Jessica modkins



 Show Host | Author| Public Speaker


"You only get one time to make a first impression." Jessica Garrett Modkins' award-winning diverse career as a media executive has afforded her the business acumen for success. She is a noted Show Host, Public Speaker, and Author. 
She is the founder of Hip Rock Star, a trailblazing, award winning, advertising, marketing, and communications agency that focuses exclusively to build today’s socially conscious brands. Under Modkins’ leadership, Hip Rock Star has been nominated as a 2019 Small Business of the Year by the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, received the 2017 Key to Miami from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Beacon Council, 2017 Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business, 2018 & 2017 Marketing Firm of the Year from the Black Owned Media Alliance, and the 23rd Annual Communicator Award for Integrated Campaign Distinction from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts. 
Her community activism led to her being appointed to the U.S. Census 2020 Task Force for the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners and the Economic Growth Task Force for the Town of Cutler Bay, FL.  Her keen eye as a social architect has led to pinning articles for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau on top spots to visit in her first love and hometown - Miami, FL. She was  hired as the Executive Director of ColorComm Miami.  An International organization for Diverse Women in Communications.   
She was also listed as Legacy Miami Magazine’s Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business & Industry 2018.  In 2017 she was awarded as a Women of Substance Honoree by the Miami-Dade County Black Advisory Board, acknowledged as The Legacy Miami Magazine Power PR Professional 2016 awardee, awarded for the South Florida Black Journalist Association 2016 Outstanding Woman in Media, and Listed for Legacy Miami Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Professionals in Business & Industry List for 2015.
Speaking Engagements
West Virginia University, Integrate Conference
Florida International University
Miami-Dade College, School of Business
Brown Mackie College - Miami
Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
BlackTech Week
Miami Heat
Florida Department of Transportation
ColorComm Miami
BOMA, Get to Know Black Media Symposium
Most Powerful & Influential Black Professionals
Fabulous Girls Rock
Miami-Dade County District 7 Social Media Marketing
National Black Journalist Association, FMU Chapter
Miami-Dade County Department of Justice
Meet the Candidates for Office
Deering Estate Foundation
Florida Senate District 40 Candidate Forum
Miami-Dade County Mayoral Debate



Richmond Heights, a community in southwest Miami, Florida, was founded in 1949 by Capt. Frank Crawford Martin for African American World War II veterans. Captain Martin, also a veteran, thought this community would be a good business venture, but for this white man in the late 1940s it turned into a tool for social change leading all the way to the White House. Miami s Richmond Heights chronicles the beginnings of the original residents who were World War II veterans, including Tuskegee Airmen, as well as Fortune 500 presidents, doctors, university professors, and many other professionals. It explores the vision for the community, how it translated to residents, and to Pres. Harry Truman s involvement.


These 31 prayers are designed to help you lay a solid foundation for your future. As you discover how important you are, you will begin to value the fact that God made only one you. How awesome it is to embrace this truth and to consciously live in the now?


31 days of prayer for baby tackles subjects like obedience, grace, faith, judgment, friendship, wisdom, prosperity, and blessings. This bedside book is more than a novelty. It is a necessity. It is perfect for new parents, parents, grandparents, and baby enthusiasts alike. It is a practical instructional manual that takes you back to the essence of prayer.



Based on the book, Images of America: Miami’s Richmond Heights by co-authors Patricia Harper Garrett and The Historic Society’s Founder & Executive Director, Jessica Garrett Modkins, the documentary explores the lives of early settlers in detail and the rationale of the white developer Captain Frank C. Martin who perpetuated social change during Jim Crow. Martin made a bold and unpopular decision in 1949 to build a self-contained community for Black World War II veterans. The documentary will feature intimate conversations with the community’s pioneering residents in an effort to understand their experiences firsthand, and delve into Captain Frank C. Martin’s mindset behind his desire to build homes specifically designed for Black World War II veterans. The film will also take a closer look at the socioeconomic fabric of this time, segregation, and civil rights.


Miami’s multicultural communities offer an array of diverse events, festivals, concerts and art exhibits. Miami always has something fun to do that celebrates our unique cultural fabric. Whether it's an outdoor festival or conference, each has an annual place on our calendar.   

Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 13th Annual Holiday Gala on this past Saturday. The best and brightest Black businesses were honored. Honorees for the Gala included Beverly James, Luther Campbell, Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Valencia Gunder, and Bishop Victor Curry  

It’s November and that means it is time to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month. This national month’s long tradition began in 1990 to honor Native Americans. It also serves as a way to preserve the unique culture and history of Native Americans . 

Miami is a mecca of multiple cultures and a destination that celebrates those cultures and heritage. Miami’s diverse population lends itself to extensive cultural offerings. This is reflected in our music, art and dance.   




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Jessica Garrett Modkins

c/o Hip Rock Star Advertising

18001 Old Cutler Road

Suite #490

Miami, FL 33157 

Tel: 305.744.5758​

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