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From The Hood To Hollywood – Lisa Buford

Meet Lisa Buford

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Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles CA, “Lisa B” realized at a very early age that she would have to take responsibility for her own success in life.

Now a successful celebrity barber and groomer of 15 years, she enjoys her work on television and movie sets in Hollywood, but life wasn’t always as glamorous for the one time single teenage mom.

Faced with many obstacles and roadblocks along the way, her ultimate success lies in her refusal to give up or give in.

Growing up in Lisa’s home, she was taught morals, character and most importantly, a disciplined work ethic.

Like many young ladies who often find themselves caught up in the arms of street men, she undoubtedly found her own life spinning out of control.

She gave birth to two children with her (then) high school love and enventually dropped out of school, all by age 16. She suffered all forms of abuse and eventually found herself (and her two children) living in between homes with very little to no financial means of support.

The hard times of being a young single mother forced Lisa to get up and fight for her life– literally. She immediately made drastic life changing decisions and placed all of her focus on not just bettering herself, but also her situation.

She knew that if there was any hope of saving herself and her kids, then she would have to do it –all by herself.

She met her challenges head on by reverting back to the morals & teachings instilled in her as a child.

Always a woman of her own hustle, she used that hustle & developed what is now, a relentless entrepreneurial mindset. She was determined & it was her time to get what was rightfully hers.

She got on her grind and set out, clippers in hand, to conquer the hair care industry –focusing on men’s haircare and grooming.


Into her young adult years, Lisa B. chased her passion and worked her way up within the industry by using her natural talent, hustler’s mentality, and self motivation.

 She has since owned a few successful barber shops in the LA area and built a strong clientele list by networking and using her own connections within the entertainment industry.

Her journey into Hollywood struck career gold when she was handpicked by Martin Lawrence to showcase her talent as his personal barber for his role in the Hollywood box office movie, Bad Boys.

Since her very first introduction into the entertainment industry, Lisa has worked on numerous Hollywood television and movie sets. After years hard work, she has worked her way out of local beauty and barber shops and seemingly effortlessly conquered the ultimate goal of most young stylists…


As the head barber of the hair department within the Hollywood MakeUp Union, she spends most of her time working on the set of the successful BET show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, which stars actor/comedian Kevin Hart.

“It’s the “show” behind the show that nobody gets to see, it’s hilarious!”

Although she is well-respected by her male counterparts and clients, Lisa admits that there are still a few stigmas that come along with being a female barber.

Like most male dominated industries, she says that gaining success as a “woman” barber is 100 times harder.

“We GOTTA be better, hustle harder, and be more determined in order to just keep up. It takes a special female to rise above the rest in this field. I have maintained my longevity by my work ethic, talent, and character and I’ve created a reputation, IN HOLLYWOOD on my OWN two feet..never on my back or knees.”

In addition to working with celebrity actors on the set of BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, Lisa has also worked on the sets of Southland, and Cedric the Entertainer’s Soul Man.

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Though now it seems that “Lisa B” has arrived, she has never forgotten the place of hopelessness & desperation from which her struggles have brought her.

Blessed with career success, she often reflects on her journey which began by her expanding her talent and network from local L.A. salons –to becoming a highly sought after and well-respected female celebrity barber within Hollywood –to holding her current position of head of the hair department within the Hollywood MakeUp Union.

 Lisa B is a go getter, a survivor, and a boss who has driven herself from the “Hood to Hollywood”, yet she stills feels that she has much more to accomplish in life.

At the start of her career, female barbers didn’t have the resources and apprenticeship opportunities that are available today. Lisa B. had to learn the game on her own.

With the knowledge she has gained over the years, she now feels that it is her turn to giveback young girls who are looking to get into the hair business.

 “I’ve never really had a mentor or support system, that’s why it is so important for me to give back as a mentor to young girls. I started my own foundation called “Reach Back” to help inspire young girls to never give up.”

 Lisa’s accomplishments may seem effortless but she remembers her struggles and remains grounded by her faith in order to to help her move around life’s roadblocks.

“All of my obstacles are overcome through my faith and my continued walk with God.”

“Honor” and “self-respect” have gotten her to where she is, and sticking to those “G” codes helps her to remain there.

