On Saturday, July 20th, I had the opportunity to attend Boss Up Magazine’s Social Event – Cupcakes and Conversations! This event took place in Wilmington, Delaware and was nothing short of amazing!
This event was hosted by Boss Up Magazine and sponsored by Tanisha Chambers! Tanisha Chambers provides positive representation to young black girls, through the books that she writes. Not only did this event have some great conversations, it also had a pool party attached, which was hosted by Flyy Girl Adventures! Flyy Girl Adventures is all about empowerment, travel, fun, and making sure you’re having nothing short of an amazing flyy experience!!
The main topic of this event was learning to befriend the balance of business and pleasure. After a very inspirational conversation, the group shifted over to a Fly Girl meet-up at the pool. During this eye-opening event, I stayed at the edge of my seat through the entire conversation.
It was so incredible how every woman present opened up about what their weaknesses were with entrepreneurship, as well as shared their strong suits. These women felt the warm embrace of an entire community, just by being there. Many of these ladies shared incredible resources and gems that they have learned over experiences, an it truly was a glorious sight to see.
There are so many takeaways that I’ve put in my bag, after hearing boundless wisdom at the amazing Cupcakes and Conversations event. After talking about everything from starting your own business, to learning that everyone even just as a person is a business and has a brand in itself – I truly feel that my life will.
The upmost important take away for me personally was hearing a female entrepreneur powerhouse tell me that it is okay to cut the rope, with individuals who don’t see the vision. You need a team beside you that not only understands where you come from, but who also can see where you’re going mentally.
This event was one for the books, but there will also be more coming up. Don’t miss out! The next Cupcakes and Conversations will be held in New York, NY on November 9th.
Meet Taja Peak! The CEO and Creator of Indulge Beauty Bazaar. Representing Evanston,IL .
@lola_the_beauty_concierge offers Hair Services, Mink Lashes, Makeup Application, Clothing, & lastly they also are working towards hosting monthly beauty retreats.
Taja Peak has always had a passion For the beauty Industry, she is a hairstylist, takes great pride and joy in her craft. Hair styling to her is like art taking a blank canvas and creating these intricate styles using finesse and technique.
When envisioning her business she wanted to create a one stop shop for all your beauty needs! Providing the client with a Luxury VIP experience bringing beauty right to you with the company’s traveling concierge service.
She enjoys making people look good because when you look good, you feel good, and you can go on to do great things.
#CEOQUOTE “For those entrepreneurs ready to take a leap of faith and start your own business set realistic goals make a plan to achieve them and follow through. It is also important to remember; Rome was not built in a day stay determined, focused, & keep pressing forward.” – Taja Peak | CEO
Make sure you keep up with Taja Peak and Lola The Beauty Concierge.
Meet Rai Tremble! The CEO & Chief Editor of Glam Boss Magazine representing Fresno, California!
@glamboss_magazine is a Digital Platform that helps level up event bosses, personally and professionally globally.The platform was created due to Rai wanting to give the unsung a voice, as well as build a lifestyle that decreases mental illness and stress.
“Because Event planning has never had its own lifestyle magazine, we felt it necessary to include cutting edge conversations on fashion and beauty as well.” – Glam Boss Magazine.
#CEOQuote: “The best business advice I’ve ever received is to never do something for five minutes, that you will not be doing in five years. It is key to give every project, product, and service continuity.” – Rai Tremble | Glam Boss Magazine CEO
Make sure you keep up with Rai & Glam Boss Magazine, as she is running a podcast promotion special for luxury and premium product & service providers. If interested, please contact Rai for more details.
Rai is also an official speaker panelist for our Cupcakes & Conversations event in Delaware, so be sure to follow Rai and her magazine via:
Black Girlz Productions produces stage plays and Dodson Foot Hydration offers all natural body products! Shaneisha says that her life has been the inspiration behind her businesses, which are now changing many lives of others!
CEO Quote: “The best advice is to keep pushing because success does not happen overnight.” – Shaneisha Dodson|CEO.
Make sure you’re keeping up with Shaneisha and her businesses by following them via:
Meet Kristina Govan! The Owner of Seeds of Prosperity, LLC & Mommy-Owned, representing Detroit, MI!
Seeds of Prosperity has provided Tax Preparation Services to taxpayers across the US for 23 years, as well as provides Bookkeeping and Business Consulting/Coaching Services to small businesses in the Metro Detroit Area!
Also, as of 3 years ago – Seeds of Prosperity has added corporate travel planning services and will be launching Social Media and Digital Media Management services to small businesses beginning August 2019!!
Mommy-Owned programs provide work from home opportunities for moms who desire to provide financially for their families, without being taken away from their homes and children, with the need for moms to be available to their families and their needs, Mommy-Owned provides them that opportunity. Also, the offered programs provide training in areas such as travel, customer service, tax preparation, and social/digital media management.
After the trainings are complete, opportunities are then offered to allow them to put their new skills to work with its parent company, earn an income, and even start their own businesses in these areas!!! Not only that, but Mommy-Owned also provides business coaching services for the moms who already have business ideas and just need direction and coaching, on how to launch and develop their products and services!!
So what is the inspiration behind Kristina’s businesses? Kristina tells is that it is due to her becoming being able to provide for her children and leave a legacy.
