Life & Style with Francyne – Tamika Cheree Henry, Founder – I Am Here

In honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I wanted to give my dear friend Tamika Cheree Henry, an opportunity to tell the story of losing her beautiful 21-year-old daughter to a domestic violence situation three years ago.  Jazmyne Gibson was Tamika’s only daughter who had a wide network of family and friends who loved her immensely.  She held so much promise as a young, enterprising student.  I spoke with Tamika about her unimaginable loss and how she’s turning that heartache into healing for others that have suffered like herself.

Tamika has planned a charity event in Jazzy’s honor to raise money for her newly formed non-profit organization, “I Am Here.”  For more information and to purchase tickets you can to and search for “A Jazzy Affair.”

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If you are in a domestic abuse relationship and need help, please know that you are not alone.  The phone number for the National Domestic Violence Abuse Hotline is 1-800-799-7233. It is free and confidential.


Hey look, I’m on TV, as in TV One!

It was almost a year ago, I received an email from a production company to be a journalist/expert on the show “For My Man” which airs on TV One.  They initially tried to contact me through my blog where my girlfriend Christie was an administrator.  The phone number I had on the blog had expired so they contacted her.  She sent it to me and I contacted the producer right way who found me on LinkedIn.  Unfortunately, they had found someone else and I wished them on their show.  A day later, they contacted me and was interested in still utilizing me.

They sent me a ton of legal documents, records, etc. to peruse and familiarize myself with the story.  It was a lot of information to digest in a short period of time but I was excited for the opportunity.  A few days later, I was inside a conference room at the The Henry Hotel, formerly the Ritz Carlton, in Dearborn, being powdered, spritzed with hair spray and positioned for various angles.  I think I was there approximately four hours.  I was asked a ton of questions about the story upon which they would take my answers and edit as they saw fit.  It was grueling and fun at the same time.  I guess they liked my work because they contacted me again to do a second episode.  I asked them during this taping when the first episode would air and they gave me an approximate time frame but to be honest I had forgotten about it.

I hadn’t received advance notice of the air date but thankfully some of my Facebook friends alerted me that I was on television and that’s when I caught the tail end of my episode.  Understanding how things work behind the scenes gives you a greater appreciation for the process.  I’m grateful for the opportunity and look forward to watching the second episode.  For now, here’s the first show.  You’ll also recognize our favorite WWJ News Reporter, Vickie Thomas in the second episode.




Life & Style with Francyne – Jamon Jordan, Founder – Black Scroll Network History & Tours

History helps us learn where we came from and why things are the way they are in the present.  In fact, it helps to navigate towards to the future.  In Episode 103 of #LifeandStylewithFrancyne features special guest, educator/historian Jamon Jordan, founder of Black Scroll Network History and Tours. Jamon talks about the importance of learning about Black history and why so much of it has been obscured. Learn how he’s using his passion for history and conducting tours to uncover a lot of Detroit’s history you’d be surprised to learn. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and comment on my YouTube channel.  Thanks for watching!


Life & Style with Francyne – Sonja Moffett, Creator of

It’s now more crucial than ever to ensure you vote especially with the mid-term elections coming. Episode 102 of #LifeandStylewithFrancyne features special guest author, career coach and trainer Sonja Moffett, founder and creator of  I sat down with her to discuss why she created the website including mobilizing young Black voters. She also talks about the short term and long term goals for the website. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and comment on my YouTube channel.  Thanks for watching!




Life & Style with Francyne – Raquel R. Robinson, “Mama Hustle Coach”

Fall is a perfect time to retreat inside and reflect about the current direction of your life as we close out the end of the year.  In Episode 101 of “Life & Style with Francyne,” I sit down with my good friend Raquel R. Robinson, also known as “Mama Hustle Coach.” She talks about the importance of having a life coach as well as the difference between a life coach and a therapist.  I’m excited to share my first interview with you.  Take a look and let us know what you think. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and comment on my YouTube channel.  Thanks for watching!


