Posts in Black Entrepreneurship
The Fear of Not "Making It" on Social Media

Social media anxiety is real. It has this interesting way of making us feel like we need to strive for perfection. Things will trend, things will fall off, then something else will trend, and something else will fall off. It’s a vicious cycle. And this cycles affects me because I tend to get discouraged when it comes to posting for this very reason. Talk about applying pressure. Solution: Focusing on my purpose and how I can actually help people inspires me to stay motivated to post.

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100+ Halloween Costumes for Black Women

Greeting gods, 

Seldom do I find Halloween costumes with Black people as the models on the cover. As a Black woman, it’s really hard to find our favorite costumes and when we do we have to modify it to be Black. One year I was Jessica Rabbit but I had to be the ‘Black’ Jessica Rabbit. Very, very whack. White is not the standard so I’ve decided to come up with a list of 100+ Halloween costume ideas for Black women. Ranging from cartoon characters to old R&B groups to Queens, every Black woman (whether your hair is natural, relaxed, in box braids, or in bantu knots) will be able to find a costume that resonates with them from this list.

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The BG Exhibit: Inside Look with Kadeem Woodson

April 23rd, 2017 marked the one year anniversary of Lemonade. I attended a phenomenal art exhibition in honor of Beyoncé, The Beyoncé Giselle Exhibit. But it was much more than an exhibit. It was truly an experience. Just imagine going to a Beyoncé concert, with a ton of beautiful artwork - very Bey-Lemonade inspired, Popeyes chicken (now we know that’s Bey’s favoriteeee), a photobooth, Beyoncé inspired clothing from Brooklyn's very own, KITE NYC.

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My Top 20 Most Inspiring Women in Holistic Health

In celebration of Women's History Month I've decided to come up with a series of Inspiring Women doing their damn thing. This week's Womencouragement is all about Holistic Health. My Top 20 list is a list of holistic influencers that I personally follow that inspire me every single time I get on Instagram. Instagram has the tendency to infiltrate our minds with fantasies and dream lives having us feel a little insecure about our very own lives. These Instagram accounts do quite the opposite for me. They motivate me to be great, to be challenged, to love myself.. and my life. They encourage me to just be kind to myself and my journey. They get me excited for my own personal goals toward holistic health coaching, nutrition, exercising, traveling and just outright being holistically amazing...

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BLACK Friday: H(afrocentric)

It is extremely tough being Afrocentric in a Eurocentric world. On this Black Friday, I introduce a Black Comic Book series that goes by the name H(afrocentric).  H(afrocentric) is a Black comic strip series that forces the world to talk about both the comfortable and the uncomfortable. Introducing controversial topics, H(afrocentric) challenges people to think about race, class, gender and sexuality through comic stories. It shows the direct correlation between social injustices such as racial inequality, gender inequality and political injustice.

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BLACK Friday: Uniquely Wired M

Uniquely Wired M is a one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry made from organic materials that promote self-healing. With a variety of jewelry in earrings, eyewear, bracelets, rings, necklaces, belly chains, anklets and more all of her pieces are designed to help you heal. Uniquely Wired M brings high vibrations, consciousness, and mindfulness to the use of gemstones and copper healing. Let's get back to our roots. These jewelry pieces are an artistic way to promote your spiritual, inspirational, and healing essence.
There are pieces for both women and men, children and some for animals as well! 

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BLACK Friday: LIT Bklyn Candles

LIT Bklyn Candles are 100% Natural Soy Wax and scented with the finest fragrance oils. It is a Brooklyn-based Candle Company. A friend of mine, Denequa, is the founder of LIT Bklyn. I must say that I am just so proud of this woman. From the very first day that I met her in an Africana Studies class at the University at Albany she has been an incredible person to know. Her energy alone will have you feeling UNstoppable. She is inspiring, motivating, uplifting, and hilarious! Denequa is extremely beautiful on the inside AND out and it's so amazing to witness her creating her own business and motivating others all in the process. Denequa launched LIT Bklyn Candles December 2015 and it's been lit ever since. 

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Arielle's Going Away Halloween Party - African Royalty

I threw an AMAZING going away party. I had a ton of jello shots, some jungle juice, a DJ that turned the entire party UP (Mr.Ferron), and a photobooth!! Looking back at these pictures, my heart is filled with warm, loving, and giving energy. I tend to use the word grateful a lot but I truly am overwhelmed with gratitude. I'm so thankful that I was able to see my friends from kindergarten, junior high school, middle school, HIGH school (Acorn Community High School), college, and new friends along the way. Everyone I loved came out and I really, really appreciate it. I am going to miss everybody and the memories that we made will forever be in my mind, heart, and soul. I means that. 

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Black Owned Nail Salon Owners: Raven + Niya (Free Edge Beauty Studio)

Supporting in Black Owned Businesses is essential for Black communities. This allows our communities to be more economically efficient. We need our youth to grow up seeing more Black Owned Businesses thrive in their very own communities to show that this is ALL very POSSIBLE. We need to introduce entrepreneurship in our Black communities and what it means to create wealth, power, and knowledge within ourselves and also our communities, our neighborhoods, our schools, our libraries, our communities centers, our parks, etc. This is great people doing great things. 

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Black Owned Ice Cream Shop - Mikey Likes It

Support Black Businesses! It is critical. They are here to help Black communities throughout New York City. Today I got the pleasure to visit Mikey Likes It Ice Cream Shop. It is a Black Owned Ice Cream Shop in the Lower East Side. This shop has offered a variety of flavors that I have never seen before. This is great people doing great things. 

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Black Owned Nail Salons in New York City

We NEED to bring awareness to Black-owned businesses and we need to understand the importance of giving money back to our very own communities. Blacks spend less money in black-owned businesses than any other racial group spend in businesses owned by members of their groups.

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