vmscommunications.net

Media Contact:  Michelle Stephenson  VMS Communications  Cell 281-773-1672  michelle@vmscommunications.net  HOUSTON BOUT...
11/18/2020
Press - Hoodies4Healing.com

Media Contact:
Michelle Stephenson
VMS Communications
Cell 281-773-1672
[email protected]

HOUSTON BOUTIQUE OWNER SELLS HOODIES TO HELP
THE HOMELESS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

Partners with Heart & Soul Outreach Ministries to serve food and provide toiletries for over 100 homeless attendees during an outdoor service on Nov. 29th

HOUSTON, TX (November 18, 2020) - Blessties USA and the HOODIES4HEALING foundation is partnering with Heart & Soul Outreach Ministries to host a fundraising service for the homeless on Sunday, November 29thfrom 9 am to 12 noon. Evangelists Wayne and Andrea Ormond will be delivering an inspirational sermon for this outside event that will be held right behind Minute Maid Park in the parking lot across from the Star of Hope in downtown. A blue tent and a cross will mark the exact spot of the event for anyone who wants to donate, volunteer or attend. Around 10:30, after the sermon, a hot thanksgiving meal will be served along with 100 backpacks filled with toiletries for the homeless.

Blessties USA is a Christian apparel & accessories boutique located in Cypress, TX. Open since 2015, Owner, RoseMary Tucker, has been spreading her love for Jesus Christ by designing spiritual t-shirts and hoodies. Each design she creates has a story of encouragement, love and positive thinking. You can find a wide range of fashion items in Tucker’s store from “WALK BY FAITH” or “I AM HEALED” tees to jumpsuits to a wide array of face masks and much more!

Tucker, founder of HOODIES4HEALING, a 501c3 organization that was spawned from her daughter, Dyanna, who developed a cyst in her brain that needed immediate surgery. Tucker raised over $60k by selling hoodies and afterwards “made a promise to God that after her daughter’s successful surgery, she would spend her time helping others in need continuously.” From the Hoodies4Healing foundation she has built a brand that continuously aims to help those in need and “pay it forward.”

Tucker will continue raising funds to help the homeless with her new HOODIES4HOMELESS initiative, selling hoodies through www.hoodies4healing.com where a proceed of every hoodie sold will be used to serve the homeless.

Evangelists Wayne and Andrea Ormond, who married in 1995, have been ministering to the homeless since 2000. While they were both attending divinity school together, they learned how to witness to people, oftentimes in the streets during the night. When asked what motivated them to reach out to the homeless. The Ormonds simultaneously stated, “About 20 years ago, we started ministering to the homeless and going out every Sunday because a homeless guy wanted to pray to God in church and was not allowed in. God said to ‘Come as you are!’” They also stated that they are “Reaching the world one soul at a time, through Jesus Christ”

A kick-off fundraising event with the theme, “Blessties Being a Blessing,” will be held at Blessties on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 8am- 12 pm where donations can be dropped off. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods, toiletries such as toilet paper, tissues, women’s personal hygiene items, socks and/or gift cards to buy these items. Coffee, donuts, bagels, juice and water will be provided. Free masks will also be provided.

Due to the all of the negativity and hardship that American has faced in 2020, especially the devastating effects of COVID-19, Tucker will continue promoting positivity through her hoodies and aims to “lift someone’s spirit” by doing so.

To schedule an interview with The Ormonds or RoseMary Tucker, please contact Michelle Stephenson, Publicist, at [email protected] 281-773-1672. To learn more about the HOODIES4HEALING foundationand view other media coverage, please go to https://hoodies4healing.com/press/

You can also engage with the foundations on social media via Facebook and Instagram at @blesstiesusa #hoodies4healing. You can engage with Heart & Soul Outreach Ministries on Facebook @heart-soul-outreach-ministries.

Donations: Cashapp $blesstiesboutique

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REAL REEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS FIRST  VIRTUAL iGOTTA STORY CONTEST THIS NOVEMBERHOUSTON, TX ( September ...
09/02/2020
Real Reel International Film Festival - Virtual 2020

REAL REEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS

FIRST VIRTUAL iGOTTA STORY CONTEST THIS NOVEMBER

HOUSTON, TX ( September 3, 2020) – The Real Reel International Film Festival (RRIFF), a Houston-based event, plans to launch its first ever virtual iGotta Story Contest from November 19-22, 2020. Consisting of numerous panels, conferences and awards, this event’s purpose is to create a dialogue around creative pivots recently in the film industry.

Completely virtual, this event will honor COVID-19 restrictions and also promote filmmakers and content creator’s work. This is the first event from RRIFF, whose mission is to focus on storytelling and how to do it effectively. "From your every day phone vloggers to Hollywood film producers, RRIFF will engage and promote not just a New Normal, but a New Hollywood, says RRIFF Creative Director, Michelle Renee’ Harden.

