Who are we and where did the name "Lil MJ" come from?
Lil - Founding members Mel Agnew and Janna Mondares had a ‘lil’ goal to achieve in the near future: build a school in a third world country. They thought to themselves, “How are we going to raise the money for such a project?” A 'lil’ idea came along; raise the money by designing appealing accessories that are not only affordable but allow customers to contribute to a worthy cause. All funds from every product purchased will automatically go into the Lil MJ fund. Being a not for profit business means we're well on our way to building the school and you get to enjoy making a difference in a child's life, while looking good at the same time.
M - is for Mel a.k.a "MJ" and J - is for Janna a.k.a “Lil J,” a nickname given to her by colleagues. Mel and Lil J both work at Support Recruitment, a firm placing Office Support, Customer Service, and Sales & Marketing professionals in permanent, temporary and contract positions. Mel and Lil J are simply two young ladies with a passion for helping others. Working in the corporate world and having lived with their own hardships along the way has opened their eyes up to living life to the fullest, which means giving back. Service to others is the secret to happiness, as Oprah would say, and these ladies are the sentiment's living testament.
Meet the rest of the team...
'Boss Lady' a.k.a Simone Amelia - During Mel's visit to New York in 2010, she caught up with her amazing, hard-working and inspirational friend, Simone "Boss Lady" Amelia, who's also originally from Sydney. They put their heads together to see if they could get not only Australia, but the rest of the world behind the Lil MJ concept.
Acting as Lil MJ's promotional wiz, Boss Lady is the creator of leading online street fashion retailer DrJay's.com's entertainment channel, DrJays.com Live. She also co-hosts DJ Green Lantern's Invasion Radio show on Hip-Hop Nation (Sirius/XM 44) every Monday night in the US. Prior to following her dreams to New York City, she was the founder and editor of Urban Hitz magazine, Australia's highest-selling and most successful hip-hop and R&B publication. She's also a Reebok ambassador with her own shoe debuting for their Spring/Summer 2012 Classics collection and works closely with Youth At Risk, a grassroots mentor organization based in Manhattan.