“Melva has an outstanding eye for aesthetics. She visualizes how best to showcase items, then crafts a plan for placement or display, and sees her vision through to reality. I applaud her creativity and commitment to tackling the toughest job.”- Senator Geraldine F. Thompson, District 12, State of Florida
“Examining, defining or visually articulating a project, Akens Design delivers a fresh and surprising new clarity to our design projects.” - Matt Mattus, Director of Creative Development Hasbro, Inc.
“Melva, you’re working too hard!” - Shaquille O’Neale, NBA Player Retired
“You are absolutely magical!” - National Association of Black Journalists
“The staff at Onyx Magazine is very fortunate to have Melva Akens as one of its columnists. Her contribution has added depth and credibility to the content of our publication. I am extremely pleased with her articles on business and personal etiquette. People seem to have forgotten about sensitivity toward others, Melva’s articles remind us of this responsibility.” - Lillian Seays, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Onyx Magazine