One of her favorite phrases is the biblical scripture Galatians 6:7 which reminds:

“you reap what you sow”

“A very basic principle to operating in life, basically, what goes around comes around.”

A woman of wisdom and street game, Lisa says she really doesn’t give much “advice” because she believes everyone’s situation is unique, but she does offer a few words of wisdom for young aspiring cosmetologists,

“If you want to be in this field, it has got to be something that you love and have passion for or it won’t last… but that’s everything you do in life. As a female working in Hollywood, it’s easy to lose focus but all that glitters isn’t gold. You gotta stay focused on getting your money and EARNING your respect. I’ve never slept with any of my clients, that what has kept my reputation intact, everything I have, I have earned.”

In addition to leading her team and expanding on her current success within the Hollywood MakeUp Union, Lisa also co-stars on Season 3 of WeTv’s hit reality television show, ‘La Hair’ as herself, a celebrity barber.

When she is not working with her celebrity clients on television and movie sets, or filming her own television ventures, she is busy working on her own male grooming product line which is in development, a venture that Lisa says she is “super excited” about introducing to the grooming world.

All in all, Lisa embodies the word “Gangster” and by her own definition of the word, a “Gangster” is “one who governs themselves, they make no apologies for what they do, but they also hold themselves accountable for ALL that they do.”

There is never a doubt that Lisa B will continue to self motivate and accomplish all of her goals and career aspirations.

She is a strong female who not only takes full responsibility for her own life, but also her good or bad choices — and even her successes.

She is living proof that females are not only capable, but do go as hard as men in order to achieve success, and they can do so with a pretty face, talent, dignity and self respect.

 “A female boss calls her own shots: win, lose, or draw that way she can’t blame anyone and she doesn’t owe anyone.”

Salute Lisa B.

 Hollywood Celebrity Barber. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist.

She makes her own choices and takes responsibility for her own actions.

Beautiful. Powerful.

 The Definition Of Femme Gangster.

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Brandy Cavalli-Coke, Freelance journalist

Shoko Tendo: Born into the Japanese Mob


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The Café de Paris in Tokyo is bustling with chic young women sipping coffee  and reveling in the restaurant’s air of faux-French refinement. Shoko Tendo  calmly puffs on a cigarette beneath the twinkling chandeliers. She knows she  could shatter the decorum by merely rolling up her sleeves. Her arms — and  almost every other inch of her birdlike body — are plastered with the trademark  tattoos of a Japanese gangster.
Instead, she’s careful not to reveal  that she comes from the yakuza, Japan’s much-feared world of organized  crime. Despite the cloying late-summer heat, she’s clothed practically head to  toe, in a long-sleeve lilac shirt layered over a white tee and skinny jeans.  She’s a different kind of rebel these days. Leaving behind her gangster  loyalties, she has become a talk-show celebrity in Japan — the first female ever  to break the code of silence and speak about life for women in the underworld.
In a knee-jerk way, I expect the russet-haired Tendo, whose father was a  high-ranking mob boss, to be intimidating, or at least loud and brash, but she  speaks to me with a quiet thoughtfulness in her native Japanese. Her  best-selling memoir, Yakuza Moon, shocked this conservative nation three  years ago with its graphic accounts of her addictions to sex, drugs, and violent  lovers. With the book’s recent publication in the U.S., she has agreed to do her  first-ever interview with a foreign magazine to discuss the impact of her  decision to speak out — and about her life now as a single mother.
She’s  more relaxed in person, with an iced coffee in hand, than she appears in her  book, so I jump right in and ask why she’s still alive after writing it.  Usually, any kind of betrayal in the mob world is an automatic death sentence.  And the yakuza are an especially macho bunch, known for rituals that signify  their fanatic allegiance, such as severing their little fingers to atone for  mistakes. “I was really nervous about that,” Tendo says. “But I think I’ve  gotten away with it so far partly because I focused only on my own experience  and didn’t incriminate anyone else.” Yes, she gets threatening phone calls, but  Tendo, 39, insists she has no regrets. “I needed to do this for myself to find  out where I belong in the world,” she says, explaining that yakuza women, while  rarely involved in criminal activities themselves, are vilified by association.  “People in Japan can smell it if you come from a background like mine — you  can’t hide it. I wanted to change my life, but I realized the only way I could  do that was by first being honest about who I was.”


