About: Fly + Intellect
Mz Coko likes being Fly... and Mz Coko likes talking about stuff other than clothes... cuz that's what 'Intellectuals' do. Plus Mz Coko has a slight case of ADD and can not stay on one topic... so whatever Mz Coko feels like talking about (something along the lines of fashion and black folk issues) is what is gonna get talked about.

Name: Coko Mulan
Home: Detroit, MI, United States
About Me: 23. Christian. TheDazzleCartelFounder.SalonZeroDegrees.AccessoryFreak. ShoeAddict. UniversityOfMichiganAlumni. BigSister. Daughter. AttitudeProblem. Comedienne. Shop-a-holic. Intellectual(Duh). Opinionated
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  Friday, June 17, 2011  
Think before you invest into an "accelerated" program! For-profit schools are not FOR YOU
As you all know very well, I have graduated from the University of Michigan. Upon entry to U of M, I wanted to become an M.D., upon exit, I was unsure. 2 years later, I have a new plan for my life: I want to become an entrepreneur and go into public health. With that being said, I don't have many job options with my B.S. in Anthropology-Zoology to fund my new goals. So naturally, I have to go back to school so that I can have an actual job that pays well. I was looking into a couple of programs to become a licensed esthetician, and somehow Everest Institute ended up getting in touch with me. Now, all I wanted to do was know a couple of basic things

-Tuition Rates
-Length of Program

I found none of that n the site. What I had to do was fill out a form and a rep contacted me. When they contacted me they still couldn't answer my questions. I had to make an appointment to go in. Firstly, they DO NOT EVEN HAVE an esthetican program, so I'm not sure why it's listed. But I decided to inquire about their other programs, I looked into the medical assistant program and again I could find none of the information that I thought would be readily available. I had to actually go in to get this information. That should have been my first sign that Everest Institute was inadequate. They told me that tuition for Everest was $17,000 for a 9-month program. That FLOORED me. That is equal to 4 semesters at U of M. They're kidding right? No. They were not. They were very serious and very adamant about getting me to come to their institution. Not going to happen. At all. It was so not worth it. They offer the same program at the local community college for about $2,000 or less. It takes a little longer but honestly, you can't master something in 9 months. I just don't think you can. Furthermore, the salary of a Medical Assistant is definitely not worth a $17,000 salary.

I noticed that these universities prey on people who have NO CLUE ABOUT COLLEGE. They market to minorities and people with low-incomes. It's shameful. In essence they are setting them up for a life of slaving to pay back student loans with a job that pays much less than they expected. They would have been better off not going to school at all. The for-profit higher-education schools such as Everest Institute, Kaplan, University of Phoenix, DeVry University, Strayr University, etc. are really bad decisions. They are not worth the money for these reasons:

-You can't transfer your credits. So not only is it not worth the money, but if you wanted to continue your education, most of these credits will not go towards your degree.

-No accreditation. Most of the schools are not accredited.

- They have poor graduation rates

- It's not a quality education

- They are for-profit, not for you. They just want your pell grant and loan money.

- They don't have a good alumni network.

Just go to a real college. You will fare much better.
Do your research and don't make a rash decision about your education.

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posted by Coko Mulan @ 5:57 PM   21 comments
  Monday, January 10, 2011  
The Dazzle Cartel... our first OFFICIAL shoot!

I've been busy preparing to launch my business The Dazzle Cartel.
The Dazzle Cartel (TDC) is a full service glamour squad. We have hairstylists, make-up artists, wardrobe stylists, nail artists, graphic artists, and photographers. TDC provides the following services: hair styling, weave installations, make-up artistry, nail art, styling closet, personal shopping, photography, and quality hair extensions and products.

There is sooo much going on right now. Anyway, My business partner/BFF Ci Maria and I did our first photoshoot for the business. We've been doing some press and we don't have any promotional pictures! For the shoot, we wanted to show ourselves in our natural element.

As some of you may or may not know, I've done some modeling before. I've been published in about 5 hair mags and W Magazine. You would think I wouldn't be nervous right? Wrong lol. I retired from modeling and I recently decided 2011 will be my year to come back. For me personally, that's a lot of pressure. These pictures are like a mass representation of the business and of us! We own a glam squad and claim to be like the flyest, most fabulous newcomers in the game. "." PERIOD lol

The nerves came from the new look, not being prepared, and potentially overthinking everything, as I tend to do.

We got some great shots though! All is well that ends well!

Myron Watkins aka TheMrMr was the photographer for our first shoot. He is also our official photographer!! Check him out www.myronwatkins.com.

Ci Maria did all of the wardrobe styling for the shoot. The dress and the jewelry are vintage. They are apart of our styling closet. I got the dress from a vintage store in DC. We did the shoot in DC. Our hair was done by TDC Hairstylist and Salon Zero Degrees owner (who is also my cousin) Ms. Mika! Make-up was done by Kris. She has done some work with our other hairstylists before. I think she did a pretty good job on my face. Especially with my foundation. I can't wait to post the pictures !

