Leading from the Front Lines

The announcement of Senator Kamala Harris as the vice-presidential candidate marked another historical moment in our nation. The moment when everyone else realized what most black women have known all their lives; they have always been ready to lead. For years we have sat silent on the sidelines watching a very small number of bold and tenacious black women fight their way to the top only to be broken and defeated. Their drive to be successful and make it to the top levels of leadership is admirable, but in some…

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Brand Poaching:​ Black Creatives and the Burden of Authenticity

Brand Poaching!  What it is and why it gets on my one last good nerve. Seriously though, it is often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. That’s all well n’ good until someone totally rips your product or idea and fails to give you an ounce of credit. I have noticed this, particularly amongst black beauty brands and creatives. Here recently, Sephora, Moschino, and Beauty Guru Jeremey Scott collaborated to produce a line of cosmetic items that look eerily similar to “The Crayon Case” a brand owned…

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Fantastic Mother and Daughter Entrepreneur Duo: Kourtney Adeleye and daughter Lily Adeleye

Fantastic mother and daughter entrepreneur duo Kourtney Adeleye and daughter Lily Adeleye  are securing the bag together and we love to see it. Kourtney is the beauty BAW$E and founder of a huge beauty empire – The Mane Choice and creator of the epic and always over the top BAW$E conference.  Kourtney is an astute business woman that turned her 500 dollar investment into a beauty business worth millions. Recently, The Mane Choice was acquired by Canadian Beauty Company MAV Beauty Brands -“the acquisition agreement included upfront cash consideration of $29 million”.   Kourtney is an astute business…

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Getting Out Of Your Own Way and Embracing Success

Author – Sekinah Brodie Success is a subjective multi-layered concept which, to the average person holds an unattainable standard. Whatever your version of success is you will need to detach from certain habits and ideas to attain it. Removing toxic people, being ready for change, ignoring self doubt, refusing to make excuses, and realizing that you will outgrow people are crucial to embracing success. With this in mind, here’s some ways to get out of your own way and embrace your success. Removing toxic people One of the hardest things…

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Are You Committed Financially to Your Dream of Starting A Business?

Are you making your dream of starting a business a financial priority?  When you are strapped for cash, making  your dreams a priority can seem almost impossible. Or, maybe you’re not strapped for cash, but your discretionary income is tied up in non essentials purchases. For every thought you have about investing in your dream, a bill is there as a subtle reminder of life’s responsibilities.  Or maybe it’s that cute pair of shoes you have had your eyes on. It’s not impossible, in most cases you have to shift…

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