“I began my entrepreneurship endeavors at one of the most vulnerable times in my life. I was homeless, living with my aunt, laid off work, and the single mother of 3 children. I had a computer and snuck to use my aunts phone line (back when the internet was dial up) to launch my tax preparation business. My first year I had 1 client (who is still my client today) and each year it grew and grew. As my family grew the need for my income to grow was evident. I went into the corporate America and was very successful. However this took me away from my children and I had to rely on family to raise them. I worked, worked, and worked some more. I was known to have a baby on Friday and be back at work on Monday because I had to provided for my family. I have 9 children now and they are the best things that have ever happened to me. I missed a lot of their childhood working and hustling. This was the motivation behind launching Mommy-Owned. Many moms are not exposed to or given information that will allow them to be the bread winners and mom at the same time. Mommy-Owned is dedicated to bridging that Gap.” – Kristina Govan | CEO.
CEO Quote: “The business advice that has kept me grounded is “In order to achieve your goals, desires, and create the life you desire in the future you must stay focused, work hard, and be consistent. Believe in yourself, your ability, and your future outcome. You future is the product of your current thoughts, your actions, consistency, and dedication.”
Meet @angelitathecoach !! The Business Coach & Strategist, representing Detroit, Michigan!
Angelita coaches individuals and groups on how to stare fear in the face & step out of the comfort zone! Her techniques can be used in the aspect of business, as well as one’s personal life.
So what made Angelita start her business? Angelita tells us that it was FEAR! For Angelita, fear became her inspiration due to it being something that was holding her back from building her business! “I wanted to be comfortable, but everything you want is outside your comfort zone. To go from fear to faith, you need to become fearless. Once you become fearless you then level up.”
CEO Quote: “Stay consistent. It may seem like your business is not taking off fast. Whatever you do, do not give up. Every great thing requires time. Just stay consistent and keep the focus on what you want, and watch the manifestation unfold. Trust me!” – Angelita | CEO.
Make sure you’re keeping up with Angelita via social media:
Facebook: Angelita the Coach
Current Specials: $25 – 30-minute Strategy Chat. “Are you unsure of the next step to take as it pertains to your business and networking strategies? Let’s chat to discuss ideas, action plans, goals and so much more! Virtual chat, Phone Chat, or In Person Chat.”
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Meet Regina Taylor! The Owner of @taylorhomemade_ representing Washington, DC & Baltimore, MD!
@taylorhomemade_ offers Spice Blends to help make your next meal undeniably delicious!!! So what made Regina start her business? Regina tells us that her daughter has been the driving force of inspiration for her business. With her daughter having asthma most of her life, Regina wasn’t comfortable with the medication and steroids she was given by doctors. So while researching she found that a lot of the foods, especially processed food we eat, includes a lot of salt and chemicals that’s not good for our body. This is turn made her decide to only eat and cook fresh, but create her own spice blends… and “Taylor Homemade” was created!! CEO Quote: “Separating personal from business has kept me grounded in my business. It is the best business advice I’ve received, and I owe the current success of my business to that advice.” – Regina Taylor | Taylor Homemade.
Make sure you keep up with Regina and
@taylorhomemade_ on social media! Visit her website at: http://www.taylorhomemade.net & find her on Facebook at: Taylor Easy Homemade.
Taylor Homemade is currently running a website promotion!! Receive $5 off any order over $20 by using the code: Insta5 at checkout.
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Meet Tyler C. Holmes! The Travel Vlogger representing Chicago, IL!
@tylercollins01 is an adventurous go-getter that gives her audience a thorough perspective of traveling to countries, from a black millennial woman’s perspective.
Not only that, but she creates travel diaries full of reviews on various restaurants, museums, the Bayram festival, and general vlogging.
So what sparked Tyler’s travel interests? Tyler tells us that it was from a childhood experience in high school. In fact, during her junior year of high school, she attended Roger C. Sullivan High School, where she was chosen from her honors program to join the exchange program. She had a German exchange student named Leonie that stayed with her and her family for a few weeks, and vice versa when she went to Hamburg, Germany. Tyler tells us that when she went to Germany, her mind was shocked in a positive way; from experiencing new cultures, languages, to loving new foods, and meeting amazing people that she still call friends after 8 years.
CEO Quote: “I love traveling. I made the decision at 16 years old that my 20s are meant for traveling and I am fulfilling my goal.” – Tyler Holmes | The Travel Vlogger.
Make sure you keep up with Tyler and her travel diaries via her YouTube Channel: filmsuga92.
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The “Premiere Planners Experience” offers event planning, business building, conferences, mentoring program, contract bundles, and more – which is perfect for anyone in the event industry.
CEO Quote: “I want to see people in the position to own their own business, and create financial stability for them and their family. I want to see others live life to the fullest with no apologies, and create long lasting success.” – Debra Taylor | CEO.
Debra has the following business advice for all emerging entrepreneurs: “Keep God first in all that you do. Trust in the gifts and skills that he placed in you. Never step on others while building to the top, and always remember that there is enough room at the top for us all.” Want to learn more about the “Premiere Planners Experience” ? Visit: www.premiereplannersexperience.com
Debra is also an official sponsor of our “Cupcakes and Conversations” Social Tour!! We are so very excited to have her showcase her expertise on our event décor, and proud to announce her as a sponsor!
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Boss Up Magazine Presents: The Bosses & Business Social Event
The “Bosses & Business Social Event” was a HUGE SUCCESS!! This event was jammed packed with a speaker panel, local and traveling vendors, entertainment, raffles, and a true BOSS VIBE!! Check out the footage below!
Our next event will be October 27, 2019 in WASHINGTON, DC!! We hope to see YOU there!