The event promises to host panel discussions led by the industry's best leaders in filmmaking and content creators as well as keynote speakers that are internationally recognized, best-selling authors and actors that will share strategies to take your story to the world!

RRIFF encourages filmmakers and content creators to submit their works not only to showcase their talent, but there will be awards that total up to over $5,000 for first place winner (cash & prizes).

The categories for the submissions are Short Film- COVID story, Short Film - Animation, Documentary, and Feature Film. Apart from the cash and prizes, film registrants have an opportunity to have their film aired on a sponsor’s network, KingCast for one year, a consideration for the “People’s Choice Awards,”and platforms that include sponsor’s network access on Roku-Apple-Google TV, website, IOS & Android Apps, Spotify and iHeart Radio premium podcasts.

For more information on the festival visit https://realreelfilmfestival.com/ or to submit your film please visit https://filmfreeway.com/realreelfilmfestival.

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About RRIFF

Real Reel International Film Festival's mission is to create a dialogue on creative pivots in the film industry. The new forces normal of COVID-19 provides filmmakers, creator content contributors with strategies to pivot to inspiration, motivation, and communication.

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The Session TV Show expands to Davis St. Hermann Park; Airs in August Launch Event on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 HOUSTON, TX, July 7, 2016. On June 6, 2016 Mr. Michael "Cam" Jefferson, owner of Monarch Worldwide Entertainment, secured one of Houston's prominent restaurants and entertainment venues, Davis St. Hermann Park, to film the company's television program known throughout Houston as The Session TV Show. The 30-minute entertainment televison program has been viewed on MEGA TV Ch. 55, Att-Uverse, Comcast and Dish Network from 2012 through 2016. Now, with an exclusive new location in place, The Session TV Show has expanded its program's content into a talk show format and will be viewed on a new network soon to be announced. The Session TV Show will be airing Monday through Friday mornings and will broaden its entertainment content by welcoming more celebrities as featured guests, as well as more national recording artists. Some of The Session's featured celebrity guests have been Morris Chestnut, Anthony Anderson, Russell Simmons, Chrisette Michelle, Nicole Murphy, David and Tamela Mann, K. Michelle, Serayah (Empire), Cyn Santana (VH1's Love & Hip Hop), Moni Love and NFL Player Tony Hills. The Session TV Show will be the media liaison that brings its sophisticated viewers and studio audience organic content about music, sports, fashion, community, business, culinary, automotive, travel, health and wellness, education, real estate and much more. Mr. Jefferson states, "I'm very excited about the new format of the The Session. It's going to be a new platform that will leverage advertisers throughout Houston as well as nationally. It will also help showcase more entertainment locally and nationally." To guide The Session's new talk show format will be none other than the host Kia Renee, who signed on as the spokes model and TV show Host of The Session in December of 2015. Kia Renee, born March 27, 1989, was inspired to chase her dreams and wanting to be great, took the Houston model scene by storm. From the notable Fashion Is Everything, Hamptons in Houston (Roof Top), Houston Community College Spring and Winter Fashion Show to the Preme Fashion Show 2014, where proceeds were given to #BringBackOurGirls, Kia has ripped every runway. Recently in 2016, Kia worked with BET to intertview the network's supporters during an appreciation event in Houston. As Kia Renee prepares to begin filming promotional commercials for The Session, she's currently scheduled to host the 2nd Annual Houston Caribbean Queen Pageant, host a Back To School Health Fair, and participate in several community driven events throughout Houston. The Session TV Show will be hosting its launch event Wednesday July 27, 2016 at Davis St. Hermann Park 5925 Almeda Rd., from 6 to 9 pm. If you would like to schedule an interview with Michael "Cam" Jefferson and host Kia Renee or for media RSVP's to the event, please contact The Session's publicist, Michelle Stephenson at 281-773-1672 or email at [email protected]. To RSVP to the launch party, be a proud sponsor, featured guest or have your product placed within the show, please call 832 -207-1112. If you would like to be a part of the show's audience, please send an email to [email protected] Michelle Stephenson Cam Ceo Kia Renee Kia Renee VMS Communications Busy Brown Girls Houston's Professional Hangout Group Houston's Professional Hangout - Davis St. Hermann Park
