Black Women Roc Spotlight + Interview | Jessica Bain

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We are pleased to spotlight Jessica Bain for 2019’s Black Women Roc! campaign About Jessica Bain  Jessica Bain is a widely respected, accomplished Black woman who has grown a reputable company within a largely male dominated industry. Her professional passion brings profit and opportunity to her people in the local community when she could just […]

Performing Artist Spotlight | The Rebel Flower Bomb

We are pleased to spotlight The Rebel Flower Bomb our March Featured Performing Artist About The Rebel Flower Bomb The Rebel Flower Bomb is an unparalleled poetic force. She hails from Rochester, NY. Her words combine metaphoric magic with bold imagery. Her poems represent the collision of pain and beauty that she has courageously bled […]

28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History | Jennifer Jones (22)

We are pleased to spotlight Jennifer Jones in day twenty-two of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Jennifer Jones was the first African American woman to join the famous Rockettes chorus line. A native of New Jersey, Jones started dancing at 10 years old. She was unfamiliar with […]

Marie M. Daly

We are pleased to spotlight Marie M. Daly in day twelve of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Marie M. Daly is the first black woman to earn a Ph.D in chemistry. Marie M. Daly was born on April 16, 1921, in Queens, New York. She was raised […]

Annie Malone

We are pleased to spotlight Annie Malone in day ten of our first annual 28 Days of Little Known Facts About (Black) American History Annie Malone founded Poro College, the first educational institute in the US dedicated to educating African-American women in the black cosmetics industry. Annie believed women would be empowered if they improved […]

Community Educator Spotlight | Valyn Reed

We are pleased to spotlight Valyn Reed one of our February Community Educators About Valyn Reed Valyn Reed-Crenshaw is a native of Rochester, NY; raised on the eastside of the city. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Akron earning her bachelor’s in Dietetics. She is in her final semester of a graduate […]

Why Black History Month is Necessary & Vital

“In an ideal world, Black History Month wouldn’t be necessary. But we don’t live in one.” With stories of racial profiling still making national headlines, Haiti being referred to as a “shithole” country by the the nation’s current sitting president, and Africa being oft referred to as a country (it’s a continent); it’s painfully obvious […]

December Artist of the Month Spotlight | Allison McDonald

We are pleased to spotlight our December Artist of the Month Allison McDonald About Allison McDonald Allison McDonald is a 23 year old photographer from Rochester, NY. She recently graduated from SUNY Brockport with a degree in Studio Art and concentration in photography. She plans on going to graduate school for Art Therapy in the near […]

A Thankful Word from the Director | Fall Tour Series Kickoff

Dear Community, My body isn’t cooperating on this Friday in fact, I’ve spent all day in bed in full recovery mode one day before our Anniversary Celebration. (Yikes!) So is the life of a chronic spoonie but fortunately my heart is full of joy and thankfulness. The intern’s display of black youth magic last night […]

A Special Monday Word | One Year Anniversary Mingle Week

Dear Community, Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that we celebrated 540WMain’s one year anniversary back on June 16, 2017 and plan to celebrate this milestone this Saturday August 26th from 4-7 PM I’m super excited to celebrate this Saturday with great vendors, good food, friends, and community. All week long keep […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Self Care is The Best Care

Dear Community, I want to start off by apologizing for my absence last week. Between fibro flares, emotional upsets, and working nearly around the clock I knew I would forget to get my weekly message to you one of these weeks this summer. The last three weeks have been challenging for me to say the […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Change Takes Time

  Dear Community, We’ve come to the last full week of July. Can you believe it? Time is waiting for no one. Lately I’ve felt like I’ve been moving both in slow motion and at lightening speed. The days are flying by and as my to do list grows I feel like I am accomplishing […]

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Black Women Roc!

All month long we’ve been celebrating the beauty, grace, talent and success of black women in Rochester here on 540Blog as well as our social media platforms. I must say it has been one of the most wonderful blogging campaigns that I have ever created. Learning about the work, blood, sweat and tears that community […]

Black Women Roc! Spotlight | Shalom Pearl Singer-Gause

  We are pleased to highlight Shalom Pearl Singer-Gause in our latest Black Women Roc! feature About Shalom Shalom Pearl Singr-Gause is a professional WNBF Figure Natural Bodybuilder,  She’s won the title Ms. Universe twice and last year finished 5th in the World Championship in LA. She teaches Aqua Zumba and owns a personal training […]

Black Women Roc! Spotlight | Melanie Funchess

  We are pleased to spotlight Melanie Funchess for our Black Wome Roc! Campaign About Melanie Melanie Funchess has been working professionally in Black community wellness for almost 25 years.  Currently, she is the Director of Community Engagement at the Mental Health Association of Rochester. When did you begin business and/or teaching? MF:I have been […]

Special Announcement | Black Women Roc! Campaign

We are thrilled to announce our June Black Women Roc! Campaign Today is the official launch of our June Black Women Roc! Campaign All month long 540WMain.org will spotlight the accomplishments of local black women who are effecting change in our community. Additionally, the center will feature classes and programming taught by black women (and […]