Fall is a time for reflection and change. From the colors of leaves shifting to drop in temperature, now is the time to look back on what has transpired through the course of the year and how you can improve yourself moving forward. But while we all are gearing up for the holidays and new year, there are some people such as writers, actors, producers, and directors preparing for the following season of their critically acclaimed series. My three favorite shows Insecure, Atlanta, and Power unfortunately go missing until the spring and summer. But while the NBA and NFL keep me entertained, I do find myself wondering what could be in store for their next installments. Will Issa find a career doing what she loves? Will Al get that big break he has been waiting for? And how much trouble will Tariq this time? While these are all valid questions, the key thing each of them is thinking, is what they can implement to keep us on the edge of our couches next go-around. In this article we will cover one primary action each show needs to do, to stay relevant for fans and get extended for another season. Spoilers are included in this so if you are binge watching now, it’s best you read this after getting caught up. Here we go!
Issa Rae has a done a phenomenal job showing maturation in her character on screen. While Molly still holds stern reservations about who she dates, and Tiffany starts to see the changes having a baby will make in her marriage and friendship with Kelly, Issa is rolling with the punches gradually. While moving out of Daniel’s home was a big step, the biggest set of changes will come from leaving her position at We Got Yall. A place where she felt over-worked and undervalued. Furthermore, the criticism from Daniel about how she isn’t passionate about what she does for a living will be the push needed, to seek her calling. With that being said, the key to season four of Insecure being a success is to keep Lawrence and Nathan at bay! Yes ladies, I know a lot of you all wanted to see her either get back with Lawrence or give Nate a shot though he ghosted her causing Issa to get into detective mode. But I do believe Issa needs more time to be alone before she chooses another partner. Lawrence will clearly have some influence since Condola who set up The Last Dragon screening will be dating him, and we all know Nathan will be doing everything he can to get back in Issa’s good graces. So hopefully by the time this all unfolds it will be episode 5 or so. But between her looking to set up a community event and taking what looks to be entrepreneurship classes, it will in my opinion be more compelling content seeing her evolve into a public figure.
Atlanta “Robbin Season” brought about changes for every character no fan could have seen coming. While the first installment was a little more comical, season two brought a darker theme to the show ensuring everyone felt the impact of their attitudes and decisions. With Al and Earnest’s relationship at the forefront, we start to get a better take on their family dynamic and just how close both cousins were before they chased the dream of being in the music industry. Van and Darius both have their personal episodes in this season but for the most part maintain the ideals they always had. Darius proved that even face of death brought on by Teddy Perkins, his mantra was still foolproof. Love can bring about great things, and that positive energy protects him even in the face of adversity. And while Vanessa still cares for Earnest and knows he is a great father, she is aware their situation isn’t the best couple wise and will continue to live her best life. Even if it means potentially taking a picture with card board cut out Drake! But seriously, she did consider it, maybe just a little. So how will Atlanta continue to thrive? Simply put, Paper Boy needs to blow up per Earnest’s assistance! No more booking free shows or staying in some crazy chick’s apartment. After you frame someone by placing your gun in another man’s bag at the airport of all places, you better be serious about perfecting your craft! And I think we all would love to see Al perform live or record with some popular producers. Donald Glover has a done a great job keeping us all in suspense about where their journey will lead them and how they will have each other’s back when everything is on the line. Now is the time to pull the trigger and make some big things happen!
Finally, the world of Power has taken unpredictable dramatic turns in the last two seasons. From the death of Raina to that period where Tasha and Angela worked together, the show has truly lived up to its name where everyone is jockeying for position to stay alive and out of trouble. Kanan is dead, which via his Instagram account has given Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson ample time in the director’s chair. And if he was that much of a savage on the show, imagine what he could be cooking up behind the scenes. Now let’s get the obvious thought out of the way. I do not believe that Angela is gone! Whether she is or not, the fact that Tommy was the culprit and Ghost knows, means that a full out war is going to happen. I mean everyone joked about how he screamed louder for Angela being shot than when he found out about Raina, right? But in all seriousness, I did like the raw emotion Omari Hardwick showed this season as Ghost, wrestling with the loss of his daughter. But I never would’ve expected for him, Tommy and Tasha to have a fallout this bad. Not to mention Tariq still wants to learn how to hustle. Despite their shaky last episode, Power is set up for an explosive comeback. The key to them having another successful season is keeping that same energy! Meaning, no more negotiating or working for the good of the drug connect or for personal reasons. Ghost should be infuriated at this point and my hope is he will reach for outside help to beat his enemies. At this point, it would be crazy for him to think he can trust Tommy, Tasha, Rashad Tate, or anyone in his inner circle. Plus, I hope they find a way to still use the club as a front for illegal activities considering that was the foundation of mysteriousness for the show and Ghost’s way out of the criminal life. The going along routine and turning on said person has gotten old. Now is the time for expressing the real and not turning back. James St. Patrick should want vengeance!
I have faith that my favorites will not disappoint and provide us with some new laughs and drama along the way. All three series have kept fans intrigued from their witty dialogue to compelling turns in storyline ushering in a new wave of black television. New stars are being developed which will propel them into more projects that we will be able to look forward to watching. So just relax people! Once the snow melts or degrees of your city raise, it’ll be time to clear your schedule again on Thursday and Sunday nights for some incredible programming. Stay tuned!
A Chicago Native, representing LA – Clarke Lau’ren is an Entertainer and Model! Clarke has been in the Entertainment industry for 5 years now, but says that she’s always been an entertainer in all ways – with taking photos and posing becoming a part of her expressing herself.”