Ford VIP Reception kicks off 2018 NAIAS

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a VIP Private Reception for the 2018 North American International Auto Show sponsored by Ford Motor Company, held at the UAW-Ford Headquarters in Detroit.  The auto show is an annual gem and treat for Detroit.  Speaking of treats, Grammy Award-nominated singer Ro James provided an intimate performance for journalists, tastemakers and style influencers.

James wasn’t the only star in the building.  We were also able to catch a preview of some of new 2019 Ford vehicles.

WXYZ-TV Anchor Glenda Lewis was the emcee for the event.  She is still one of the nicest people you ever want to meet.  We had one of those ‘girlfriend” moments remembering her mom, legendary WXYZ-TV Anchor Diana Lewis who has since retired but is not forgotten.

From shrimp cocktail on ice to sexy cocktails on the rocks, the event was a nice prelude to what’s to come for the next two weeks.  Fasten your seat belt, the 2018 NAIAS is sure to take us for the ride of our lives.  The auto show opens to the public on Saturday, January 20, 2017.


Newly chartered Rotary Club parties with a purpose

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Photo courtesy of Southfield Area Rotary Club

The newly chartered Southfield Area Rotary Club’s (SARC) first fundraising event took place on Saturday, September 30th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southfield, Michigan. The event entitled “Party with a Purpose – Empowering Youth” raised monies to partner with the Southfield Youth Assistance organization for the purpose of mentoring youth, ages 12-18. Brandon Marsh, President of the Southfield Area Rotary Club, says chartering the club happened very quickly. “Toward the end of February this year, we began a journey to charter a Rotary Club in Southfield to empower the youth community. We did so with just a quarter of the people most clubs require, and hit 20 members within 3 months,” Marsh said. It should be noted that it normally takes about six months but within that time frame they had a diverse group of 58 charter members. Marsh added “In addition to being the first club to charter in our district in 5 years, the club has become the 7th largest club in the district, and continue to be one of the most diverse of all 52 clubs district-wide.”


Photo courtesy of Southfield Area Rotary Club

At least 200 people, including dignataries, were in attendance for dinner and dancing to celebrate the newly chartered Southfield Area Rotary Club including Southfield mayor Dr. Kenson J. Siver. “I’m overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm for the rotary club and it’s certainly a rebirth for so many,” said Mayor Siver. John W. Barfield, founder of Bartech, and a major sponsor of the event, was especially proud of Brandon Marsh, President of the Southfield Rotary Club. Barfield, author of the book “Starting from Scratch: The Humble Beginnings of a Two Billion-Dollar Enterprise,” said that the rotary club started in his living room many years ago and that he mentored Brandon a long time ago. “I introduced Brandon Marsh to the Rotary Club some years ago and I listened to him talk about this dream and my wife was a part of those conversations and tonight we’re celebrating a brand new Rotary Club.”

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John Barfield and Brandon Marsh

Barfield, a forty-year Rotarian, helped raised approximately $565,000.00 to provide polio vaccinations for needy children. Other attendees included people like Cristen Prkic, who became a charter member of the Southfield Rotary Club, and shared that her father actually cried when she told him. Her father, Thomas Gorang, is another long-time Rotarian, who served as the President of three rotary clubs. Mario Fachini, owner of Business Growth Strategies, was especially excited about the new Southfield Rotary Club.

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Newly chartered member Cristen Prkic and her dad Thomas Gorang

After dinner, several members from other rotary clubs talked about their various experiences of service including one teenager who traveled to Peru to help the less privileged. Additionally, the Ann Arbor Rotary Club shared their experiences and the projects they had worked on in the past. Past District Governor Michael Angelo Caruso presented Southfield Rotary club with their charter and members of the Southfield Area Rotary Club were officially inducted. Charter club member and owner of Option Insurance Group, Alvin Lynn III, was excited about the new Rotary Club. “The synergy between the Southfield community and the new Southfield Area Rotary Club (SARC) is electrifying! I am personally honored to be a chartered SARC member, with a mission to serve our youth in the Southfield community,” Lynn said.