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The daughter of American Gangster Frank Lucas speaks

 Francine Lucas-Sinclair spent part of her childhood being raised by her grandparents, while her parents served time in prison. She is the daughter of Frank Lucas, the drug lord depicted in the 2007 film American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.


AMBLER — Francine Lucas-Sinclair spent part of her childhood being raised by her grandparents, while her parents served time in prison. She is the daughter of Frank Lucas, the drug lord depicted in the 2007 film American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

Through her experiences as a child with an incarcerated parent, Sinclair was led to establish Yellow Brick Roads, a program that helps children with parents in prison. On Feb. 19 at the Ambler Campus, Lucas-Sinclair presented, “My Father: The American Gangster,” an insight into her life as a child and how it led up to the birth of a new organization for children like herself.

“My father built a heroin pipeline from Southeast Asia to New York and paid soldiers in Asia to smuggle drugs over here and sold it for cheap. My dad looked at this as a business opportunity at the time,” Lucas-Sinclair said.

During the era of the Vietnam War, soldiers used drugs in Vietnam and eventually became addicted to it, Sinclair said. Lucas made $1 million a day from his business.

“We lived in New Jersey where [there] are beautiful houses, picket fences, [and] manicured lawns, but we lived a normal life,” Lucas-Sinclair said. “We took exotic trips, but it wasn’t like people think that he spent enormous amounts of money on extravagant things. Our house was always cheerful – it had lots of friends and family.”

Even with her enjoyable childhood, Lucas-Sinclair was too young to understand what he father did for a living. “As a little girl, I had a loving father and loving mother, all the toys I could ever want, but what I didn’t know what my dad was doing,” she said. “When you’re living on borrowed time, sooner or later it’s going to catch up to you. We were living at the expense of others.“

In 1975, Lucas went down with his business at the end of the war. Lucas-Sinclair was three years old when her father was arrested for drugs.

“The federal authorities came charging into our house,” she said. “I do remember that it was like a stampede of people coming through the door. I remember just screaming, and there was a lot of screaming in our house. I remember being thrown on the floor. It was traumatizing.”

After the arrest, life for Lucas-Sinclair was different.

She visited her dad every day in jail but didn’t understand where he was. Sometimes she believed he was in a fish tank when she talked to him through glass, she said. For her, it was a very confusing time. Her father was sentenced to 70 years in prison, and his family was placed in the witness protection program and moved to Albuquerque, N.M.

After living in New Mexico for three years and not growing accustomed to the lifestyle, they got out of the witness protection program and moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with Lucas-Sinclair’s grandparents.

Frank Lucas was released from prison within six years and had a difficult time obtaining work. Lucas went back to the drug business and was caught a second time, but this time, his wife was also involved. He went back for eight years, while his wife went for five years. Lucas-Sinclair went back to San Juan to live with her grandparents.

“They taught me that I have to determine what my life would be,” Lucas-Sinclair said.

When released, her mother enrolled Lucas-Sinclair in the girl scouts.

“I had to take responsibility for my actions. I couldn’t act up,” Lucas-Sinclair said.

Her parents taught Lucas-Sinclair that their choices did not have to determine her choices. From her experiences as a child with incarcerated parents, she decided to start Yellow Brick Roads, formed to help children who, like herself, who have incarcerated parents.

“I think it’s an excellent program,” said Michelle Darby, Kensington Annex Head Start teacher. “Having a support system like this makes them [feel] accepted. It’s more prevalent because there are just so much more parents [being incarcerated] because of drug offenses.”

Sophomore Nick Prince also saw the benefits of the program.

“I felt good to witness the beginnings of a foundation that will eventually benefit a lot of people,” Prince said. “I see it taking more kids away from the streets. I think there needs to be a program recognizing a program where they can relate to.” Sarada Jailal can be reached at

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Redemption: Ex Queen Pin Jemeker Thompson


Entering the Drug Game

Jemeker Thompson, also known as the “Queen Pin,” rose to the top of  the cocaine trade during the peak of the  1980s crack epidemic in Los  Angeles, California.

Evicted from her home at a young age, Thompson, determined to make money—and fast—partnered with an older man by the name of Anthony M. “Daff” Mosley. Together, they ran a successful cocaine-trafficking business in L.A. The two would later marry and have one child together, a son they named Anthony.

