The CNPR 2016 Internship Program

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Good Day!

CNPR is proud to announce their first Internship Program! In 2016 CNPR will be bringing in 7 women interns to the program that will give them hands on experience, access to the new CNPR referral program, build their portfolio and have exclusive access to CNPR owner Candice Nicole.

The boutique PR firm is seeking interns in the following categories:
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Events
The ideal candidate would be a college student, but that is not required. They should be 21+ and have a vehicle or access to public transportation and located in the Washington, DC area (The PR/Marketing/Events Intern). If you're interested in Social Media, you can work virtually. CNPR also seeks an individual who is a hard worker, self starter, self motivator, creative, knows how to work with a team, knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Power Point and Social Media platforms.

If this is you, please email CNPR by Sunday, Dec. 20 2015.

EMAIL: (SUBJECT LINE: CNPR 2016 Internship Program)

Tis' the Season to Give Back with Feed The 500!

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Media Contact:
Candice N. Mackel
Candice Nicole Public Relations

to GIVE AWAY a Week’s Supply of Groceries to Food Insecure Families in Baltimore City,
Ft. Meade Military Base, Prince Georges County & Washington, DC.
Food Distribution Will Be Facilitated by a staff of compassionate and dedicated volunteers

In response to current economic conditions and lengthy unemployment lines, there is an undeniable need for FEED THE 500.  In its SEVENTH year, visionary Tracy Price, along with her team of dedicated volunteers from the surrounding communities will be reaching out across the DMV, Fort Meade Military Base and Baltimore City to feed more than 500 families on DECEMBER 19, 2015 FROM NOON – 2PM.  Since 2009, FEED THE 500 has been committed to GIVING AWAY A WEEKS SUPPLY OF GROCERIES TO A MINIUMUM OF 500 FAMILIES and will do the same for 2015!!  There are no restrictions that would inhibit anyone from receiving food free of charge!!!
FEED THE 500 is funded through the generous donations of individuals, churches, small business, and corporations.  To speak with Tracy about this worthy cause or how you or your organization can support this year’s event, please contact Tracy Price at 240-606-5987 or  Individual and Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available.  PLEASE DONATE DIRECTLY AT

ABOUT THE THRIST NO MORE CORPORATION - We are a 501c3 humanitarian organization based in the state of Maryland, started in 2008. We exist to aid the poor and empower the destitute both nationally and internationally. We have three main areas of concentration including community empowerment, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid.


CNPR Owner Releases First E-Book- "The PR Puzzle"

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On Small Business Saturday, Candice Nicole who is the owner of Candice Nicole Public Relations released her first e-book titled "The PR Puzzle". It's under $10 ($7.99 to be exact) and is packed with great knowledge of the PR industry. It's an easy read and definitely a book that will you keep going back to for advice! The table of contents is below:

One. "What is PR"
Two. "The Benefits of PR"
Three. "PR for Startups"
Four. "Utilizing Social Media in PR"
Five. "Creating the Ultimate PR Plan"
Six. "Making a Budget for PR"
Seven. "How to Choose a PR Firm"
*BONUS* How to Receive Media Invites to Exclusive Events
Purchase Your Copy Today!

CNPR Cyber Monday Deal

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Happy Cyber Monday Everyone!

CNPR is PRoud to announce that for Cyber Monday we will be offering PR Consultations for 50% Off! The call will be for 15 min and the link to secure your spot is now open, and only 10 spots are available.

This is a great opportunity for new/current business owners!

Hope to speak with you soon on a call!

-Candice N. Mackel

Event Recap: Short Film "ALX" Screens at Historic AFI Silver Theater

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"ALX" Screens at Historic AFI Silver Theater


Early Sunday evening at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD Writer/Director Collins Harris IV held a screening for his new short film ALX . This was only the second screening for the film as it already made its debut at the Martha Vinyard's African American Film Festival this Summer. In short, ALX is a film about a young woman attending an HBCU who finds herself at a crossroads when she begins to start bumping heads with administration. There is a new rule specifically pertaining to the appearance/presentation of the African American students and she now needs to make some decisions about life and collegiate experience.

The private screening for family/friends, Indiegogo Supporters and Press was held in a 75 seated theater but as the screening was in high demand 10 additional chairs were added to accommodate and even towards the end when the panel discussion was being held there were individuals standing/seated on the side. Before the screening started the crowd was greeted by Collins as he thanked them for attending and expressed his excitement for them about to see the film. After the film concluded there was a panel discussion which raised questions about natural hair, how African Americans are viewed in mainstream America when they wear their natural hair, organizations with rules banning certain types of hair styles + more. The panel was moderated by Tim Gordon who is the President of the Washington, DC Film Critics Association.

