Posts Tagged ‘young lady’

Savage Announces Intent to Seek School Board Seat

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014


LaTasha Renee Savage

PINE BLUFF, AR (July 30, 2014) – Local business owner, LaTasha Renee Savage announced her intentions to seek the position of Pine Bluff School District Board of Directors for Zone 4.

“As a Pine Bluff School District, Southeast Arkansas College and UAPB educated business woman, I have long been a supporter of our educational system. I support engaging curricula and making fiscally and academically responsible decisions for our district. As the Director of Operations and co-owner of “It’s Mom Me Child Care and Early Development Learning Center,” I understand the value of education and a board that governs with responsible oversight,” said Savage.

In addition to her position as Director of Operations at “It’s Mom Me;” Savage has also been the owner and operator of Rolls Royce Beauty Salon for more than 20 years.

“Education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments a city can make in its students and its future. Education can boost economic growth by creating greater opportunities that reduces poverty, saves children’s lives and fosters peace,” said Savage. “With improved education, so many other areas are positively affected. Education has the power to make Pine Bluff a better place.”

Savage has worked in the community and schools through her annual Prom Dress Drive, where she collects dresses, shoes and accessories and provides them free of charge to students who may not be able to afford the luxury of attending prom. In addition, she provides one young lady with a full makeover. Savage also coordinates and plays host to the Thirty-Fourth Avenue Elementary School’s annual fashion show, which consist of three shows. During the school’s annual “Father & Daughter” banquet she has served as the keynote speaker.

Savage is a 1989 graduate of Pine Bluff High School and a 1990 graduate from Cosmopolitan School of Cosmetology in Pine Bluff where she earned her cosmetology license. She attended Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) before transferring to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) where she will graduate in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

While at SEARK, Savage was inducted into Pi Theta Kappa, the highest national academic honor society established at a 2-year institution and she also served as president of the chapter. At UAPB she was a Sigma Tau Delta English Honors inductee.

Savage is the mother of two children; Brea Holloway and Jordan Racy and is engaged to Lafayette Woods, Jr.

Little Rock tress expert appears on ‘MTV Made’

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Every once in a while, a reality show comes along that truly touches the soul. We’ve seen makeover shows come and go and quite often, they have such a superficial theme to them. Well, not with MTV Made.

Shalita Heard, owner and proprietor of Iconique Studio, is accustomed to breathing new life into her clients. Heard comes alive when she speaks of how a simple makeover has the possibility to being the key to a life altering event. You can just tell that she not only loves adding extensions to make her clients gorgeous – Heard lives for it.

Last week’s episode of MTV Made featured Mackenzie, a young lady of bi-racial ethnicity whose story is as touching as it is important to be broadcast. Heard was brought in to help the young lady, a Harrison, Arkansas resident. Not only did Heard provide assistance to her – she helped completely make over this beautiful young female. In this episode of MTV Made, the show made Mackenzie over into a cheerleader.

Ask any of Shalita Heard’s clients and they will tell you she is a force to be reckoned with and someone you definitely want on your team, when preparing to look and feel beautiful. We caught up with Shalita just before the show aired – here’s her it went down:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us what services were performed on Mackenzie.

SHALITA HEARD: Mackenzie is biracial, so I gave her a keratin treatment to control her curly hair. Mackenzie was raised by a Caucasian family and searched for a solution to her hair issues. I straightened her hair and helped her to control the curl. I also colored her hair and sewed-in extensions.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: That is great that you were able to help the young lady. Tell us what new ventures you’re involved in and what we can expect.

SHALITA HEARD: Well, I have a new hairline that launched in October of 2011. It’s called Phenomenal Hair by Shalita Heard.  I’ve been doing hair for over 19 years, and my clientele includes celebrities whose jobs include radio show host, TV news anchors, politicians, and well known businesswomen.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What interesting tidbits can you tell us about the show?

SHALITA HEARD: The show was filmed in Harrison, Arkansas, an area known in the past for KKK  activity. Mackenzie was adopted by an older white couple who moved her to Harrison when she was young. The story is a very touching one.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: How much excitement do you see from your clients when you use extension?

SHALITA HEARD: My clients find them exciting. Some come for fashion, but I also do replacement of hair for chemo patients undergoing cancer treatments, in addition to working with those suffering from Alopecia, Psoriasis, Lupus, and other diseases.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Approximately how long does it take you to finish up with a client?

SHALITA HEARD: It takes about 2 hours for sew-in extensions, depending on the services being provided.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Ms. Heard is an expert in her field, who has shown time and time again that she is the best at providing beautiful creations that not only meet her clients’ expectation – it exceeds them each and every time. Follow Ms. Heard on Twitter: Visit Ms. Heard’s website:

President Obama says Kanye still a ‘jackass’

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Us Weekly writes that President Obama has declared in a recent interview for The Atlantic that he still thinks Kanye West is a jackass. The current declaration is related to a 2009 episode when the rapper offended singer Taylor Swift during the Video Music Awards because he thought she didn’t deserve the Best Female Video trophy.

Barack Obama was invited to take part in an interview for the May issue of The Atlantic magazine. The President tackled many subjects including his aversion towards Jay-Z’s friend, Kanye West. He told reporters that he considers West to be a talented and smart interpreter, but he, nevertheless, finds Jay-Z’s music to be more appropriate for his style.

Reporters at The Atlantic did not miss the chance to remind Obama that he once called the 34-year-old rapper a “jackass”. The President was not ashamed of admitting his initial declaration; on the contrary, he stated that he still thinks Kanye West is a jackass for the way he behaved at the 2009 VMA edition.

For those who are not familiar with the subject, Jay-Z’s collaborator and friendly rival went on stage and expressed his opinion about the awards. Taylor Swift was delivering her acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award when she was interrupted by a visibly intoxicated West who wanted to tell people that Beyonce’s video was “the best in the world”. Swift was somewhat offended as the rapper indirectly stated that she shouldn’t have won the prize. The same reaction came from the crowd who booed the performer off the stage.

After seeing the video footage from the Video Music Awards, President Barack Obama told CNBC that Kanye’s behavior was “wildly inappropriate”. He further commented on the event saying that Taylor Swift looked like a nice young lady who was excited to receive her award. The perfect image was ruined, in Obama’s opinion by the rapper’s appearance on stage. “What’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass,” the President concluded.

Kanye West made no comments in relation to Obama’s offence and we assume he won’t make any in the future, either. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that his behavior was rude and promised to act more politely.