Rule of the ‘Queen Pin’

After several months in the drug game, Thompson and Daff decided to  expand their business by moving to a more in-demand drug, crack-cocaine.  Shortly thereafter, tragedy struck: Daff was killed while washing his  car. Eventually, a devastated Thompson trudged on, continuing to expand  the business she’d started with her late husband by making additional  connections and moving into new territories throughout the United  States. Around this same time, Thompson also invested in an L.A.-based  hair business, selling hair to celebrities, and traveling and holding  shows to show of her products.

Also during this time, Thompson  had begun dating a man known as “Cheese” who would later prove to be  less than trustworthy, cooperating with authorities and  snitching her out after the two parted ways. Thompson subsequently fled  L.A. and went into hiding.

Capture, Conviction and Sentencing

On the run for two years, in 1993,  Thompson—or the “Queen Pin,” as she was known by both the police and  media—finally decided to return to L.A. to attend her son’s 6th grade  graduation ceremony, where law-enforcement officials, suspecting her  attendance, were promptly waiting. She was  subsequently arrested, tried on and convicted of charges related to  drug-trafficking, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

While in  prison, Thompson developed a stronger faith in God and came to disparage  her previous involvement in the drug game. She also began serving as a  minister to other inmates. “Doors began to open that only God himself  could have opened,” she later stated.

Prison Release and Later Life

Thompson was released from prison in 2005, after serving 13 years in a maximum-security prison alongside the likes of Griselda Blanco and Squeaky Fromme. The Queen Pin now serves as an evangelical minister at Second Chance Ministries in South Central, Los Angeles, which she also owns. According to Thompson, her ministerial mission is to show others that, through God, they’ll always have a second chance in life.

Pain And Poetry: by Jessica Kinkade

Jessica “JLynn” Kinkade is a devoted mother, writer, and most importantly, a survivor.


Her upcoming book entitled, Pain & Poetry is a memoir that will chronicle her past struggles with domestic and emotional abuse and the pain that she has endured as a result of her previous lifestyle choices as a young woman.

She is using the book to not only help motivate and inspire other women and young girls, but to also bring much needed closure to her own self. She credits her daughters as her inspiration and she is determined to deter them from the pitfalls of the streets in hopes that they will never have to endure the same struggles that she has overcome.

Far removed from the streets, negative influences, and lifestyle that once dominated her life, JLynn is now on a more positive journey and says she even works a 9-5. She plans to use Pain & Poetry as a platform into her newest career endeavor as a motivational speaker against domestic violence.

We caught up with the up and coming published writer and the newest cast member of the upcoming documentary film, “The Gangster’s Girl: Last Girl Standing” for a mini Q/A about her upcoming book release.

What inspired you to write poetry?

Poetry is sometimes the only way I can express myself. It is also a way for me to get closure with tough situations. I have been writing for so long that I don’t actually recall where I initially got my inspiration from, I was very young.

I have been using poetry as a form of expression since I was a child; I had my first poem published at age 11. 

What gives you drive and determination?

My daughters give me my drive and determination! I have 3 beautiful daughters ages 10, 6, & 5. It is very important to me for them to see me take and maintain control of my life. That hasn’t always been the case. It is NOT an option for my girls to go through any of the struggles that I have, period!

What can we expect from your upcoming book Pain & Poetry? 

Pain & Poetry is actually a memoir that includes poetry that I have written over the course of the past 15 years of my life. The poetry that is in the book is relevant to the events covered in the book. The book will touch on sexual abuse and focus on the years of domestic abuse that I have endured. The readers will be led on a journey that includes everything from sex, drugs, strip clubs and violence. The book will detail what I consider the lowest points of my life, and follow me to the point of when I decided to take back my power.

What is the release date of Pain & Poetry? 

If all goes as planned, the book will be released August of 2013. I will keep you posted on the exact date. 

Will there be any book signing events so that you can connect with your audience? 

There will definitely be a launch party held here in my home state of Nashville (TN). Depending on the success of the book, I would love to host signings in other states.  

How can your audience purchase the book? 

Pain & Poetry will be available on It will also be available in paperback, also digital and audio.



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