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The Hot 97 of the South: 101Jamz in Charlottesville, Va

Do you find yourself bored or lethargic during the day? We’ve got your back. 101jamz! This is the kind of entertainment that can completely transform your day. Their on-air personalities are fantastic, and they’re guaranteed to brighten your day with real laughter. 101.3 WVAI Jamz is Charlottesville’s voice and the city’s No. 1 Hip-Hop and R&B radio station. They have original shows like the ones listed below:

  • Sherell Rowe on Jo Iyce in the Morning
  • DJ Almighty’s Smash City
  • Chey Parker’s Chey Parker’s Chey Parker’s Chey Parker’s Chey Parker.’
  • The Chris Thomas Show
  • Laila & Bri’s Block Party

Without the people that work behind the scenes, none of this would be possible. DJ Almighty (PD), DJ Joi Iyce (Mixshow Coordinator), and Kawani “Que the plug” Belk (Marketing Director/Producer) have all contributed to the team’s ongoing improvement. The whole management team has undoubtedly discovered high-quality stuff.

Sherrell Rowe and Jo Iyce in the Morning

DJ Jo Iyce, co-host of Radio One DC’s “The Clean and Dirty Podcast” and “Hot in My City,” can be seen spinning at the top DMV nightclubs every week and hosting his mix-show on WKYS 93.9 every Friday. DJ Jo Iyce is a professional DJ that has worked with some of the most well-known names in the music and entertainment world, including Future and brands. He has continued to tread new ground throughout his intriguing career, releasing excellent songs and acquiring more experience.

Sherell Rowe, co-host of The Morning, is a composer, vocalist, and dynamic arranger who has worked hard to carve out a niche for herself in the music business. Sherell’s father was a Marine, and she was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because of her father’s job, she traveled around a lot as a kid, which exposed her to a wide range of music and culture. Sherell utilizes them as sources of inspiration for her music composition.

Sherell Rowe, a 2010 Dark Planet Record EP, showcases her ability. “Hands down, one of the finest projects of the 2010s,” according to the press release. In 2011, he was named “Best Alternative Artist” by the DMV Award, and he has worked with several musicians. Wale, Raheem Devaughn, and Fattrel are just a few examples. Sherrell Rowe and her long-time friend DJ Jo Iyce have joined up and can be heard every week on “Jo Iyce in the Morning with Sherrell Rowe,” which airs from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. On Instagram, follow @joiyceworld and @sherellroweshow.

Laila & Bri’s Block Party

Laila Lopez quickly established herself on the radio after being chosen from hundreds of applications to be an on-air talent on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Laila maintained her career after leaving the Steve Harvey Morning Show by joining 107.9 – The Dirty Boys.

Since then, Laila has worked on various high-end platforms, including Sirius XM and TMZ. Before joining the 101jamz, she looked for a place to call home. “The Block Party with Laila and Bri!!” is currently her co-hosting gig. The connection between these two was instantaneous once they were partnered, and there hasn’t been a boring moment since.

Bri Ariel, Laila’s co-host, is a Chicago native. She started the profession when she was just 15 years old! Bri adapted fast and learned her way around the business thanks to her prominent position in the female group she was a member of.

She studied fashion merchandising and business marketing at a college in her native state of Illinois. As a result, she relocated to Atlanta searching for a corporate job. She earned a part in a YouTube short film after arriving in Atlanta, reigniting her passion for the entertainment business and leading her to Hollywood.

Bri boldly faced LA alone on the west coast, getting a spot on the famed podcast “IZM Radio.” Bri joins the crew after being unanimously chosen by the podcast’s ardent fans. Even though IZM was her first radio experience, she was the missing element the team needed. Real and relatable energy that entices people to tune in.

Bri aimed for the sky and never let up on the flame. She co-host not just a long-running program but also reality shows about herself and a touring business show that promoted Black-Owned Businesses, thanks to her time on the IZM radio show. Bri has built one of the most sought locations to live her home via determination and charm, despite starting alone in an unfamiliar area.

Follow Bri and Laila on Twitter at @mslailalopez and @bri.arier, and don’t miss their program. “Every Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., join Laila and Bri for a block party.” As I previously said, they never seem to skip a beat; they get the moods exactly perfect. Do you want to have a Block Party?

Chey Parker on the Midday Connection

But 101Jamz doesn’t end there. Chey Parker is the host of 101Jamz’s lunchtime show. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., she takes over the airwaves every weekday following Jo Iyce and Sherrell Rowe. She is also a regular on 93.3WKYS, where she can be heard on Fridays through Sundays.

Parker is a media personality and entrepreneur with over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, producer, and on-air performer. Chey, originally from Hampton, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from Howard University in 2013. C-SPAN, the British Broadcasting Company, Radio One, IHeartMedia, and PBS are among the media outlets she has collaborated with. She was included in Vice’s DMV Top 35 Under 25 list in 2019 for her accomplishments and services to the industry.