“I had always heard that I should give modeling it a try and one of the first photographers that I worked with sold my pictures (I signed them away not knowing) to TMZ and Essence magazine. That woke me up! Lol”
Clarke tells us that she had so much fun being featured in the Migos “Bad & Bougie” & Jidenna “Classic Man” video, and can also be found in the following videos:
Wiz Khalifa ft Snoop “You & Your friends”
Haim ft ASAP Ferg “My song 5”
Sammie “I’m Him”
Clarke loves modeling and enjoys projects that truly allows her to show her personality and loves being able to try different looks and pull them off so gracefully. Not only is Clarke a model, she is very excited to get into acting and is finally dropping and showing the world her first love of music. With so much competition, Clarke’s initial challenges of her career was knowing her place, who she was, where she thought she fit in with so much competition.
“People think that it’s easy to look pretty and take pics. I’ll have a day where I question everything, but so do we all.”
As a Singer, Clarke is creating her sound and vibing with different writers and producers, with music inspiration being fearless, sexy, and loving oneself. When asked about collaborating with other artists, Clarke tells us that she has an interest in John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, 6lack, and Drake!
“I would like to work with John Mayer because I think our voices would sound amazing together. I would also like to work with Fleetwood Mac because that’s just on some whole other level.”
She says that she is really excited about where she is going, and that music is definitely a journey that she is glad she finally started. Make sure you mark your calendars, as she will be dropping her EP early 2019.
Ultimately, Clarke wants to be able to help inspire others and share her own personal story to anyone who relates that may need to hear it. She simply wants to leave a name behind for years to come for her future family.
If you are an aspiring model or singer, Clarke has the following advice,
“The company you keep is the biggest part in your growth. Stay true to yourself. Every GIG isn’t for you. Keep God first.”
If you’re interested in booking Clarke for any projects or event, simply email her at email@example.com
Make sure you keep up with Clarke via: Instagram: @clarkelauren_
Clarke has these final words for our readers:
Thank you so much for the feature!
I have so much cool stuff on the way for 2019 – I’m turning up!
Meet the super talented Singer, Actor, and Model – DēP (pronounced “Deep”). Though currently residing in Los Angeles, CA – DēP is a Houston, TX native who has made some MAJOR BOSS moves in the industry!
Although DēP came from a musical family, he pursued college for a degree in Education prior to music. However, his degree in Education was his backup plan – in case music didn’t work out.
“I have always wanted to sing. Yes, I grew up around music but ever since they put me on a table top at my Aunt Linda’s church and let me sing, I was hooked. Funny thing is my mom didn’t really want me to pursue a singing career. I’ve always had a fire for going after things I desire, especially when someone says I shouldn’t.”
So how did DēP make his grand entrance into the entertainment industry? DēP tells us that he got his first big break by winning a VIBE magazine talent competition for unsigned artists. While getting his first record contract with Versatile Records in Washington, DC – he realized that the industry was ready for him!
“Everyone thinks that there is this one magical moment that unlocks success in anything, and that’s just not the case.” My life quote is “Nothing Is Happenstance!” – which means everything happens for a reason.”
DēP tells us that there were many experiences that made him a true contender in the industry. For DēP, growing up under the Southeast Inspirational Choir, attending HSPVA in Houston TX, taking piano lessons at All About Music, national/regional competitions, and local performance all over the place played a key role in his success. If you didn’t know, DēP has made major boss moves with various television appearances such as:
2015 Grammy Awards 2015 Grammy Salutes: Stevie Wonder 2016 TV Land Awards 2016 Espys 2016 White House Christmas Will & Grace 2018 The Rookie 2018 AND MORE!
He has also made appearances in several music videos, commercials, and movies such as:
“Matrimony” (Wale ft. Usher)
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
“So In Love” (Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton)
Beats By Dre
The Preachers Son
In the beginning stages of his career, various people had misconceptions about his image, but that did not stop him from pushing through! DēP tells us that the biggest challenge for him was actually choosing the right team – as he knew he couldn’t be successful on his own.
“In the beginning, they didn’t know what to do with me. I looked young, sounded, wrote, and spoke like an adult, didn’t really wanna promote a sexual image but that’s what they wanted. I was smart enough to know that I couldn’t be successful on my own and there was always some manager, fake ass label, or whoever that was going to “take me to the top”. I guess I wasn’t church enough because my discernment was off. It took me years to build the right team but the journey was necessary.”
Overcoming his initial challenges wasn’t the only thing that aided in his success, as the following business advice also helped:
Count my own money
Be involved with every facet of my career
Learn the business just as much as i was learning my craft
Never follow a no with a period.
“I wish I would have known that “I was enough,” in the beginning of my career. Growing up in the south, a Black man is flawed. We spend so much time trying to fit in a box or adapt to a definition that doesn’t work for a leader, entrepreneur, BOSS. When I accepted my power I was able to walk into any room and get just what I needed out of it be it a deal, a standing ovation or anything.”
DēP has shared the stage and opened up for some of the best of the best in music – from Beyonce to Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Alicia Keys Jussie Smollett, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Boys II Men, and more. Touring is something that DēP enjoys, as it allows him to meet people and get paid to work in his passion. He recently was able to tour as a solo artist, but stated that it was also cool being able to bring in artists that he has formerly worked a couple of shows with. Make sure you keep up with DēP, as he will be touring again in the Spring and Summer of 2019!
“It’s going to be epic because I will be collaborating with some talented Artist You SHOULD Know from across the country. I am amped because the raw talent with this group is dumb.”
DēP has had an opportunity to perform live with quite a few artists, but says that his favorites were Beyonce and Kanye West!