  • Tim Gordon- President of the Washington, DC-Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)
  • Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever- Founder of The Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, Former Executive Director of NCNW, Author, International Speaker & Contributor to TV One, PBS, Siris/XM Radio & Huffington Post
  • Jarielle Uter- Lead Actress in "ALX"
  • Paul Craig- Lead Actor in "ALX"
  • Tamon George- Recent MBA Graduate & Creator of Campaign against an Organizational Dreadlock ban
  • Collins Harris IV- Writer/Director of ALX
ALX received a standing ovation after the screening/panel discussion concluded with everyone stating how much they enjoyed the film, how the film is very much needed and the conversation is something that needed to be started.
Before the year is over,  ALX will be embarking on a mini screening tour. If you're interested in hosting a screening in your city please send over your inquiry to 

About ALX

ALX (pronounced Alex) is a short narrative film set on an HBCU campus. Follows a young girl who bumps heads with school administration over a new rule. Amongst her growing business and a budding relationship, she must decide her next step.

The school's policy is specific, dealing with the appearance and presentation of their African-American students. However, the ideology is rooted in a broader category known as the 'politics of respectability'. The film engages issues surrounding hair, attire, and sexual respectability. ALX is a fictional interpretation of young African-American collegiate life on a fictional HBCU campus.


Photo Gallery

ALX Film Poster Hanging in AFI Silver Theater Lobby

An Actor in ALX & Writer/Director Collins Harris IV

BET Producer Chantel Costen & Husband

ALX Lead Actors Jarielle Uter & Paul Craig

The Esteemed Panelists

Writer/Director Colliins Harris IV caught in laughter! 

Celebrity Hairstylist to Host Grand Opening in DC 10/25!

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CNPR is pleased to have Lamaj in the City as a client! Owned by Jamal Edmonds who is a 21 year veteran in the industry, the salon opened a few weeks ago and on October 25th will open its doors to everyone!

Please take a minute to review the press release for additional information.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Candice N. Mackel
Candice Nicole Public Relations

Celebrity Hairstylist Jamal Edmonds Opens New Boutique Salon in Washington, DC
Creating an Experience for the Lady on the Go in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC (Wednesday, October 14, 2015) - A few weeks ago celebrity hair stylist Jamal Edmonds opened his doors to his new boutique salon Lamaj in the City in Washington, DC. On Sunday, October 25th, Lamaj in the City will open its doors for its official Open House to Industry Professionals, Media and Family & Friends for a walk through and to meet the Owner. The staff will also be on site to greet the individuals as they were hand chosen by Jamal Edmonds himself and come with a wealth of knowledge in the hair industry.

Jamal Edmonds has been a educator and hair master for 21 years. He's an educator with Mizani and has worked with Grammy nominated singer Elle Varner, CEO of BET Networks Debra Lee, singer Teyana Taylor, Model/Actress Eva Marcel and many more. He has also the owner of Salon Lamaj which is located in Maryland and in 2013 was a finalist in the Steve Harvey's Neighborhood Awards for "Best Beauty Salon".

When asked about Lamaj in the City , Jamal states " Lamaj in the City is THE premier Salon destination located in the heart of Washington, DC. Our goal is to service all hair types/textures in an URBAN, CHIC AND ELITE environment while the salon's foundation is built on education, teamwork and SUPERIOR customer service ." The boutique salon is looking forward to servicing the chic, on the go woman of Washington, DC; providing the best customer service and an unforgettable experience.

In addition with the grand opening, as October is Breast Cancer awareness month, Lamaj in the City will be honoring 10 special women who have been affected by Breast Cancer on October 26th. Jamal Edmonds will be donating wigs and hair units. Submissions, along with a brief story may be sent to .

To keep up with Lamaj in the City on Social Media, please follow @LamajInTheCity on Instagram and "Like" their Facebook page at  For more information on Lamaj in the City. to s et up an interview with Jamal or to cover the Grand Opening on October 25th, please send an inquiry to .