On the other hand, Chey isn’t only interested in the media. She presently works at Deloitte Services LP, one of the world’s top accountancy and consulting companies, as a lead communications expert, providing strategic communications for the firm’s high-priority business marketing activities. Chey is also the proud owner of Sacred n’ Sophisticated Glamour, a high-end lifestyle and fashion label that will relaunch in 2022. Follow @iamcheyparker on Twitter to keep up to speed on the Launch and Chey.

DJ Almighty of Smash City Radio

DJ Almighty is another fantastic member of the 101Jamz crew. Born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY, and reared in the east Brooklyn pink house projects. Almighty lived in New Jersey until the late 1990s, then moved to Virginia in 1998, where his aspirations came true.

“I come from a family that produces a lot of noise in the streets,” he says, citing his father, Joseph “DJ Peter Jeter” Middleton, and his uncle, Gerard “The Disco” Middleton, as influences. Almighty was introduced to the hip-hop world by legendary DJ Watkins, who also introduced the Fat Boys’ Prince Markie D, Whodini, Salt n Pepa Jaz-o, and Fresh Gordon. He was partially responsible for the discovery of Spinderella of Salt n Pepa.

After traveling to Virginia and obtaining a slot on WNRN’s The Boom Box 91.9 FM in Charlottesville, VA, Almighty was able to make it on his own. This is where he currently lives, owns, and manages the 101.3 Jamz radio station. With friends in Charlottesville, he also built the heart of the city’s urban festival. @djalmighty on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook.


What about the weekends, though? I get what you’re saying. Don’t worry, as DJ Radio Mix Show, we’ve got you covered. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., DJ Ms. Carter, Coalition DJs, and Jonny Kaine (@jonny.kaine) deliver the heat with uninterrupted bops. The music is upbeat and keeps the celebration going all weekend long.

The Chris Thomas Show is a talk show hosted by Chris Thomas.

Not only that, but in July 2022, a new program starring Chris Thomas will premiere. I, for one, am not looking forward to Saturday morning. That is maybe the strangest thing I’ve ever spoken.

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How Karen Hite Co-founded An INC 5000 Agency & Manages Over 200 Employees

Entrepreneurship is difficult, and even more so concerning startups. In addition to trust and synergy amongst founding members, gender diversity within core teams is essential for establishing successful organizations.


There is no common strategy for assembling the ideal startup team. The overwhelming consensus, however, is that female co-founders might be a fantastic benefit for any firm since they bring various perspectives, experiences, and thought processes to the boardroom.

Trust was never an issue between JC and Karen. They had been friends, partners, and confidants and even started a family together out of mutual trust.


Out of need, they devised the plan to run their digital agency together, and as a result, they swore to be there for each other every step of the way. JC identified Karen as a source of novel approaches to problem-solving and various leadership styles that provided diverse perspectives on specific tasks and activities. She sought excellence with persistence and courage while injecting a ray of perspective diversity into their startup, which was essential for making better judgments and drawing in top talent.


Karen Hite brought an analytical mindset to the operations of Hite. She was pregnant when they began, but women are skilled at juggling multiple responsibilities. Karen was still incredibly essential in managing the tiny crew they began with. Between JC’s competitive character in the agency’s daily operations and Karen’s natural tranquility in the face of volatility, it seemed like she constantly shifted and produced a sense of equilibrium in operations and relations.


She is the company’s “heart.” Continually engaging in lucrative negotiations. She managed the cash flow at the beginning before the finance sector was created, and she is still involved with it today. Karen is incredibly brazen and inventive. During the franchising process that HITE has been undergoing, she handled the process with ease while intuitively and effectively monitoring market conditions. She gives great vitality to the discourse, is self-deprecatingly humorous, and constantly focuses on the future. 


Hite Digital has a nursery and daycare because of her ingenuity, making it one of the first companies in the sector to introduce women-friendly facilities. Consequently, the women with whom she works feel motivated and empowered. No wonder she has no trouble managing over 200 employees. They are all already on her side and would gladly take delegation at her discourse.

She has had challenges come her way, especially because she has had to balance her work and motherhood, but she has eventually come to the stage where she understands how she is empowering her children by retaining her role at Hite. She would never give any of it up. If anything, her business and family have interjected perfectly to fill her life and give it meaning. She is a wonderful woman.

For more information about the Hites and how they have been able to manage their employees, you can visit this website, or have a chat on LinkedIn. 

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Influencer Press First-Ever Event at Notoriety in Las Vegas

On September 11th, we went bigger by hosting an event at the Notoriety in Las Vegas. The event was mind-blowing, as it was a hive of excitement, engagement, and inspiration. We got to talk about Influencer Press and how our work is more than just working with major publications. What’s more, other Latin entrepreneurs took to the stage to talk about their experiences and offer golden nuggets of advice. 

The show was big, and we plan to go bigger in the not-too-distant future. Yet the show would not have been a success without the involvement of Notoriety’s team. 