“They are crazy passionate and it challenged me to work harder. I remember thinking, “Damn DeP, yea you grind but they grind grind”. It was crazy because they had reached levels where they could let up and not work so hard, yet they were easily outworking everyone on the team. I learned the equation to success by working with them.”
When asked about his dream artist, he states that he would love to work with Missy Elliott, as she has the ability to bring out the best in people! He calls Missy Elliott a BEAST with true raw creativity!
Make sure you are keeping up with DēP’s music journey, as he has an upcoming LP called “Edible and Elevation.” – and describes it as his most authentic body of work ever.
“It’s gonna shock everybody, in a good way. I have some dope producers and a few guest artist on there. This is a true artistic joint. It’s a whole mood.”
His talents also go beyond the stage, as you can catch him performing on the big screen in theaters in 2019! DēP will be starring in the film “This Side Up” – a true story film, about a slave named Henry Box Brown – who mailed himself to freedom; the only one to do so successfully.
“Filming THIS SIDE UP was amazing because it was completely opposite of what DeP stands for, looks like, acts like and so I had to really flex my acting muscles that had been pushed to the background for years.”
DēP ‘s talents doesn’t stop at music and acting, as he is also an Author! DēP’s first book “Fallback to Step up: Things to fallback from in order to step up your life” will be available mid-2019 and will be holding a book signing soon. He also has a single called “Fallback” to accompany his book!
“I realized that many times we aren’t able to fly because we have too many bags. too many things holding us back from ascension be it people, outlooks, finances, mindsets, or more. As an entrepreneur, I read a lot of self-help and success books like many of my peers. They simply tell us to believe in self yada yada yada and not any real answers. Sorta like a high priced counselor that gets paid to help us arrive at a revelation without persuasion. Forget that. Give me some answers and some things I can apply. That doesn’t typically happen. All of these books and No answers. I fixed that!”
DeP has also started his full-scale artist branding and development company called “Think Dep Entertainment (TDE).” The company has currently released music with clients Latin pop artist – Bianca Acosta and Hip Hop artist – Jai G. He is also vocal coaching the newest client currently making waves TeaMarr.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, DēP has the following advice,
“Know what you want out of the entertainment industry, before going in and don’t lose focus or stop until you get it. Treat it as a business but protect your heart – aka the passion.”
You can listen and purchase DēP ‘s music by going to www.ThinkDeP.com OR by searching him on your streaming service under “Think DeP” or “DeP.”
Make sure you keep you follow DēP on social media, to keep up with his career and music:
Meet Tomekia Y. Luckett, PhD, RN! The Certified Life Coach, Assistant Professor of Nursing, & Owner – CEO of Dr. Tomekia Yvette Enterprises LLC, representing Summit, MS! With serving God while living a purpose filled life as her motivation, Tomekia is making some major boss moves!
Though being an Author was not her passion, she says that there was a need to share her story.
“For years, I had people tell me that I should share my story of how I overcame poverty, rejection and becoming a single mother of triplets at the age of 20. God really prompted me this year to go ahead and share my stories.”
To date, Tomekia has written the following three books, which were written in 30 days and were written to help anyone looking for inspiration and motivation:
Finding purpose in the pain: A journey of pain, healing and purpose
“Finding purpose in the pain, is a triumphant journey of how I overcame challenges to include: poverty, rejection and becoming a single mother of triplets at the age of 20. I was able to pursue education, and eventually earned a PhD in nursing leadership. I looked for love in all the wrong places and finally found the love I was looking for in God.”
Welcome to Nursing: A prayer and devotional for new nurses
A nurse’s touch : A prayer and devotional for nurses
“The two nursing devotionals are designed for nurses, to assist in managing the challenges of a nursing career while receiving positive affirmations and prayers.”
For Tomekia, her greatest challenge for publishing her books were overcoming herself! She knew it was something God wanted her to do, but she was scared and embarrassed by parts of her story.
“When I first saw my own work in print, I was excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time. I believe my books will inspire others to go for their goals, and believe that with God all things are possible”
Being an Author isn’t Tomekia’s only talent, as she is also a Public Speaker. Her public speaking career begin in her church and then turned into a career. Tomekia has spoken at over 100+ events, with topics being on Godly principles, women’s and men’s health, cardiovascular disease, love and relationships, and domestic violence.
So how did Tomekia get her first big break at Public Speaking? Tomekia tells us that she was invited to speak at a church and share her journey of becoming a nurse, when her triplets were small.
“Though I am quite shy, I knew God wanted me to speak and share my story including the pain I have endured.”
Tomekia also has an organization called “Dr. Tomekia Yvette Enterprises LLC,” which is a coaching and empowerment brand designed for persons needing direction with goals in life, love and career. Its purpose is to inspire and empower others to discover their God-given purpose and achieve their dreams! Dr. Tomekia’s personal mission is to help others awaken their inner dreamer, and maximize their God-given potential. She believes each of us has a unique purpose with greatness inside of us.
“My ultimate goal is to continue building her brand while inspiring and empowering others to go for their goals. She believes she am getting there, but there is always room for improvement.”
If you are an Entrepreneur on the rise, Tomekia has the following advice,
“Don’t let fear stop you from going for your goals. You can do whatever you believe you can do! I wish I would have known to make each moment count. Savor each moment, and take time to relish in success.”
Make sure you follow Tomekia via social media:
Facebook: Dr. Tomekia the purpose doctor, inspiration empowerment and wisdom
Meet Leslie Crawford – An amazing full-time Entrepreneur from Baltimore, MD! Leslie is not only a super dope Entrepreneur, but she wears many hats of entrepreneurship such as an Author, Speaker, and the Creator of the campaign – “I Choose Me.”
