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Written By: Stephanie Scales

After granting millions of wavering viewers access into her personal life for six seasons, as a leading cast member on a top-ranking reality television hit show, Mimi Faust could probably write a pretty captivating tell-all.

Her position has produced the burden of widespread scrutiny, a burden designed to overwhelm and breakdown the average person, but Mimi is strong. Rather than falter, she has chosen to crack through the tough shell of public exposure, and extract the sweet center of success. During a recent chat with Kontrol’s Online Editor, Stephanie Scales, Mimi offered insight on balancing parenthood with entrepreneurship, advice on stepping out of your 9 to 5, and dished on self-care, plus her favorite DIY beauty secrets!

Stephanie: As an entrepreneur, how do you find balance between motherhood, and business?

 Mimi: Prayer [laughs]. You know, you just kind of. . .you make it work when you have a child, and you have a career. You’ve got to find time, and make time for everything. You’ve just got to make it work. There’s no handbook, or anything like that. And have a good team. My nanny is amazing. Have good people around.

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Mimi is a dedicated mother to her daughter, Eva, and a very passionate business woman, as well. Fans might remember her earliest step into entrepreneurship, a high-end housekeeping service. Keep It Clean Atlanta is still a thriving enterprise owned and operated by Mimi. But the mompreneur recently broadened the scope of the company’s mission to include her new obsession, interior design.

Stephanie: So, what inspired Mimi Interiors? Has interior décor always been a passion of yours?

Mimi: It was, and I didn’t really know it [laughs]. Like, a lot of girls can go and shop for hours. I like to go in furniture stores, like Homegoods, and TJ Maxx. I love it! [laughs]

Stephanie: I recently saw that you’ve added a new brand. Born + Fed Label, are they Sunglasses?

Mimi: Yes, I did, June 26th we launched. It’s actually an Optical line! I am very excited about it. I wanted to sell something that I actually wear. I can vividly remember 4 years ago being at a restaurant trying to read the menu and couldn’t. My frames will come embellished with pearls, stones. My vision for my frames are classy, made for the everyday fly-girl. The great thing is that you can upload your prescription to have put into the frames.

Stephanie: That’s so awesome, Mimi! I’ll definitely be ordering a pair.

It is something about a woman who is confident, fearless and bold. Mimi’s ability to be a full-time mom/entrepreneur, and still do it with such style & grace, is definitely applaud worthy.

Stephanie: What advice would you give to someone who wants to quit their full-time job, to pursue their goals?

Mimi: Have a plan. You definitely have to have a plan before you quit anything. You need to have everything in order, and you need to know that what you’re doing is going to support your lifestyle. So, plan! Plan! Plan! Plan from A to Z. [laughs]

Plan. That’s advice from a woman who has pushed through countless barriers, and surmounted a checkered past to achieve the success that she and her daughter enjoy today. Mimi has fought and won battles that, according to society, should have ruined her. But she refuses to fold, and instead, flourishes in the face of adversity. As dramatic as it all sounds on paper, Mimi has actually lived it. And fortunately, she has found her place of peace.

Stephanie: How have you used your past as leverage?

Mimi: My past, actually everything that has happened to me has made me, and shaped me into the person that I am. So, that right there is leverage itself. I try not to live with regret—of course, it happens at times. I’m not perfect. But, you know, everything that I’ve gone through has either made me stronger or better. So, that’s that leverage right there.

mimi faustIn her newfound place of serenity, Mimi is incorporating plenty of self-care. She is protecting her peace as much as possible, and taking time to indulge in the things that bring her joy. Her interior design business was conceived purely because she took pleasure in all aspects of home décor; it felt good to her. She seems pretty enthused about DIY beauty products, as well.

Mimi: I like scrubs, so I’ve been making my own scrubs. One that I like, particularly is coconut oil, add baking soda…it’s so awesome. You do it on your face, and when you’re done, your face is just glowing and healthy, it’s so good. Another scrub is lemon juice, sugar, and honey.