Alvin Lynn III and his wife Agatha

The Southfield Area Rotary Club is focused on empowering local youth and they evaluate everything they do against Rotary’s code of ethics called the “The 4-way Test.” It asks four simple but crucial questions about any plan of actions.

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friends?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Rotary Club’s motto is “Service Above Self.” In addition to Bartech, other sponsors of the event included Option Insurance Group, University of Phoenix, Southfield Chamber of Commerce, SEMEA (South East Michigan Entrepreneurs Association), Events to Remember, Southfield Youth Assistance and Artcraft Management Group.

Youth causes has been a primary mission for Rotarians around t…he globe, from finding ways to provide clean water for children in Africa or eradicate debilitating diseases like polio in India. The Southfield Area Rotary Club is committed to those causes, especially at a local level. Our primary mission is to empower the Southfield youth community, especially the underserved. Visit to learn more about the exciting work our Rotarians are doing in the Southfield community


What About Our Health?

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The following  church notes are from Angenette Frink.  She goes to my church and she shared these notes on Facebook.  I’m grateful she took copious notes as I didn’t have paper or pen for first to take notes as Pastor instructs us to do.  Since, sharing is caring and I want everyone to be healthy, fit and fab for life, please read at your leisure and be inspired to make some positive life changes for you and your family.

“What About Our Health?” –  Pastor James L. Morman

Christ died to liberate us AND to heal us.
– Salvation is the lifestyle of holiness and WHOLENESS
– Jesus has come into our lives to heal, enlighten and enable us in every area of our lives. To live life to the fullest.

We cannot achieve maximum effectiveness for God’s purpose and maximum fulfillment if we are not renewed in our mind, spirit and body.

Romans 12:1 “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God…”

For those who have received Christ, but still do what they want to do:
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19, 20‬ ‭KJV‬‬
– We belong to God: mind, body and spirit. He bought us with Christ’s blood on the cross.

I am valuable because God made me; and because God lives in me I should honor my body.

The greatest gift that you get on a daily basis is the gift of life.
– Your health is a gift from God.
– God’s desire is that we live, and that we live for a long time.
– We must have longevity as our long term goal.

This message is not about your soul today. It’s about your physical body.

Why is the body so important?
– We must have the ENERGY to do the work of God.
– We are literally the BODY of Christ.

God is the reason why we are more than the dirt from which we were made. He breathed POWER and AUTHORITY into us.
– God breathed the breath of life (dunamis – POWER and exousia – AUTHORITY) into man.
– “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

God gave us the ability to use His power and His authority over all the works of the enemy.
– Take authority and dominion over the entire Earth. (It’s already done, so walk with power and authority from God.)

Every person matters and God wants us all to live so we can complete the mission of God in this world.
– Once we get saved, the enemy knows that he cannot get to our souls, but he can sabotage our effectiveness by attacking our bodies (and our attitudes toward health).
– If our “vehicle” is broken down and busted, then our productivity is impacted.

God wants to bless us ALL the days of our lives.
– Not just with a few good days, ALL the days.
– Not just at the beginning or middle of your life, but even in your old age.
– God wants us to experience FULL life and be in fellowship with Him ALL the days of your life.

In order for us to last, we have to make ourselves a priority and take care of ourselves.
– Longevity is not just about quantity of life, it’s about quality of life.
– The time of your death is not predetermined. It is effected by your life choices and your life practices.

Finally, if you want to lose your life become ANGRY (anger effects every organ in your body). Remember, anger is a choice. Anger starts the process of murder. Murder in your body. You are destroying your body and shortening your existence. Withdraw from profane speech.

1. Get your Diet under control.
2. Put some Discipline around your physical activity. – At least 2 miles per day will make a world of difference.
3. Also, This week, don’t let anyone make you angry.