Leslie is an Urban Fiction Author, whose books are geared towards women. Although she never had the desire to write a book, Leslie considers herself a big reader that loves reading Urban Fiction books. One day she asked herself if she could write a book, and while on vacation she began writing. Though it took about two years to finish her book, Leslie says that’s how she came about writing her very first book – which made her fall in love with writing.
“I wanted to be a different Urban Fiction Author. I didn’t want to talk about the killing, drugs dealing etc. I wanted to talk about the issues we as women go through in life. I wanted to entertain but teach a lesson. At the end the reader can say – I know that woman or that woman is me. Not to be ashamed about it but to get help. My goal is to open their eyes to what they’re suffering from. When a woman reads my book, my goal is for her to take a look in the mirror and ask herself if she is that woman in the book. From my readers – I have been told even if the woman in the book was not her, she can still relate because they know someone like her. I had a reader email me and say my book “But He Loves Me” helped her walk away from a verbal and mental abusive marriage. That meant everything to me.”
To date, Leslie has written the following books:
1. Forbidden Fruit
2. Forbidden Fruit 2: The Aftertaste.
A book series about a teenager that grew up in a wealthy household but always had the desire to live the life of what she saw on reality TV. Her parents only desire was to shower their daughter with gifts, vacations, etc. they soon learned money can’t raise your kids.
3. Coach Mom (co-authored with her son)
A children’s book about a kid that was angry because his mom coached his soccer team one year. He attempted to sabotage the team because he wanted his mom to quit, he didn’t believe women should coach a sport like soccer. He soon learned about team work, friendship, and respect.
4. But He Loves Me.
A story about a successful woman that had everything, money, good career, good friends and family but she was lacking one thing; self-esteem. Not knowing or believing she would ever lack self-esteem because she covered it up with materialistic things, she meets a man that changes her life. From physical, mental, emotional, financial, verbal, and sexual abuse; he revealed to her that even women with it all lack something they tend to hide because they’re ashamed.
“When my book was first printed, I received the copy in the mail and I cried. I was excited because writing was not my career choice. I went to school for Business and didn’t start writing until I turned 27.”
For her first book, Leslie encountered the problem of getting published, as she was turned down from various publishing companies. Although she didn’t know too much about self-publishing. Leslie says that she decided to turn to self-publishing, due to someone mentioning it to her. Outside of her publishing challenges, she also encountered writers block – which is why she states she needs to be in the right mental space to write books. Leslie tells us that each book took its own time for completion and publishing. Publishing for “But He Loves Me” took six months, while the others took over a year. For Leslie, it really depends on what she else she has going on. Currently, Leslie is working on a book that she has been working on for nine months – which she has hasn’t been able to finish due to the state of mental space needed to do so.
“I have to be in a certain mood in order to finish it. I never rush the process because I want it to be great when it’s done.”
To make sure that others aren’t struggling with issues of publishing, Leslie has her own company called “Exposed Books Publishing and “When Children Write,” which focuses on coaching children how to write and publish their own books! (NICCEE!)
“When Children Write” will also be creating a virtual book club and more in 2019 to encourage more children to read and write. To learn more please visit http://www.whenchildrenwrite.com.
Exposed Books Publishing is her coaching and consulting company where she help women go through the process of publishing their own book and create a lucrative income. Since she was looked down on for leaving her 9-5 as a single mom to be self-employed, Leslie started helping other moms live out their dream of building a career with writing.
Not only is Leslie a phenomenal Author – she is a Public Speaker and Creator of the campaign – “I Choose Me.” – which is about empowering and helping women realize their worth. Although it wasn’t her passion, public speaking for Leslie was natural for her, as she knew she had something to say and wanted to share it – with young women especially. Leslie received her first big break as a Public Speaker with the encouragement of her Business Coach. Her Business Coach encouraged her to start going live on social media and make declarations to God. Leslie says that she started her declarations and going live, and from one live posting on her Facebook – a student at John Hopkins University asked her to come and speak at their Feminist group.
“I knew at that engagement my target audience was women ranging from 18-25. From hearing those women talk about their struggles at that event, I knew more women needed to hear from me.”
From that experience, she launched her “I Choose Me” college tour. Leslie speaks about women having self-love before trying to love someone else, and speaks to women ages 18-25, as she feels she is able to gain their attention at an early age. Since February of 2018, Leslie has spoken at three events so far, and has launched her college tour. She has opened her calendar for the remaining of 2018 and 2019, and is currently seeking more events to speak at for women. All though she has started her college tour, Leslie is seeking speaking engagements from organizations that cater to women empowerment.
“I Choose Me” is my motivational speaking topic, where I speak to young adult women about choosing themselves first before entering into a relationship. Knowing when to walk away from a toxic relationship and creating self-love before you seek love from others. I always felt like I wasn’t pretty as other women. I thought I always needed to be in a relationship to feel good about myself. For five years, I was with someone and during that time my insecurities came to life. My self-esteem was even lower, I dealt with depression, and stayed in a relationship just because I was afraid to be alone. After that relationship was over I continued to deal with the same issues. It wasn’t until 2017 that I begin to take a deeper look at my life. I stepped away from dating and started to see the root of my problem. It was me. I started seeking God more. It started with a selfie and when I posted it, I used the hashtag “I Choose Me.” From that point on I created this campaign to let women know, they don’t have to remain in a relationship just because. Choose yourself first and love you before you expect someone else to love you.”