Mimi says she loves that one for dark spots. The renaissance woman asserts that she’s really into “mixing things up” right now. She talked about a mixture that she recently created to restore moisture to her daughter’s hair, as well. She refers to it only as “the concoction”, and certifies that the blend is so good, that she has to bottle it up for close friends on occasion. Decorating homes, whipping up concoctions, and time spent with her daughter all contribute to Mimi’s happiness. But there are a few other self-care tools that keep her on track:

Stephanie: When you aren’t on camera, or busy with Eva, what are some things that you like to do to love on yourself?

Mimi: I like…I like to be quiet [laughs]. I just want to be quiet; or, if not just peace and quiet, I like nature sounds. I like birds, and at night I like to listen to the crickets. I love massages, rub my feet and I’ll fall in love with you any day [laughs]. I’m a simple girl, I love simple things. I love to cook.

Stephanie: So, what’s your favorite recipe?

Mimi: I don’t really have a favorite, but I like to bake chicken and make different concoctions and sauces for the chicken. I’m secretly a mad chemist [laughs]. I like to try different stuff and make different sauces for my chicken.

Stephanie: But you still keep it baked?

Mimi: Still bake it, yea. I don’t even know how to fry chicken. I have no clue on how to fry anything, fish chicken…

For those of you taking notes, hoping to one day shoot your shot with Mimi, so far you should have that she cooks, but doesn’t fry, sleeps to sounds of crickets, and needs foot massages…perhaps daily foot massages. Yep, write that down. She also requires one thing that all functional relationships require, good communication.

Stephanie: With your experience with love in the past, what are you looking for now? What makes you happy? We all want to see you happy.

Mimi: I am!

Stephanie: Well, tell us about it.

Mimi: I think good communication–and it is so cliché, it is…but it’s the truth. It solves everything. It’s so simple. I think we, as people make it so complicated, and it’s really not that complicated. If you really want to be with that person, and they want to be with you, it should be, just, an easy thing to do. I think a lot of times, back in my past, I was forcing the situation. If someone doesn’t want to be with you, and they’re just off doing whatever, then that’s just what it’s going to be. You can’t force anyone to do anything other than what they’re doing. So don’t force it.

Stephanie: Well I’m happy that you’re happy.

Mimi: I am, I am. I’m so happy.

Stephanie: Talk a little more about this glow that you have. What does happiness feel like?

Mimi: It’s refreshing, to wake up and not feel the stress of ‘what is my partner doing’ or not to have that worry about your partner at all…it’s just refreshing.

Stephanie: Going through this new phase in your life, what has it allowed you to learn about yourself?

Mimi: That I used to tolerate a lot of bullshit and I don’t want to do that anymore. It’s a gift and a curse that I can [take bullshit], but I shouldn’t have to do that. I want to just be happy.

I would always get into relationships where it was a struggle, where [I felt like] I can beat this! But you shouldn’t want to beat your relationship, it’s not a battle. Every time I would get into a relationship, and it’d be a battle, I would try to beat the battle. If you’re in a relationship, and you have to battle with your partner, something’s wrong.

mimi faustNow that Mimi has shifted gears in her life, her new lane is bound to rake in a new fanbase. She wants everyone to see who she is now as a total, happy, and fulfilled person. Don’t be distracted by her Vh1 persona. Mimi says that the show will portray her the way that best suits the network. If they only want to show her when she’s angry, then so be it. But who she really is, is Eva’s mom, loving partner, and successful business woman, Oluremi “Mimi” Faust.

Credits:

Photographer: Will Sterling
Stylist: Julian R. Lark 
Assistant: Adorr Jessie 
Team Leader: Chanel Scales 
Hair: Jimmy Duggins 
Makeup: J Denelle M. 
BTS Video: Eliot Jones (camera) 

For more stories like these check out www.Kontrolmag.com!

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Love & Work! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte & Sol Aponte!

Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

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Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

Jennia and Sol have partnered together in life and professionally, creating a production company, “Full Frequency Media,” and a wildly popular series, Anatomy of Black Love. “We know what it means to be Black in America and to want to see powerful, accurate, and diverse representation…that’s where content creators who look like you come into place…with everything that’s going on in the world it’s more critical than ever to have that…”

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Jennia and Sol have committed their time and energy towards creating meaningful and quality content using their growing platforms. Both have been in the industry for decades.  We have followed Jennia’s career for years seeing her in various movie and television roles including Half & Half, Who Made The Potato Salad?, Passions, One on One, and Girlfriends. Her most memorable role, however, to us, was as “Brandy” in Patrik-Ian Polk’s Noah’s ARC. “That was a role I really enjoyed. People are always talking about her, she was a joy to play and you know I really enjoyed working with the guys.” Sol is noted television producer with work on hit series like mixed-ish, The Young & The Restless, MADTv, and In The Cut. “Working on so many different projects, you definitely learn a lot about life, people, and how to perfect your own projects…the skills to make great content people can relate to really happens just as much behind the cameras as it does out front…”

Jennia and Sol have united their skills, partnering with Diddy’s independent music cable network, Revolt TV. The network’s mission is to provide great content created by the voices of the current generation. There, their popular and aforementioned series, Anatomy of Black Love, gives audiences a modern take on Black Love through frank, intimate, and confirming interviews with Black celebrities including  Gillian and Michael Jai White, La’Myia Good-Bellinger and Eric Bellinger, Malinda Williams and Tariq Walker, and more.

“Black Love is so amazing and real and it’s not always presented well on screen. It’s important for us to see people who look like us in love, being loved, and living fulfilling lives together…” Jennia adds. “You know love is work and people need to see that. The course of true love never did run smooth but when it does it is the greatest experience of your life…” Sol goes on to discuss the relatability of the series, “…even if you aren’t in a relationship you can relate to this because love is universal and you can even find aspects of self-love in these interviews. They’re very affirming…”

jennia fredrique aponte and sol aponte

We have watched every episode of Anatomy of Black Love and we have to say the series is virtually a spiritual experience, restoring our own faith in love. Positive representation of Black people is so needed in these trying times of police shootings and violence, and the onslaught of systemic racism. “The best way to combat this war of hate on us is through love–love of self, and love of one another…” Be sure to check out the series exclusively on Revolt TV.

Besides their aforementioned series you can also see their short films, 90 Days, Sacred Heart, and their celebrity interview series, Beyond The Talent, and other projects on their website, www.fullfrequencymedia.com.

Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte are true influencers, outstanding content creators, and truly in love. Separately they are a force to be reckoned with, combined, they are nothing short of a force of nature. Keep at it guys, we need you.

Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

Jennia and Sol have partnered together in life and professionally, creating a production company, “Full Frequency Media,” and a wildly popular series, Anatomy of Black Love. “We know what it means to be Black in America and to want to see powerful, accurate, and diverse representation…that’s where content creators who look like you come into place…with everything that’s going on in the world it’s more critical than ever to have that…”

jennia fredrique aponte and sol aponte

Jennia and Sol have committed their time and energy towards creating meaningful and quality content using their growing platforms. Both have been in the industry for decades.  We have followed Jennia’s career for years seeing her in various movie and television roles including Half & Half, Who Made The Potato Salad?, Passions, One on One, and Girlfriends. Her most memorable role, however, to us, was as “Brandy” in Patrik-Ian Polk’s Noah’s ARC. “That was a role I really enjoyed. People are always talking about her, she was a joy to play and you know I really enjoyed working with the guys.” Sol is noted television producer with work on hit series like mixed-ish, The Young & The Restless, MADTv, and In The Cut. “Working on so many different projects, you definitely learn a lot about life, people, and how to perfect your own projects…the skills to make great content people can relate to really happens just as much behind the cameras as it does out front…”

Jennia and Sol have united their skills, partnering with Diddy’s independent music cable network, Revolt TV. The network’s mission is to provide great content created by the voices of the current generation. There, their popular and aforementioned series, Anatomy of Black Love, gives audiences a modern take on Black Love through frank, intimate, and confirming interviews with Black celebrities including  Gillian and Michael Jai White, La’Myia Good-Bellinger and Eric Bellinger, Malinda Williams and Tariq Walker, and more.