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: V. Michelle Stephenson VMS Communications [email protected] What Looks Like Black Explores Colorism in America (Houston, Texas, December 13, 2012)—CNN’s Starting Point anchor Soledad O’Brien recently examined the contentious skin secrets of the black community in her latest installment of the Black in America documentary series, “What Is Black in America?” Author K. Broussard takes this heated and never-ending debate several steps further in her book, What Looks Like Black, a compelling and thought-provoking novel that delves into the arcane and painful issues prompted by the African-American diaspora. Readers are immediately pulled into What Looks Like Black; a poignant tale that grapples with colorism dissected through the issues of skin shades and hair textures in the world of light skin vs. dark skin and all that this implies. K. Broussard overlaps a heartfelt third person voice that details the experiences of an expectant mother, with an intimate yet comical forthright first person voice of Ann speaking to her unborn child about her own painful journey and discovery of “what looks like black.” “The issue of colorism lies beneath the surface, often emerging at a very early age; it is an uncomfortable reality rooted within the black race. What Looks Like Black addresses the underlying assumptions of colorism, while presenting the stigmas people place on others along with the stigmas we place on ourselves based upon the skin we are in,” says K. Broussard. ABOUT THE BOOK Ann Girard is a black woman with blue eyes, straight hair, and fair skin who is born to black parents. Because of her questionable features, she has experienced a problematic existence. Her life has now become even more complicated with the news of her unexpected pregnancy. Filled with mixed emotions, due to her own anomalous looks, Ann contemplates raising a child in a world in which she has experienced so much grief. Throughout her life, she has suffered evil taunts and flubbed attempts to belong while constantly facing mystified stares and resentful glares, even as an adult. In an attempt to cope with her anxiety of what her child could experience, she channels her energy in a series of journal entries, about her past, written to her unborn child. As Ann records her daunting experiences of trying to belong, she undergoes a re-birth, thus redefining her philosophies of everything she ever knew. ABOUT THE AUTHOR K. Broussard has been a writer and journalist for over 15 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in mass media arts from Clark Atlanta University and a master's degree in creative writing from Columbia College. Her first children’s book, Maci’s Magic Hairbrush, is the first installment of a self-esteem youth series and is due out in 2013. Originally from Chicago’s South Side, she currently resides outside of Houston, Texas. She is married and the proud mother of one daughter and one son. What Looks Like Black is available at www.amazon.com. To book this author for speaking engagements or interviews, contact V. Michelle Stephenson, [email protected]
It's been so busy around here I totally forgot to WELCOME All the new comers to the Event Luxe & Co. Family! Our Vendors: ARTEFLORA DESIGN, A Loved Lifestyle and @ Great Western Travel & Cruise. Great to have you on board! Also Our PR Firm: VMS Communications & Our new Operations Manager: Mrs.Vy Colette!!!! We are so excited about all of you joining us! Let's get to planning some awesome Weddings and Events for some Fabuluxe Clients!
ANNOUNCEMENT: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FOR A HAIR SALON TAKEOVER! MUST ACT BEFORE OCTOBER 1st A close friend of mine is selling his hair salon. Please read the info below and let me know if you or someone you know who might be interested. He is asking for $10, 000 (negotiable) to take over the lease by Oct 1st for a 2000 sq ft. salon in the Memorial area. Comes with 10 chairs, 8 dryers, 4 stations, facial machine, wax room, kitchen, w/d, frig, $2300/month lease. Here is what he sent me to post on my FB page. BUSINESS FOR SALE POSTING: Hair Salon owner needs to sell salon in Memorial area prior to October 1st ... Salon has great website, newly remodeling work done inside, great signage.... Salon Owner does not wish to remain in the Salon Business and the business will be shut down if not taken over by new owner ... Please call 281-236-5877 or contact me for more information ... SERIOUS INQUIRY'S ONLY .... ACT FAST ... GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR TAKE OVER! Let him know you saw posting on my FB page!
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VMS Communications is now working with AMED Community Hospice on their Community Outreach efforts in the Houston area. Do you have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with a terminally ill disease such as cancer, dementia, or is just at an age that requires some type of medical-related assistance in the home? If you feel that person can benefit from hospice services in the home, in a personal care home or nursing and rehab center, please contact me. Typically hospice services are recommended for someone who has been diagnosed with 6 months or less to live by a doctor (of course, only God really knows!). These services are FREE, fully covered by MEDICARE or MEDICAID. If this is the case, I can inform the family about the benefits of having "the hospital come to them" and to make sure their loved one is comfortable as they make their transition. This is something I am very passionate about as I wish I had known about these services when both of my parents died from cancer a few years ago. You can also contact me to provide information for your church or organization and/or to provide In-Service or CEUs for healthcare professionals. [email protected].
BREAST CANCER EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED--I have several upcoming events between now and the end of October such as the Tour de Pink, Hunt for Hope - Inflammatory Breast Cancer Pink Vision (We Support Breast Cancer), PINK PETALS FOR PAT- A BREAST CANCER AWARENESS INITIATIVE FOR THE UNINSURED AND THE UNDERINSURED and Reconstruction of a Survivor, a non-profit breast cancer organizationthat I will be either volunteering or hosting. Looking for others to help as well!