So what is the inspiration behind her campaign? As a teenager, she dealt with self-esteem issues, and as an adult she continues to deal with those same issues. Leslie tells us that she has been very transparent on social media when speaking about issues she went through – as women relate more when you’re open and honest.
“My campaign was made to support women, as most of the time people aren’t transparent about real issues. They talk about self-esteem but they either never experienced it or they don’t tell their story. I couldn’t be afraid to tell my audience what happened to me. I was verbally, mentally, emotionally, and financially abused. These are the types of abuse no one really talks about. – I am open and honest.”
Leslie tells women to trust their instincts when they see the warning signs of a toxic relationship, and to know who you are before getting into a relationship.
“Don’t expect a man to love you if you don’t love yourself. My overall topic surrounds self-love and self-care. These topics were selected because I’ve been there. I have dealt with all of these items. There are some days when I still want to be in a relationship but I know opening my life to just anyone will not be beneficial to me.”
Ultimately, Leslie wants at least one woman to tell her that she helped her love herself more or that she helped her get out of that toxic relationship.
Interested in supporting Leslie’s campaign? Share and visit her new blog http://www.imchoosingme.com. You can do so by sharing her campaign to bring more awareness to this issue.
“A few years ago I said I wanted to start speaking, but I never had anything to talk about. I waited on God. I wish I would have known that I needed to put God in every part of my business. Once I started involving God in every part, things became better. After going through my previous relationship and discovering myself, I believe that’s when God released me to speak. God knew before I didn’t have anything to say. Despite going through five years of hurt, I knew I had to share my experience to help the next woman. I should have surrendered my business over to him a long time ago.”
If you’re interested in being an Author or Public Speaker, Leslie has the following advice,
“As an author, stick with what you know. Don’t try to write about something that you have no knowledge on. Be true to who you are. When it comes to public speaking you have to constantly practice. Don’t try to speak because you see everyone else doing it. You have to genuinely care about your topic. Your audience will be able to tell if you’re speaking just because or if you’re speaking because it’s your passion.”
If you’re interested in purchasing Leslie’s books, you can purchase them via Amazon, with autographed copies available via http://www.exposedbooks.com. Be sure to keep up with Leslie’s work, as she will be releasing her next book “What They Didn’t Know” in 2019!
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“I believe everyone should live out their dream. Go after what you want, but make sure you’re passionate about it. Place God in every part of your life and/or business. As a woman – know who you are and your worth before expecting someone else to.”
The beauty world is lighting up! Cannabis is infusing the industry, and is taking self-care routines to a higher level. That’s because the star ingredient, known for its apparent stress-reducing and pain-relieving (among many others) benefits in the wellness space. From anti-inflammatory to pain relief CBD has proven to be a clutch product in a multiple of beauty based dilemmas and routines. Here are a few well known and not so well known CBD beauty hacks and uses you may not be aware of!
1. Foot freedom
As a pain reliever CBD works by affecting receptors in your brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond accordingly. This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that can help with pain management. Applied topically or ingested CBD can relieve pain so the relief rubs or medicated lotions available are great to use when your night requires a dedication to heels that your feet may not have agree too. The natural pain relief coupled with the plants ability to reduce swelling definitely decreases the ouch factor. A little lotion over the foot before or during foot pain critics say are full proof against withstanding a night on the town. Fashion designers and stylist have been seen toting CBD infused creams in their ready bags for celebrity clients who walk runways and red carpets for hours with no relief to aid in comfort. So hey if it’s good enough for Olivia Wilde we think it’s works giving a world.
2. Dodge Dark circles
Those long nights and early mornings can leave more than just an achy back and foggy brain. Under eye circles and puffiness are the pain in the behinds of most women and men for that matter. It’s hard to find products to do the trick and harder to find all natural versions of it. Most eye serums contain chemicals likeCoenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to help reduce and eliminate puffiness. CBD however being a natural anti-inflammatory has skin soothing properties that rival some of the better eye creams on the market. A mix of essential oils natural herbs and CBD oil could be a true Hail Mary when it comes to managing your morning maintenance or makeup routine
3. Acne avoidance
Rich in fatty acids and natural emollients that can help hydrate and smooth the skin CBD has incredible medicinal and corrective benefits when it comes to topical, skin-care uses. Including the the dreaded pimple predicaments, we all have those days when we wake up and realize that our skin has betrayed us. Acne can be a complete showstopper and real challenge if you have tricky skin combination that calm for multiple products. Recent studies found that CBD helps suppress breakouts by regulating oil production by sebaceous glands. This could be good news if you want to avoid harsher chemical based products like, Accutane or spironolactone. CBD infused acne creams washes and moisturizers are available to help regulate skin irritations. The ability to manage inflammation and oil production, allows CBD to treat two parts of acne lesion development which until now has been done mainly with chemical based solutions like retinoids. CBD in addition to moisturizing and soothing the skin has anti-aging properties. CBD oil can help eliminate fine lines and wrinkles while stopping signs of aging before they start.
4. Mood moderator
Being beautiful means not just looking good but feeling good too! No one thinks the evil step mother was as pretty as the happy go lucky princess right? So it’s important to highlight CBDs proven and most popular delivery method is the bath salts or bath bombs available. Cannabinoid oil infused bath products can induce antidepressant-like effects, CBD affect neuro receptors increasing serotonin levels thereby reducing anxiety. Much like a soothing Epsom salt bath but elevated, your muscles and body relax and become engulfed in the waves of serotonin.
