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Truly Grand Sports Promotions is a Knockout!

(Flint, Michigan) Myke Darrough always knew knockouts would be a part of his life, from a childhood traveling with his uncle, a professional boxer, to his successful business management company, Truly Grand Sports Promotions LLC. As a child, Darrough said he was “a real fanatic with WWF,” the World Wrestling Federation, and would go on tour with his uncle who was a professional boxer. He remembers staying at Virginia Beach and touring the Boxing Hall…

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Bringing a Piece of France to New Zealand

When and why did you set up Baran de Bordeaux? Chrystelle: Nick and I first met in London, but we moved to France soon after. Right from the beginning we loved going around brocantes [secondhand markets] and antiquaires [antique dealers]. We’d always shared a passion for art and design, so working in interiors and furniture was just something that happened naturally. Our main design inspiration came from France, so starting off in French antiques and decoratives was…

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Philly Is Home to the First Black Woman-Owned Comic Book Store

I was on Facebook when I saw this link about this black woman in Philly that has opened a comic book and coffee shop. I was elated myself. Can you say, “road trip?” I saw the link from Comic Beats first, but the initial interview was on Philly.com. Philadelphia now has a comic book store owned by a Black woman! As the comic/nerd culture increases in popularity, black comic book writers, artists and enthusiasts are increasing in numbers…

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What the Fudge?

The Democratic party has it rough.  Let’s be honest for a second. This is a party claiming to represent liberals, moderates, women, all minorities, all religions, immigrants, the LGBT community, and pretty much anyone that isn’t a rich, straight, white male. Seriously. All that. That is not easy. And when a political party is trying to unify that many voices and experiences and perspectives, sometimes you need to get real with folks. Enter Marcia Fudge.…

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Olivia Jade: Finding Yourself

With a world full of well-established entrepreneurs and business men and women, we never talk about those young business people who are currently pushing through. 24-year-old, Olivia Jade has many talents, and has found ways, and is still finding ways to use those talents to help others. “I love people,” she exclaimed, as she shared herself with Au’loni Magazine. Before she could help others, she had to first find herself, so her search started with…

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Raelia Lewis: More Than a Model

For those who do not know, Raelia is wonderful model. No, she does not do basic photoshoots, ad put her email in her Twitter bio, she is legit. Her first modeling experience dates back to elementary school, being able to model for her school. “I can still remember my first elementary fashion show and how excited I was to model for the entire school. I get a sense of fulfillment when I’m doing what I…

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Luis Marrero: Three Times a Charm

“I’m a creator,” is how Luis Marrero explained himself with one word, because the list of what he does is just too long. This young innovator has most likely dibbled and dabbled in anything you can name, clothing designing, hosting, modeling, but his passion ? Poetry. “I’m a poet first,” Luis explains to Au’loni Magazine that working was “cutting into his creativity,” which is how he became the person he is today. This determined creator…

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HEROmanity: 24 Hours to a HEROic Life

(Manhattan, New York) Everyone has that “thing” or person who keeps them motivated, whether it be a song, activity, or person. Buihe Madu, self-proclaimed transformational speaker, and soul trainer is the founder of a soul searching project, inspiring young entrepreneurs to find their purpose and grow professionally. Heromanity is deeper than just helping people grow, but it stems from a heartwarming story. Before Buihe’s father’s passing, he had two heart transplants and a kidney transplant.…

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Learning the Duolingo

Duolingo is a free language­learning program that is taking the world by storm with its learning website and app that has over 105 million people signed up. Duolingo aims to help anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer to learn different languages. The app is a huge success and Au’loni Magazine was lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat with CEO and co­founder, Luis von Ahn, about the successful learning platform. Duolingo is…

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Youssef Kromah: The Traveling Man

Youssef Kromah does everything. He’s a poet, an artist, an activist, an educator, a scholar and an optimist. Youssef grew up in a Christian and Muslim household. His parents did not pressure him to choose a religion but after being left with so many questions and being unable to understand the foundation of Christianity he embraced Islam. If you follow him, you may know of his nickname, Mr. Traveling Man. “It started…