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A Toast to Beauty & Style With Shadae Renee


A Toast to Beauty & Style With Shadae Renee

By Niyah Huff

( Atlanta, GA ) – March 28th, 2022 – Just a week into Spring and we are celebrating the continuous blooming of celebrity hairstylist, cranial prosthesis specialist, self care advocate and Howard Alumna, Shadae Renee, with a Toast to Beauty & Style, presented by Media Girls Network with hosts April Buckley-Moore of April’s Corner on DLE Radio and diversity practitioner, Ellori Nicole. Renee was in full glow over the official opening of her storefront for Shadae Renee Beauty.

The event was packed with self care and feel good experiences including VIP gift bags, custom catering, cocktails by Chi-T of Mizz MobileMix and song mixes by DJ E.

After guests were given time to enjoy the complimentary splendors we sat down with April B. and Renee for an interview between the two. Renee shared her entire trajectory, starting from her beginnings of styling hair at Howard University to receiving her cosmetology license from AVEDA Institute, leaving her 9-5 to work at Van Michael’s Salon then Jackson Banks Salon (now Gregory Banks Salon), having salon suites in Alpharetta, Georgia and now owning her own salon in Atlanta, building and all. Renee also educated the audience on what her work as a cranial prosthesis specialist consists of and spoke on her vision of those in need due to medical reasons being able to afford haircare and wigs through their medical insurance. When asked how she elevated to celebrity hairstylist status Renee stated, “networking, being in rooms with successful people, being able to meet and rub elbows and keep that contact… it really does help”, and notes that her first celebrity client was Shereé Whitfield of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which was made possible through a connection she had to someone on set. The conversation continues with Renee describing her various handmade hair care products and the benefits of owning real estate like the beautiful AirBNB where the event was held. April B. closes the interview by asking, “what is the legacy Shadae Renee is trying to leave behind?”, to which Renee responds with highlighting the care of her family, her aspirations with cranial prosthetics and her son’s already realized business. Guests were encouraged to continue to network and enjoy each other’s company for the rest of this lovely evening.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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