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Byron K. Weathersby, Sr.

Byron K. Weathersby, Sr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. (recently devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita). He spent most of his childhood in what most New Orleanians would call one of the worst neighborhoods in the city...the lower Ninth Ward. Literally surrounded by drugs and violence, Byron was raised by a strong-willed, hard working mother and shielded by the fervent prayers of his grandparents.

Byron graduated from the very popular McDonogh 35 Senior High in New Orleans. He joined the Army National Guard, served during "Desert Storm" and later received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University on May 19, 1995. The very next day, he married his beautiful and loving wife, Java Harrell. He went on to work for Jesse Duplantis Ministries in New Orleans, for a total of 6 years, designing a monthly magazine and other forms of print media. During this time, Byron and Java became the parents of two beautiful kids; Byron, Jr. and Jirah Gabrielle Weathersby. In 2003, Byron started WeathersBee Design; a Graphic Design firm, which is still operating today.

Byron is a strong believer of the Word of God and knows that with HIM nothing is impossible. Both he and his wife served faithfully, for over 10 years, in several areas of ministry at Household of Faith Family Worship Church International, pastored by Antoine M. Barriere.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed almost everything the Weathersby family owned. Packed with their faith in God, the clothes on their backs and one vehicle, the family fled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they currently reside. With nothing but time on their hands, all the family could do was pray, believe God and watch HIM restore everything they lost..."and then some!"

Byron believes that everything happens for a reason. "Katrina" taught him the importance of quality family time, a deeper relationship with his wife and an even stronger relationship with God....Thus, the birth of "Beautiful Black".

Simply put, "Beautiful Black" is designed to empower and inspire "us" to trust and believe in "us", in all aspects of life. It's Time! It's Time! It's Time! Help us in our endeavors to build stronger communities and in turn, a stronger future for our kids.