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Michel’le Movie Dr. Dre Tried To Stop With Lawsuit Debuts

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

lifetime-biopic-702x336This past week, numerous media sources made reports about music mogul Dr. Dre’s threats to sue singer and reality TV star Michel’le.

Lawyers for Dr. Dre have issued cease and desist letters over the release of “Surviving Compton: Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, and Michel’le,” a biopic based on Michel’le’s life as an artist at Ruthless Records and Deathrow Records. However, Sony Pictures (the film’s production company) and Lifetime (the TV network that released the film) didn’t bend to any legal threats.

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8/7 p.m. EST and CST, “Surviving Compton” made its world premier debut on time and on schedule. The riveting biopic chronicles Michel’le’s life from the late 1980s until the early 2000s. This film tells Michel’le’s side of the story, which was infamously left out of 2015’s wildly successful “Straight Outta Compton,” a straight-to-theater biopic about the legendary rap group NWA.

Michel’le’s biopic about the days when Ruthless Records (and later Deathrow Records) reigned supreme over the entertainment industry showcases the musical genius of the “Something In My Heart” songtress. However, “Surviving Compton” is appropriately named.

It takes a special kind of strength to live through what Michel’le experienced during such volatile days in the music industry. She did all that on top of bearing children by two of hip hop’s most notorious rivals and California-bred music moguls. Domestic abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, and a depiction of the $ex-fueled lifestyles of a host of entertainers is definitely on full display in “Surviving Compton.”

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“Courting” – Raising The Standard In Black Love

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

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What happened to Black love? Who decided that Black women were not worthy of a lifetime of love, companionship, a beautiful house and home and a healthy and comfortable home life?

In the video below, Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses and Shaquita Graham discuss a very compelling topic – courting.

It seems that the way that marriage and family are viewed is often negative or as the two ladies put it, “marriage and family are being devalued”.

In this segment of Married Women’s Business, the ladies stalk about the significance of the process of courting a mate and how it affects Black women, men and children and ask some very thought provoking questions.

For more Married Women’s Business TV segments, go to this LINK.

Mom Creates Black Kids’ School Supplies & They Sell Out

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Nneka1Implementing an idea that requires you to use your creativity and eventually give you the ability to deliver an essential product or service to supporters of your brand is a wonderful thing.

This is the most fundamental process that a successful entrepreneur must go through in order to achieve his or her goals. The most unassuming, everyday person can turn a spur of the moment idea into a successful enterprise that serves a legion of satisfied customers.

Take Nneka, 27 (pictured), is a prime example of who a person can become and what they can do being creative and using ingenuity. Nneka approached a crossroad period in her life when she was recently discharged from the military honorably.

The single mother just started a business called Innovative Supplies, which features a product line of school supplies that are designed with themes of black pride. Madame Noire covered Nneka’s journey in an article that was published on Tuesday.

“[Nneka’s] notebooks [are] so dope you want to buy 20 for yourself and everyone you know. She took action and her products sold out,” wrote Erickka Sy Savane, a Madame Noire contributor.

Read the rest: TheBlackHomeschool

Is The Man In Your Life Ready To Marry YOU?

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

While marriage can be the hardest thing to maintain and be successful at, there are no formal tests or prerequisites, other than being above a certain age. Unfortunately, some people find out too late (after getting married) that there are some important questions that should have been raised before making that big leap.

In the video below, Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses and Andre Hatchett discuss a story about a man who says he is ready to marry a woman but says he is unable to give her “the wedding of her dreams”.

Some of the questions that come up are why he is marrying her if he feels ill equipped to give her what he says she deserves.

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8 Year Old Built Baking Business To Buy His Mom a House

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

jalenJalen Bailey, 8, and his mother live together in a small rental house in Fresno, California. Jalen has much bigger dreams than this small home however. He became an entrepreneur at a young age with one simple goal in mind…a house for his mother. It all started in preschool when he was helping his mother during the holidays while she was making sweet potato pie to make some money. He began forming ideas about other baked goods that he could make to give to people and soon his passion took off.

Seeing how engaged Jalen was with baking his mother, Sharhonda Mahan, decided that it was time for him to learn about business. He went to a program made just for kids that showed them how to manage money, manage a business, market themselves, and reach a specific target audience that they were looking for. He flew through the course and even got a business license through the state so he could begin selling his delicious baked goods to others. Now Jalen and his mother are sending out orders every day to their loyal customers.

Read more: TheBlackHomeschool

Marriage: Writer Says Husbands Must Stop Obeying Their Wives

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

black-couple-in-bedBlackAndMarriedWithKids.com recently published an article about this issue titled Stop Obeying Your Wife: 4 Important Clues in Discerning Your Wife’s Preferences. Heath Wiggins, the article’s author put this painstaking subject in a light-hearted way, which pointed out how communication plays big a part in balancing a marriage’s power structure between man and woman.

“Don’t get me wrong; I’m not talking about ‘obeying’ in an authority/submissive manner. But in a ‘Honey, I gotta work late…can you make dinner tonight’ kinda way,”‘ Wiggins wrote.

Adulthood is all about doing what’s expected of you without being asked to do it the way a child has to be asked. The four clues of discernment Wiggins talks about vividly point out how a husband is to assert his role in the marriage without becoming a lame pushover living under the thumb of his wife.

The first clue of discernment Wiggins talks about deals with how a husband assesses the fears his wife may have. He writes:

“For example, is she afraid your young child might play with a small and potentially dangerous object left laying around the house? If so, you should always know to pick up the objects whenever you see them on the floor.Learn what your wife’s biggest fears are…if you don’t know already. From them, discern what her preferences are based on her need to avoid them.”(BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com)

Another clue of discernment Wiggins discusses in the article is the principle of Time vs. Money vs. Quality. He classifies this clue as being very significant. Wiggins goes on to write…

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Mompreneurs: Lessons We Can Learn from Broke Entrepreneur Turned Millionaire

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

black business ownersSerial entrepreneur Tomas Gorny was one who only chased after riches and ended up losing millions.