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posted by Coko Mulan @ 7:40 AM   3 comments
  Wednesday, January 5, 2011  
Happy New Year !!!!
Since my last post I've had so many blessings and learning experiences! I have grown a lot and my business has grown so much!! We have so much potential and an exciting year ahead of us!! A lot of my friends are doing amazing things as well. I'm just so excited about life right now. It's been 5 years since I graduated from high school and I didn't think this is where my life would lead me. Somewhere in my dreams, but never my reality.

2010 was a serious roller coaster ride. There were highs, there were lows, but when I look back on it, I would ride that ride all over again.

As I start my new year I have to think about what 2010 taught me and all I can say is sometimes you have to step out on faith. I'm not talking about saying you have faith, I'm talking about actually stepping out on faith. I'm talking about walking off the edge and knowing that God is going to put a foundation beneath you to walk on. Stay true to yourself, pray, and meditate. God will work it out.

posted by Coko Mulan @ 7:45 PM   1 comments
  Sunday, September 19, 2010  
In the meantime......
I be busy but ya'll watch this widget

posted by Coko Mulan @ 10:32 PM   0 comments
  Friday, August 20, 2010  
What I've been up to!!
It's been a year since I updated almost!! Sorry for that guys but I am going to be doing much much better!! God has been doing some amazing things in my life ! :0)

I currently reside in Washington, DC. I opened my own business, The Dazzle Cartel Jewelry and The Dazzle Cartel Studios, which is essentially a glam squad. I hosted my first showcase at Sei lounge in Chinatown DC (www.seirestaurant.com). We will be having them the second Thursday of every month. The next one will be September 9! If you are out in the DMV area come support!!

A lot of my friends have graduated and are doing big things !!

Lil Bit graduated in December from Howard University, she walked in May and is now living in Atlanta! She took a year off because she's about to get married.... and guess who's the Maid of Honor?! Yours truly :-D

The Philanthropist graduated in December also from Purdue University. I didn't make it to his graduation but he still loves me! He's been busy studying for his GMAT... going to get his MBA <3

Yes, Hot Pants and I are still friends. She also graduated from Michigan State University in December... I wasn't able to make it to her graduation either but I love her anyway and I'm so proud! She's grown up so much.. <3 her

The Athlete graduated from Michigan State University this May with a degree in Mechanical Engineering!! The only black person in his degree program and he now plays for the Miami Dolphins.

^^The Philanthropist, The Athlete, Me and our other friend Reggie Reg after The Athlete's graduation from MSU.

My baby sis graduated from high school also! I did her up for her prom. She's attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall. I'm so proud of her. Pictured are my brother, Mom, Stepmom, little sisters and cousins. I'm soooo proud of them !!! :-)

I also did a hair showcase BUT... I'll save those pix for the next post because this is getting long lol

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posted by Coko Mulan @ 11:28 AM   0 comments
  Tuesday, May 5, 2009  
Ok so I finally walked across the stage.. Graduation day was May 2. There were 2 graduations, the one that comprised of everyone from all of the undergraduate colleges and the Black Celebratory program. I have pix!!

I got my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Anthropology (yay me!) Well.. I am getting my degree next month.. I have one more class to complete.

Future plans... I plan on getting a dual degree, an MD/MPH. I have yet to take my MCAT and I have 2 more classes to fulfill my prereqs for medical school. But, I am starting my public health degree this fall.

and on to the pix!

This is before graduation, if you look, all of the graduates are filing in on the other side.

Yes I am in this booklet!!

The view from my seat... it does not pay to be early to graduation ya dig

The massive sea of graduates from my mother's seat. There were about 6000.

I guess me and my friends thought they were taking a picture of us.. but clearly they were trying to capture the AKA's!! It's still lovely tho LOL

Me and Baby Monkey! She went back to Cali this morning =(

More pix I took with friends at graduation!

Me and my roomie after the big graduation

After the big graduation!

3 of my best friends came to the big graduation... Lil Bit, Mr. Talented, and the Princess! Lil Bit and the Princess went broke coming from Howard University to see me!! That's why I love them! So supportive!

After the big graduation, me and some of my closest friends and fellow graduates went to eat with our families.

Black Celebratory 09.. yes I am on that stage

Me and my Mom after Black Celeb... and yes she was at the big one

My other best friend, the Mama, showed up at the Black Celeb graduation

My Uncle and his family were there acting a fool

My 2 cousins that keep my hair so fabulous!

My other BFF... Mr. athlete came.. 5 out of 6 of my best friends came to see me graduate... The philanthropist didn't come because he had finals! Get it in!

After all of this.. I went to a party... there will be NO PIX released... cuz that party ended with me passing out in my car and waking up the next morning STILL IN THE CAR covered up with my robe LOL. Good times tho

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posted by Coko Mulan @ 2:24 PM   6 comments
  Friday, April 3, 2009  
Guess Who's Coming Back!!!
I'll be back soon.. I promise.. and with regular updates!! Promise! I got a new computer and I am about to graduate.. so I'll have more free time!

I know I have neglected ya'll before but.. u know how it is.. the University of Michigan is trying to take my life away ya dig!
posted by Coko Mulan @ 9:50 AM   2 comments