Meet the Millen Twins. Kerese and Kristle Millen are Chicago natives and the founders of xXposure, a visual magazine. The two-time authors of the books, “There’s Power In Your I Am,” and “Thoughts Become Things,” are educators who believe in instilling positivity into students’ lives.
The Millen Twins believe in giving the gift of help by providing resources for those in need. They donate their time, money, experience, skills, and talent to help create a better world. They truly believe in their slogan that “Thoughts Become Things,” and they spread their message through every platform they hit.
What is the xXposure and why was it started?
xXposure is a visual magazine that provides a platform for individuals who decided to move in their purpose. We decided to start this visual magazine because there was a void in the independent world of having a voice, and many stories were going untold and unnoticed due to the lack of recognition and popularity of the subject.
Where do you see xXposure in the next five years?
We see xXposure on a nationwide level spreading motivation around world.
What is it like working with your twin sister?
Kerese: It’s like working with your best friend. We’re like minded and share the same views and have the same work ethics.
Kristle: I have a built-in life partner. It’s easy to execute ideas to each other because we trust each other. We have fun together. It’s nothing like working with someone who has the same morals and sometimes different views on things but can always respect each other. I wouldn’t trade her for the world. We have a blast.
Who are the most influential persons in your lives?
Kerese: The most influential people in my life are my parents, my twin sister Kristle and my son.
Kristle: The most influential people in my life are my parents, my twin sister, and my husband.
What motivates you?
Kerese: Life itself because even though we have our ups and downs it motivates me to keep going and strive to be better every day.
Kristle: What motivates us is when God gives us a vision and we see the result of it, that’s what urges us to push even harder.
What do you like about Hyde Park?
Kerese: The amenities that they offer. The support for black own businesses. The shopping and variety of food that is available.
Kristle: I like Hyde Park’s diversity and the community gatherings that uplifts each other. We’ve attended several events such as the Silver Room, events at The Promontory, and also independent movies at the Harper theater. Hyde Park gives off a positive energy.
Meet Mireya Fouché. Mireya is a first-generation Mexican-American mother to her Haitian-Mexican son, community leader, writer, builder and creative. Born and raised in Chicago and moved around – from Pilsen to the old Lakeview, and then to Uptown and now, she is finally digging roots in Rogers Park. Continue reading “Mireya Fouché – Founder of One Heart One Soul”
Meet Shekinah Joi Hudson. Joi is the founder of LoveYouBye™, yoga for the culture. The brand was started because of her love for yoga. According to Joi, she initially opened the space exclusively for women of color who didn’t feel comfortable in traditional yoga studios. Continue reading “Shekinah Joi Hudson – Owner LoveYouBye™”
I had the opportunity to sit and talk with the co-owners of YogaSix Hyde Park, Hyde Park’s newest yoga studio. Crystal Pinkston and Sharon Calhoun Norman are very excited to welcome the community to their studio. Beyond the body-heart-mind components of yoga, they’re very focused on bringing diversity and inclusivity to their yoga space. Continue reading “YogaSix Hyde Park – An Interview With Studio Owners”
Meet Carly Baroh. Carly describes herself as minimalist, learner, yoga instructor, vegan, and one who contributes positively to the earth and other people in any way that she can. Three years ago, at the age of 34 and while running a $24 million dollar business, she quit her job to backpack the world solo. Continue reading “Carly Baroh’s journey and why she quit her day job.”
Meet Robert Leaks. Robert is a Chicago native, a husband, the father of three sons, a barber stylist, an educator and an entrepreneur who is passionate about his work. His barbershop wall is lined with BARBICIDE® course certificates proving his dedication to the controlled of linfection in his barbershop. Robert also believes that education and mentoring are essential for the growth and development of our future generation. Continue reading “Master Barber Robert Leaks owner M.L.S Grooming”