Turkey Burger Takeover

Turkey burgerYesterday, I posted a simple meal plan where you could pick and choose to create several meal options.  Although I like to cook, it is not something I desire to do everyday.  What helps is I can eat the same thing for a number of days – think leftovers.  One of my favorite sandwiches are turkey burgers.  They’re easy to make and you can pair them with another vegetable for a healthy lunch or dinner.  They’re also portable so you can take one for lunch and nuke it in the microwave for a minute.  Just be careful so you don’t over-nuke your bun.  I usually buy the 93% lean ground turkey and I season it for my taste.  Here’s a quick recipe.

Turkey Burgers

  • 93% Ground Turkey
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Sandwich Thin Buns
  • Onion
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, Orange)
  • Condiments

I combine the ground turkey with the dry ingredients.  I don’t really measure as I season them to taste.  If I’m making a batch for myself, I’ll add some cayenne pepper for a little kick.  Once you thoroughly seasoned your ground turkey.  Separate them into 4 patties.  Place them in a non-stick frying pan and let them cook.  Don’t forget to flip them.

I’ll slice the onion and peppers (if you prefer one pepper over the others, that’s fine too) and grilled them as well because a turkey burger with these babies is everything. Also, if you want to add other veggies like mushrooms, lettuce, jalapeno peppers, you can.  After your turkey burgers are done, you can store the rest for lunch or dinner the next day or serve them as I do somethings when I’m cooking for my family.  You can add other veggie toppings and you can also use the cheese of your choice but I don’t necessarily require that.  Dress with your condiments and pair with a green salad or another vegetable like broccoli.  This is a super fast and easy way to have a healthy meal.   Until next time, Bon Appetit!







Meal Planning Made Easy

Meal Plan

My girlfriend texted me this morning and asked what I eat for breakfast.  After I replied, she indicated she’s not really sure what to eat so she’s mimicking everyone else’s diet.  One of the perks of working with Medical Weight Loss, was I learned how to plan my meals by basically picking from various food groups, like protein, vegetables and starches.  This approach is super easy and even makes it easy to grocery shop.  Below you will find a meal plan where you can easily select items based on your preferences.

This is the meal plan is similar to the one I’m currently using.  It’s pretty straightforward.  I didn’t put together a plan where you should eat this on that day, etc. as everyone’s tastes are different.  However, what I loved about this plan was I kept it simple and just chose something from each food group.   You want to include a protein for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for sure a every meal and protein is optional for your snacks.  Those can be something that is more or less a protein like Greek yogurt, 12 almonds, cottage cheese, or a protein drink (low-sugar of course).  Get the water in, get the activity in as well.  Remember no, negative self-talk.  You are fearfully and wonderfully made with many great qualities, some you haven’t even discovered yet.  If you need a little more help, then comment below and we can discuss setting up a meal plan for you.  Otherwise, hang in there!   

Here’s the plan:

Breakfast:  Starch and Protein

Snack         Fruit or Protein

Lunch        Starch, Protein, Veggie (2)

Snack         Fruit or Protein

Dinner       Protein, Veggie (1)


You can choose from the following items.


Steak, Ground Sirloin, 2.5 oz.  (not more than twice a week)

Chicken, Ground Turkey , Turkey Breast  (4 oz.)

Fish (5 oz.)

Tuna (water-packed – 4 oz.) no more than 3 times a week

Egg whites (6)

Eggs (2)


Veggies – 1 cup of everything

Fruits – everything except bananas and grapes


Air popped popcorn

Akmak Cracker

Diet Bread Sticks

Pasta 1/2 cup

1/2 Baked Sweet Potato

Lo-Cal Bread

Brown Rice

Lo-Cal Hamburger Buns

Brown rice, pasta and potato may not be eaten on the same day!


Water – 64 oz to a gallon

Caffeinated tea or coffee – 2 cups a day

Decaf coffee

Herb tea