The Howard Theatre & Neo Elite Present The Neo Age Showcase in Washington, DC

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June 30, 2015
Candice N. Mackel
PR Director for Neo Age Showcase
Candice Nicole Public Relations 

The Howard Theatre & Neo Elite Present The Neo Age Showcase in Washington, DC
The Next Generation of Soul and R&B

Washington, DC (June 30, 2015)- It's Summertime in the Nation's Capital and a new music experience is about to be bestowed upon this great city! In partnership with The Howard Theatre, Neo Elite is proud to present The Neo Age Showcase: The Next Generation of Soul and R&B. The debut of the bi monthly show will take place July 23, 2015 with doors opening at 7 PM. The line up decision was made by deciding on the following:
  • One Rising Artist with buzz from the DMV Community
  • One Rising Artists with Talent from the House Studios AGP Program
  • One Rising Artist with Buzz and Legitimate Established Fanbase from outside the DMV:
  • One Rising Artist that has built a Legitimate Following and Fanbase from the DMV
Performing LIVE will be Reesa ReneeAaron CamperBOOMscat and ShaMain. Another exciting bonus to The Neo Age Showcase is the "One Minute Mic" competition which will be hosted online and the winners (which will be chosen via Social Media) will perform on The Howard Theatre stage during the show July 23rd and a champion will be crowned. Participants can enter by posting a 15 sec Instagram video of a cover and using the hashtag #OneMinuteMic.

When asked about making Washington, DC the home of the new music experience, creator Zeplyn Xavier states  " With such a heavy existing music culture in the DMV, it was a great opportunity to partner with one of the most prestigious historic venues (The Howard Theatre), and co-create an experience that can mirror a time when Washington D.C. was a major location for rising Soul and R&B talent to come and perform. We are giving it a modern day twist and adding some flair, but the goal is to really amplify the amazing rising talent we have here and all across the nation ." 

The Neo Age Showcase is also proud to announce their partners  House Studios  TheBobbyPen  Gypsy Soul Entertainment &  SoulBounce. 
In addition, a percentage of the total proceeds after every Neo Age Showcase show will go to nonprofit organizations. For the July 23rd showcase experience, the recipients are Critical Exposure, a DC based organization which trains youth to use photography and advocacy to make real change in their schools and communities and DJ | JD Foundation who are committed to molding high school students by utilizing multiple developmental programs and networks to a thorough understanding of both finance, financial markets, and long-term goal setting.
Tickets can be purchased HERE and for any media inquiries please contact 



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About Neo Age Showcase
Neo Age Showcase is a bimonthly experience presenting the Next Generation of local and global Soul and R&B artists.

Co-Created in partnership with The Historic Howard Theatre, hailed by the Washington Post as a venue that "symbolizes hope for D.C. to reclaim depth and soul of its past"; each showcase features four of the best talented and popular artists from the next generation of Soul and R&B music, accompanied by a band, an in show sing off and will be donating a percentage of total ticket sales Each show to non-profits organizations.

Neo Age Showcase will also be live streamed online in order to fulfill the mission of being the driving force that introduces not only the DMV community, but also the nation to the next generation of Soul and R&B artists.

About Candice Nicole Public Relations

Candice Nicole Public Relations is a boutique firm based in the Metropolitan area that was established in 2007. CNPR specializes in Publicity, Marketing, Events, Media Relations, Branding, Social Media Campaigns and more. Throughout the years, CNPR has worked with Spike Lee, OWN TV Network, TI, Big Boi, Howard Hewitt, Wale, Mindless Behavior, RaVaughn, Kevin McCall, Marsha Ambrosius + more! CNPR is a firm that believes in reaching to the sky and bringing out that star in YOU!

R&B Songstress PatriceLIVE on WPGC & Teyana Taylor coming to The Fillmore!

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DCLA Productions Presents:

July 9, 2015 | The Fillmore

Hosted by: WPGC's Tony Redz

Opening Acts: PatriceLIVE & Main Girl

Miss Black USA 2015 Pageant in Washington, DC | The Search is On!

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CNPR is very pleased to announce that we have been hired to handled the Publicity for the Miss Black USA 2015 Pageant! It will take place August 9, 2015 in Washington, DC!

If you're a company interested in Sponsoring the Pageant, please email

They're currently seeking out talent and below is how to apply.