“Black Love is so amazing and real and it’s not always presented well on screen. It’s important for us to see people who look like us in love, being loved, and living fulfilling lives together…” Jennia adds. “You know love is work and people need to see that. The course of true love never did run smooth but when it does it is the greatest experience of your life…” Sol goes on to discuss the relatability of the series, “…even if you aren’t in a relationship you can relate to this because love is universal and you can even find aspects of self-love in these interviews. They’re very affirming…”

jennia fredrique aponte and sol aponte

We have watched every episode of Anatomy of Black Love and we have to say the series is virtually a spiritual experience, restoring our own faith in love. Positive representation of Black people is so needed in these trying times of police shootings and violence, and the onslaught of systemic racism. “The best way to combat this war of hate on us is through love–love of self, and love of one another…” Be sure to check out the series exclusively on Revolt TV.

Besides their aforementioned series you can also see their short films, 90 Days, Sacred Heart, and their celebrity interview series, Beyond The Talent, and other projects on their website, www.fullfrequencymedia.com.

Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte are true influencers, outstanding content creators, and truly in love. Separately they are a force to be reckoned with, combined, they are nothing short of a force of nature. Keep at it guys, we need you.

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Saweetie Talks Music & Black Lives Matter on Quibi’s Musicology w/ Tim Kash

‘Tap In’ and ‘My Type’ Rapper, Saweetie, sits down with Tim Kash and discusses her upcoming album, as well as the current headlines surrounding the speculation of lynchings and how she is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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‘Tap In’ and ‘My Type’ Rapper, Saweetie, sits down with Tim Kash and discusses her upcoming album, as well as the current headlines surrounding the speculation of lynchings and how she is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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We are really glad to hear Saweetie’s forthcoming album is nearly here. She has been in the spotlight for a minute now and her fans (we are fans) deserve to hear a full body of work from her.

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More importantly, however, we love to hear she is doing her part in the Black Lives Matter movement. Someone with a platform as large as Saweetie’s is definitely needed in this good fight! These recent lynchings of Black men in various parts of the country being labeled as suicides is nothing short of nonsense and murder at the hands of white supremacists. Thanks Saweetie for speaking out!

You can catch Saweetie’s interview with Tim Kash below! Happy viewing!

 

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WATCH NOW: OWN’s Exclusive Press Roundtable w/ The Cast of “Greenleaf!”

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It Is hard to believe that after five seasons the upcoming season of OWN’s hit series, “Greenleaf,” will be its last. For years now we have watched this family and their megachurch grow, fall, change, and fight all in the name of family, dignity, and God.

Now, it is time to say goodbye, but before the season premiere airs tomorrow we were privileged to be able to chat with a few cast members of the Greenleaf during a Vimeo roundtable press conference! Yep Merle Dandridge (Grace Greenleaf), Keith Davidson (Bishop James Greenleaf), Lynn Whitfield (Pastor Mae Greenleaf), Lamman Rucker (Jacob Greenleaf), and Deborah Joy Winans (Charity Greenleaf), and the series’ creator/director, Craig Wright were all there and we got the details for this amazing final season!

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Before the press conference we were allowed to screen the first two episodes of the upcoming season and needless to say they are riveting! You will find the Greenleaf Family collectively faces the end of an era with power and ownership of Calvary shifting to Harmony & Hope (H&H). Individually, Grace faces a tragic setback in her relationship with her estranged son, AJ, Kerissa and Jacob play chess as they move towards an impending divorce, Mae and The Bishop move forward with their wedding plans and the next chapter of their lives, and Charity has become the black sheep of her family, viewed as a traitor by her mother and sister while raging against Phillip Demars for spurning her and choosing Judy Whitmore. Whether the Greenleafs can pull it together to somehow save Calvary–and see their family through harrowing times–remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, they won’t go down without a fight!

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The cast was asked questions by various publications sand touched on how the show has helped humanize church leadership, which storylines besides their own are the most invested in, and even behind the scenes hijinks we never knew anything about.

You can catch the full interview by clicking this link https://vimeo.com/428978269 and using the following password: PressEvent4Greenleaf.

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We hate to see Greenleaf ending, but the news of a spinoff has us glowing. We are sure this is not the last we have seen of this family. You all be sure to tune into season premiere of Greenleaf, tomorrow night, Tuesday at 9/8 PM EST/CTR!

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