Notoriety is a premier Las Vegas live performance venue. The platform consists of seven individual performance theaters ranging from 60 to 250 seats, two 5,000 sq. ft. performance bars, and a 4,500 sq. ft. Members-only VIP Lounge and event space. Located in the downtown side of Sin City, Notoriety is ingeniously placed at the famous Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. The number of major events that have been held on this platform is endless. Celebrities such as Clint Holmes, Jeremy Piven, Darrell Hammond, Zowie Bowie, Reckless in Vegas, Aussie Heat, Chase Brown, and the cast of Faabulous, Justin Young, Jonathan Karrant, Linda Marcus, Vincent John, and more. Holding an event on such a great platform was truly an exciting time for us as we became part of that history. 

No glitch-Pure Awesomeness 

Notoriety has built a reputation as a hotspot for fabulous shows. There’s never a dull moment at Notoriety Live as a diverse range of musicians, comedians and actors perform Live. Thousands of people across America visit Notoriety for Live music, comedy, plays and live performance. Notoriety also hosts live virtual events. As their tagline states, Notoriety is where you discover the undiscovered. This tagline is true; we experienced the same revelation when we hosted our event. 

Every element of Notoriety wowed us, from the food, lights, orchestration, ambience, equipment and support team. The music transported us and our audience to where we wanted to be-in, that dimension of success where you realize that you have the power to succeed. There was no glitch or temporary setback. Rather, the event was a hive of audience engagement as every step played out as we had planned. In fact, everything went beyond our expectations, and we finally realized there were not enough five-star ratings on the trip advisor for this amazing place. 

Anyone planning to host an event at Notoriety gets to work with Ken Henderson. Ken is the CEO of Notoriety Live and is in charge of creating the events’ entertainment concepts, production, and overall management. Ken’s unmatched enthusiasm and attention to detail are likely one of the reasons each event goes on seamlessly. No doubt everything Ken touches turns into a success. 

Ken and his team are out-of-the-box thinkers with the knowledge and experience to deliver memorable events. It was a pleasure working with and learning from them. 

More events our way

We definitely plan to have more events where we get to engage with our audience and impart life-changing knowledge. You can keep tabs on us through our social media sites. We hope to see you in our upcoming events as we plan to go bigger. 

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Celestial: A Brand Manifested into Reality

Celestial co-founder Desiree Schlotz is a self-driven and work-comes-first kind of woman. What started as a one-million follower mark on Instagram soon turned into her dream business. Alongside her best friend and business partner, Jessica Ghishan, Desiree has turned her passion for spirituality and fashion into a swimwear brand. Celestial is a brand that focuses on pairing strong, beautiful, and confident women with swimwear pieces that resonate with them. With Celestial, they hope to ignite women’s inner goddesses. 

The pair of best friends bonded over their love for spirituality for years before creating Celestial. Desiree has owned an oracle deck for about three years with spiritual goddesses on each card from which the pair drew inspiration from. Aside from feeling inspired by the deck, Desiree mentioned that they’re always talking about gratitude, journaling, and manifestation, which also led them to create the spirituality themed swimwear line. Although the pieces cater to a more spiritual audience, Desiree hopes everyone can enjoy the pieces regardless of the spiritual aspect. 

Even though Desiree is an experienced model, she previously had no idea what it entailed to create a company. She mentioned looking to her previous works to learn more about the business side for creating Celestial. Desiree also noted the importance of keeping everything eco-friendly. Her main concern came when considering fabrics. 

“I was really into trying to find the right fabrics because I really wanted to use sustainable fabrics,” she said. “Just because I’ve been a model for so long and I know how much fast fashion really hurts the climate and adds so much pollution. So by using eco-sustainable fabrics, I feel like we’re leaving somewhat of a good carbon footprint as well.” 

The spirituality-inspired swimwear company’s next move is to expand to Asia. Desiree noted that they plan on shooting a campaign there sometime soon. Celestial hopes to reach a broader audience in the Philippines by starting promotions there. As Desiree is half Filipino, she is especially excited to potentially work on Philippines-inspired pieces in the future. 

Currently, Celestial is focusing on its release for a 2023 summer one-piece. A key consideration behind the upcoming piece was to listen to the audience. Desiree mentioned that after the company’s first release, there was a lot of feedback asking for more coverage in the swimsuits. As Celestial’s goal is to create something women can truly connect with, Desiree and Jessica took note and plan to deliver. Even though the summer swimsuit provides more coverage, Celestial plans to keep its token appearance of spiritual, yet sexy and appealing. This swimsuit will also be the first piece released from Celestial’s next collection, Ethereal.

“I don’t really wear one-pieces personally that often but if it’s a good one, and it’s cut out right, I might. I feel like we are going to create one that is suitable for everybody, you know, all shapes and sizes. So that’s the goal.” said Desiree. 

Ethereal is set for release sometime in 2024. The collection will focus on introducing reversible bikinis to their audience. Desiree mentioned that as a contrast from Celestial’s first release, this collection plans to bring really bright yet deep tones to the swimwear pieces. Celestial aims to create pieces that make every woman feel like she can connect with her inner self.

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