Dream it and you can achieve it! You may apply to become a contestant in the Miss Black USA Pageant, by winning a state pageant in the state where you live, work or attend school. If there is not a state pageant held there, you may apply directly to the Miss Black USA Pageant as a Delegate-At-Large. If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements below, you may begin the At-Large-Delegate application process here. It’s as simple as 1, 2, and 3.
STEP ONE: To Apply Submit a Bio or Resume to
STEP TWO: Email a Recent Snapshot (This will not be returned and does not need to be a professional photo)
STEP THREE:If you meet the eligibility Criteria, you will be required to pay a $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • You must be at least 17 years of age and not older than 27 years of age by the date of the national competition for which you compete.
  • You must be a high school graduate or in your senior year of high school.
  • You must be single; not married.
  • You must be a natural born female.
  • You must be a United States citizen and live in the United States.
  • You must be in excellent physical and mental health.
  • You may not have competed more than twice in the national Miss Black USA pageant and may not represent the same state more than once.
Employees, officers, directors and agents of Miss Black USA Pageant and/or of any of their respective licensees, assigns, parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and the immediate family (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, regardless of where they live) or members of their same households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers, directors and agents are not eligible to be contestants in the MISS BLACK USA PAGEANT or participate in this application process.
Once we receive your At-Large-Delegate Application, snapshot and fee, your application will be reviewed by the Miss Black USA National Recruitment Team and you will be contacted within two weeks by a member of the National Recruitment Team.


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Your PRE Memorial Day Workout!
It's Time to SWEAT with Celebrity NIKE Trainer Deanna Jefferson!

On Sat, May 23rd join Women Who Hustle and Deanna Jefferson Fitness bring you TWO boot camp sessions! 

This will be perfect as you will be getting ready to hit those cook outs for the weekend. This will be an hour workout, complete with a healthy snack table and a Q&A With Deanna and Candice Nicole after completion. Perfect for a girls weekend, mother/daughter outting or just getting fit with friends! 
*WOMEN ONLY Boot Camp Sessions*


Red Room Brunch Pays Homage to A TRIBE CALLED QUEST this SUNDAY!

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Good Food + Good Music = RED ROOM BRUNCH

Brunch Buffet + Unlimited Mango, Peach & Regular Mimosas
Music by: DJ Miss H.E.R. Spinning ATCQ Classics & Hits!!

 Buffet Brunch w/ UNLIMITED MIMOSAS is $36  

You can't beat that price anywhere!
 Potatoes | Eggs | Scramble Cheese Eggs | Maple Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich  Sausages | Bacon | Musclen Salad | Fruit | Jerk Wings    

Come one, come all, bring a guest, and let's eat & drink!

This is going to be EPIC!

JIN Lounge | 2017 14th St. NW | 12-3 PM

[PRess] TV Personality & Author Tionna Smalls Brings 'Bossy Tuesdays' to Washington, DC

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Candice N. Mackel
Candice Nicole Public Relations  

TV Personality & Author Tionna Smalls Brings 'Bossy Tuesdays' to Washington, DC
A Networking Experience for Those in Business and Those thinking about Business

Washington, DC (Tuesday, April 14, 2015)- You may have seen her on MTV's " Girl, Get Your Mind Right!" and VH-1's " What Chilli Wants" but she is also a very successful Entrepreneur and Author. Meet Tionna Smalls, Brooklyn bred and the individual who is responsible for creating Bossy Tuesdays. The Bossy Tuesdays brand started in NYC in 2014 and for 2015 it will make its debut in the Nation's Capital. Tionna Smalls, in collaboration with Candice Nicole PR and Bobby Pen of are pleased to bring Bossy Tuesdays to JIN Lounge on Tuesday, May 12th from 7-11 PM.

When asked about how she feels about bringing the Bossy Tuesdays brand to Washington, DC Tionna states " I am very excited about coming to DC! There are some wonderful people here that I want to network with and can't wait to see all of the new individuals I will meet in May. The "Bossy" way of thinking is a lifestyle and pleased to be sharing it with others".

During the networking event, attendees are encouraged to speak to everyone, exchange business cards and Tionna will take to the stage as well to address everyone and drop a gem or two about entrepreneurship. In addition, a few attendees will be invited on stage to introduce themselves and their business.

Tickets to attend Bossy Tuesdays are $10 in advance and will be more at the door. Please visit to purchase. If you're interested in covering Bossy Tuesdays please contact Candice via email:


About Tionna Smalls
Tionna Smalls is an Author/Entrepreneur from Brooklyn, NY. She wrote her very first book about relationships at the tender age of 22. Sending in a letter about her book written in first person helped her get her first paid writing job at Gawker Media, where she served as a Relationship Columnist. After her popular reign at Gawker, Tionna went on to write at Radar Magazine and Global Grind. Tionna Smalls added Television Personality to her resume' in 2010 when she joined Chilli, of the legendary pop-group TLC, on her quest to find love on VH1's What Chilli Wants. After the first season of the highly-rated docu-series, Tionna ventured in entrepreneurship and more books. Tionna received her own show from MTV in 2013, entitled Girl Get Your Mind Right! based off her first book which had the same title. Tionna currently is a recurring guest expert on The Bill Cunningham Show and has a new online radio show entitled,Tionna Talks, where she tackles the issues that the people want to discuss in love, life, and business.