Gorny grew up in Poland, living in poverty. He came to the United States when he was 25 years old and started up a company. He made millions but wanted even more. Due to his constant pursuit of the almighty dollar he ended up losing everything. He sat back and looked at what he had done wrong so he wouldn’t make the mistake again. He started another company and now has a staff of 500 employees. He sat down for an interview with Brian Hughes, a contributor for entrepreneur.com, and told him the four most important things you need to know about building wealth:

1. You cannot be afraid to fail. Failure is a huge part of building your own business. You are going to have times where you feel like you can’t do anything right or the pressure is too much. How you handle the failure is what will define your future as an entrepreneur. Take risks. Don’t be afraid of a new idea or process. If it fails it is just an opportunity for you to reinvent a process or come up with new and better ideas.

2. If you are only focused on the money that you want to make you will never get ahead. Gorny said that when his business failed he looked at what he was doing wrong and it was focusing on money. Now he applies the principal of giving the best value and service to the customer that he possibly can because they are what is most important to the business.

3. If someone has an accent that is different than yours or they dress a little differently, you shouldn’t underestimate them. When he first came to America Gorny said that people pushed him aside because of his Polish accent. It only made him work harder and he is now well-respected in his community.

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13-Year-Old Spa Owner Named Teenpreneur By Black Enterprise

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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The best thing you can teach your child(ren) is that it is never too early to start pursuing their dream goals.

A 13-year-old girl named Essynce Moore (pictured) is living proof that this teaching is worth being taught. Moore is the winner of the 2016 Teenpreneur of the Year Award, which is awarded by Black Enterprise Magazine.  For almost 20 years, Black Enterprise has given this award to a number of youths age 13-19.

Many of these youths have blazed their own trail in the worlds of science, the arts, manufacturing, and fashion. Moore is a budding businesswoman/fashionista. She began her illustrious career path at the tender age of six. At that time, she would create a number of designs by constructing drawings in her sketchbook.

In 2013, she turned this passion into an official business called Essynce Couture L.L.C. This business exists as a natural body product and clothing line. Moore has showcased her fashion line at New York Fashion Week event for both fall and spring. She has also showcased her brand at the Atlanta Kids Fashion Week event.

Moore’s accomplishments have been chronicled in a number of newspapers and magazines. The motto for her company is: “A child’s passion for fashion.” In 2015, Moore’s brand was expanded by the birth of a boutique called Essynce Couture Spa & Boutique.

“I always loved going shopping but I was never satisfied with the clothes,” Moore told Black Enterprise.

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Why Kerry Washington is Quitting Social Media

Friday, May 20th, 2016

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By Victor Trammell

There’s a trend going around in Hollywood with celebrities dumping social media.

In the past few years, stars like singer/songwriter Rihanna and actress Megan Fox have taken temporary hiatuses from sites like Instagram and Twitter. The latest celebrity to quit social media is Scandal star Kerry Washington, 39. Washington used her Twitter and Instagram pages to make the announcement this week.

This week, the expecting mother posted a relaxing video of  waves washing up a heart drawn in the sand on a beach. Washington also posted the following message along with the video:

“It’s time for me to take a teeny break from social media. Feeling called to be a bit more quiet and still. Not sure how long it’ll last but don’t worry, I’ll be back soon enough.

This space has become such a community. I’m very grateful. Thank you ?
I’ll be thinking of youz and I’m sending love to you wherever you are… #MermaidGram” (Kerry Washington’s Instagram Page)

This move by Washington is definitely appropriate considering that she is expecting her second child with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, a retired NFL defensive back who formerly played with the Oakland Raiders.

Scandal will begin its sixth season in midseason 2017 instead of  fall 2016. Washington will be taking a break from acting on her hit TV show to focus on the arrival of her second child, which is due later this year.

Washington and her husband were most recently spotted together publicly at this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner late last month. They took pictures with the President and  First Lady and enjoyed a stunning evening in Washington D.C.

An anonymous source close to Washington  told Us Weekly Magazine that she is very tight-lipped about her private life.

“She never talks about her personal life,” the source told Us Weekly. “Occasionally she’ll let something slip like, ‘Oh, my husband really likes that show,’ into a conversation, but she really doesn’t talk about her family at all,” they continued.

 

 

Why Black Women Are The Most Disrespected & Unprotected

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

beyonce serenaBy Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses

In her visual album, “Lemonade” that debuted this past weekend Beyonce quoted Malcom X as saying,

“The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” To demand respect and reverence for black women is at once to work magic, and to call for a revolution of American values.”

That the Black woman is disrespected and unprotected is almost hard to argue but the bigger question is “why” – why is she in this position?

Anyone who knows anything about American history will know that the condition and experience of the black women (and men) is at least in part to the social engineering of white supremacists. Even so, can it be said that some part of the condition is self inflicted? I think so.

In a Facebook post, recently, noted Finance expert and scholar, Dr. Boyce Watkins said,

“It’s not popular to say this, but single parenthood (especially in a repeated fashion) is one of the easiest ways to stay in poverty. This is true for both males and females – either you’re struggling to take care of a child without any help, or you’re being hammered with massive child support payments that you can’t afford.

So, the best way to create a strong financial plan is to try your best to plan healthy, lasting relationships or co-parenting situations. This isn’t judging or ridiculing those who are struggling as single parents, it’s just a fundamental economic fact.

‪#‎FinancialLovemaking‬

In the video below, I discuss this issue further with Shaquita Graham, founder of lovingtheblackman.com