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Suzan McDowell
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Suzan McDowell is the CEO/ President of one of the most successful minority-owned businesses in South Florida, Circle of One Marketing, with high profile clients like Jazz in the Gardens, OneUnited Bank, Mourning Family Foundation, Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, Urban League of Greater Miami, The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery, Camillus House, The University of Miami, National Bar Association and HistoryMiami, to name just a few. Founded in 2001, “The Circle” has grown into a influential corporate citizen with a unique ability to access and move the African-American & Caribbean markets. The Circle is a multi-talented, multi-cultural team inclusive of experts in creative design, public and media relations, social media, community outreach, partnership development, media buying and event management. In 2014, the agency launched The Circle L.A. a division focusing on California based projects. Suzan is a "Jamerican", a graduate of the University of Texas who enjoyed an illustrious 19 year sales career in radio and newspaper. She is active in the community, donating her time, expertise and resources to Women for Obama, The Overtown Youth Center, One Billion Rising, Miami Children's Initiative, The Sandy B. Muller Breast Cancer Foundation, Joshua's Heart and Camp Waziyatah. The love of her life is her daughter, the beautiful and reasonably normal Sydney Alicia. Personal motto: “The one who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the One doing it”

McDowell was named one of the top 50 Most Influential Black Professionals 2013 by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. Circle of One Marketing is the Winner of 2011 "Small Business of the Year" by the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce 
Winner of 2011 "Business of the Year" by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald
 Winner of 2010 "Corporation of the Year Award" by the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County. Top 100 Minority Businesses 2006 to 2013 by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Entries by Suzan McDowell

10 Places Where Miami is a True Melting Pot

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Miami is touted as the city of the future because practically every race, culture, country, nationality, sexual orientation, creed and scam artist are represented here. Its ground zero for the good, the bad and the ugly. Supposedly Miami is a melting pot. Yet every time I ask someone to name...

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The Art of Transformation Is Here!

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:57 AM

There was a time when if you said the name Opa-locka, what came to the minds of anyone not from Opa-locka was drugs, The Triangle and the irony that this small 4.2 mile City also housed the private airport for superstars (remember the Beiber...

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It's All About the Sticker: I Voted Today!

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 11:23 PM

Admit it, all you really want is the sticker. Yea, yea, yea, it's nice to do our civic duty and all, but nothing beats the feeling you get when at the end of the process, you're handed the "I VOTED TODAY!" sticker. Pride. For the wearer, the sticker imbues a...

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Miami: The Land of Gimme

(5) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 2:55 PM

A few years ago, walking into a club I had been invited to by the promoter, I found him snapping this huge rubber band on his right hand. I asked him why the giant rubber band? He pointed to the disappointed guy walking away with his girlfriend and said he...

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Go Ahead Miami, Sleep Your Way to the Top

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 3:18 PM

As an active professional, single mother, small business owner, chatterbox and all around energizer bunny, I'm allergic to slowing down. It just feels wrong, like shouldn't I always be doing something to further advance my life success? I feel anxious when I'm not "overdoing it." As special as I would...

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Top 10 Reasons to Love Miami Critical Mass

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:11 AM

A corker flips his bike over in the middle of an intersection and looks to the sky, searching perhaps for a plane, a bird, anything, as the car he's blocking sits on its horn. Get out of the way! Then... get out of the way, dammit and expletive,...

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Bob Marley, the Messenger

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 4:19 PM

My sister's first boyfriend was a gorgeous half Indian half black boy with dreadlocks. Our dad wouldn't let him come past the front gate. In Jamaica in the mid 70's, teenage daughters of upper middle class families from St. Andrew did not date boys with dreads, even if they also...

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Go Over the Edge? Only for the Children...

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 9:33 PM

Why would anybody in their right mind willingly go Over the Edge of the Miami Marriott Marquis? Oh yes, the old "it's for the children" routine. Yet, it really is for the children of Liberty City, through the work of the Miami Children's Initiative (MCI), building strong families...

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From Boiled Peanuts to Electric Lemonade, the Farmers Market is Heaven

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 12:34 PM

We all know those weeks. The 40 -- more like 60 -- hour work week -- chock full of "reply all" emails, conference calls, the to do list that never seems to dwindle, working hard and skating into payroll. You limp out on Friday numb, broken, stressed out, feeling like...

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The Tragedy of Trayvon

(19) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 4:30 PM

It seems to me that eradicating racism in America is like trying to take eggs out of a cake. It can't be done; it's too late. The last few days have been a sad state of affairs for race relations in this country. Nobody won. We all lost a little...

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How Do You Forgive the Kid Who Murdered Your Son?

(7) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:35 PM

That's what I'd like to know. How do you forgive the 14-year-old who murdered your son?

Jaime Gough was a curious boy who loved sports, music and his close-knit family. In 2004 his best friend Michael Hernandez lured him into their middle school bathroom stall with the promise...

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Will Miami's Soul Food Sister Amaris Jones Survive?

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 1:43 PM

Thank God Amaris Jones has a formidable personal brand. That's because she was as shocked as everyone else when the rug was pulled out from under her hugely popular soul food restaurant, South Street, in the ritzy and getting ritzier Miami's Design District. Inspired by her...

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Heat vs. Spurs: Who Cares?

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 6:59 PM

If I'm honest, I'll admit I don't really care that much about sports. As a fiercely competitive alpha female, I probably should. So today, in Miami, known as the bandwagon fan capital of the sporting universe, you can add one more fair weather fan who's mainly in it for the...

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One Billion Rising in Miami

(6) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:27 PM

In their lifetime, one billion women are slapped, beaten, raped, punched, kicked, stabbed, murdered, molested, trafficked, harassed, violated, stoned, circumcised, flattened, demoralized, cut, shot, deformed, and abused. They are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends. Any woman regardless of age, race, education, beauty, character, culture, income or profession can be...

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The First Lady of Everything

(8) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 3:42 PM

In the summer of 2008, when I met Michelle Obama, I asked her for a "victory fist bump." My friends, knowing that I'm always the one to do some craziness, warned me against it. "Are you crazy Suzan?" wasn't such a crazy question, since it was just six...

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MAST Academy: How the Miami Dade County Public School Board Is Selling Its Soul

(43) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 12:04 PM

When I got the call that my daughter Sydney had been accepted to MAST Academy, frankly I was speechless, which for me is almost never. See, in order to get into MAST, first you have to be smart, then you have to be lucky. I know my baby...

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She Aint for No Foolishness

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 12:15 PM

I'm scared of Shirley Gibson, the first and only mayor of the nine-year-old City of Miami Gardens. She ain't for no foolishness and sometimes I have foolishness to report.

Not that I think she'll beat me up, but because she is so demanding of very high standards...

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Now That Black History Month Is Over

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 6:26 PM

I consciously chose not to write this blog during February. Why bother? There is more than enough sucking up out there. Each February, everywhere you go, people are falling over themselves to acknowledge Black people, as if we don't exist for the rest of the year. OMG! Look, they're so...

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