About Candice Nicole Public Relations
Candice Nicole Public Relations is a boutique firm based in the Metropolitan area that was established in 2007. CNPR specializes in Publicity, Marketing, Events, Media Relations, Branding, Social Media Campaigns and more. Throughout the years, CNPR has worked with Spike Lee, OWN TV Network, TI, Big Boi, Howard Hewitt, Wale, Mindless Behavior, RaVaughn, Kevin McCall, Marsha Ambrosius + more! CNPR is a firm that believes in reaching to the sky and bringing out that star in YOU!

About Bobby Pen
Award-winning digital producer & media personality BobbyPen of serves as a platform to exalt the urban experience's contributions culture. BobbyPen has interviewed dozens of the industry leaders like Journalist Roland Martin, Actress Gabrielle Union, Grammy-Award winning singer Luke James and Reality TV Star Tamar Braxton. In 2014, BobbyPen made her first television appearances on ABC's 20/20 and BBC News. At the top of 2015 she adds TMZ Live to a growing list of TV credits. She's has enjoyed transitioning from behind the computer to a multimedia personality through the power of networking.


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[PRess] myBOOKbag, a New Online Book Subscription to Launch this Spring

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Candice N. Mackel
Candice Nicole Public Relations
myBOOKbag, a New Online Book Subscription to Launch this Spring
A Literary Dream for Indie Authors Across the Nation
Washington, DC (Monday, April 13, 2015)-   myBOOKbag LLC is pleased to announce that they will officially launch in the Nation's Capital Sunday, April 26, 2015 and will be celebrating with a launch event. myBOOKbag is an online subscription book program which enables readers to connect with independent authors nationwide. The company, which enables readers to subscribe for $30 per month and receive a monthly bag full of books was created by Jessica Greenhill. Jessica wanted to provide a platform for independent authors to showcase their literary work, and for book lovers to access new and upcoming writers and their work. myBOOKbag is centered on the idea of indie readers and authors expanding their cognitive borders beyond the New York Times' Best Sellers list. The bag of books will cover all genres, creating an element of surprise, as myBOOKbag members will not know what authors will be included in the monthly bag full of books until it's announced the 1st every month, when the packages are sent. The mission of myBOOKbag is to improve every subscriber's literary experience and expand their horizons.
When asked about her vision of myBOOKbag, Jessica states "The motto at myBOOKbag is 'reading is dreaming with your eyes open' and myBOOKbag's main goal is to provide a different way of accessing the innovative indie author and to exposing book lovers nationwide to new authors that may have never come across."
In addition, Jessica discovered that a newly published book only has a 1 percent chance of being stocked in an average bookstore. Of the hundreds of books written every year in the US, more than half of them are self-published, drastically reducing the scope of their visibility. Tracing back to childhood memories, Jessica reflected on how her great Aunt would bring books to family functions from her publishing company, for she and her sisters to read. Having developed a collection of books from her Great Aunt (which she now shares with siblings and her own daughter), she recognized an opportunity to help build the personal libraries of others.
For more information on myBOOKbag, please visit and please follow on Instagram @getmybookbag. The official launch event will take place Sunday, April 26th at Maxime, located at 2915 M St. NW, WDC from 2-5 PM. This is a complimentary event but an RSVP is required. Please visit to RSVP. If you're interested in covering the launch or setting up an interview with Jessica Greenhill, please contact Candice via email: 
About myBOOKbag
myBOOKbag is an online subscription based service. Subscription is $30 a month and members  will receive monthly bags with 2-3 books monthly. For more information on the online based service please
About Candice Nicole Public Relations
Candice Nicole Public Relations is a boutique firm based in the Metropolitan area that was established in 2007. CNPR specializes in Publicity, Marketing, Events, Media Relations, Branding, Social Media Campaigns and more. Throughout the years, CNPR has worked with Spike Lee, OWN TV Network, TI, Big Boi, Howard Hewitt, Wale, Mindless Behavior, RaVaughn, Kevin McCall, Marsha Ambrosius + more! CNPR is a firm that believes in reaching to the sky and bringing out that star in YOU!


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