CBD can be an awesome addition to your actual makeup. Beauty brands are taking notice of the craze and have found inventive ways to capitalize on their multiple benefits and reinforce their brand image. For example a few vegan based lines have opted to develop CBD mascara. The oil-based CBD (as opposed to the industry standard, beeswax) to adhere the mascara’s fiber to lashes that goes on smoother and creamier than most formulas.
6. Hair hold
CBD Oil benefits hair, including hair loss, dry scalp, and the best CBD-infused hair products. So take a puff, puff, pass through the hair aisle to decide if your do needs a dab of CBD Oil. The science seems vague, but there’s some evidence that CBD stimulates hair growth when applied to the scalp because of the omega fatty acids.High in vitamin E and fatty acids, CBD Oil nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair, thus boosting hair growth. Inside CBD Oil are omega-3, omega-6 and the omega-9 acids, which help improve the quality of the scalp tissue. Stronger scalp tissue means hair follicles expanding faster which in turn means longer hair!
If you’re reading this, my hope is that you have given up the creamy crack or you are thinking about taking the plunge into the natural sisterhood. Congrats! It’s now time for a very real conversation. Contrary to popular belief, being natural is HARD. Your ease of styling depends solely on your hair and your ability to learn it. Going natural requires patience and dedication but if done right, it is extremely rewarding.
The Big Chop or Transition?
Now that you’ve made the decision to go natural there is another important choice you must make. This is deciding if you should big chop verses simply transitioning. When transitioning, you slowly chop the relaxed ends of your hair until they are gone. This can take a few months to a few years depending on how long it takes you to continuously cut your hair. Should you decide to big chop, you will be cutting out all your relaxed hair at once. There is no correct way to go natural. It all depends on your personal preference.
What Products Should I Use?
Regardless of what we may think, all hair is different. Although hair may be similar, various products effect it differently. It’s easy to get lost in the world of products however signing up for subscription boxes or even gathering product samples may aid in not breaking the bank on natural products. It can be easy to get discouraged when a product doesn’t work. However, that is no reason to end your natural journey. It takes much time and patience to find products which work with your hair.
Many brands like Mane Choice, Curls, As I Am and EDEN pride themselves on making products that aid in creating healthy hair, locking in moisture and retaining length.
One major thing to avoid when going natural is excessive heat. Products like blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can cause immense damage to your hair and unneeded breakage. Other products which may cause damage include harsh chemicals, extremely tight styles and harsh treatment. Using items like heat protectants can aid in mitigating some of this damage. A healthy diet, proper water intake and vitamins will also aid you in avoiding breakage and retaining length.
Protective styling is the cornerstone of natural hair. Finding a few tried and true styles which work for you and are easy to complete is essential in your hair journey. They not only help your hair grow longer they also put minimal strain on your hair. As the name states, they allow you to protect your hair while keeping your hair moisturized.
Protective styles include the following:
It’s important to remember that while you are going natural you may need to alter your hair routine several times to find something that works. Remember to be gentle with your hair, be patient and read product labels to understand what you are putting on your hair.
Many people will have mixed emotions about your natural hair journey and you should never shame your hair based on the opinions of others. Being natural will require that you do some research to learn about techniques, products and more. Your natural journey may be tough at times but it will ultimately be rewarding.
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Do you love and wear make-up? Love those make-up tutorials on Instagram? Well if you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, we have a super dope MUA who is killing the game and is definitely worth an Instagram follow! Meet Deborah Bland – a phenomenal Cosmetologist specializing in Makeup Artistry!
Representing Detroit, Michigan, Deborah is a MUA who is very creative and talented with make-up! Deborah received her Cosmetology license from Douglas J. Aveda Institute and specializes in colorful/glitter dramatic makeup looks. Though make-up has not always been her passion, she is now obsessed with it!
“Makeup has not always been my passion. I started doing nails at age 13 and got more into hair throughout high school, with makeup coming later during my senior year. I have been obsessed with makeup for about a year and a half now, but just started on other people in the last 6 months.”
Deborah tells us that she wanted to get her Cosmetology license in case she ever wanted to pursue a career in a different field of beauty, but actually got into make-up to show people the purpose of make-up.
“What made me most interested in being a makeup artist was showing people that makeup is not made for “covering imperfections” or “hiding your insecurities”. Makeup can not only enhance features of your face, but it can help people build inner and outer confidence. It makes you feel beautiful, which drove my passion to learn more.”
In the beginning stages of her career, there were a few challenges and things she learned. In fact, Deborah tells us that she has learned that you need to be consistent in the industry, to attract great opportunities. Ultimately, she didn’t let any of her challenges get in her way or stop her grind!
“Makeup is different from hair and nails. Clients don’t typically come every few weeks, as they usually need their makeup done for a specific occasion or event. This made it difficult to keep clients no matter how good your work is. As most Hair and Nail Techs know, people tend to cancel appointments at the last minute, which can be disappointing. But, if you stay diligent, positive, and patient – there will always be doors opening for opportunities.”
Although Deborah specializes in dramatic looks, she does provide services for special occasions like wedding parties, graduations, prom, and homecoming!
“Most of my clients come from Instagram and request dramatic looks. I absolutely love doing dramatic looks the most, mainly because most people feel that they can’t pull certain colors and looks off. I like to prove to them that it isn’t a question of “Can I pull that off?”, but it is a skill of recognizing skintone, eyeshape, and face shape that can make a world of difference in a look.”
“I feel that the most difficult thing about being a Makeup Artist is CONFIDENCE. You need your client to trust you enough that there is no need to worry about the outcome of the look. They need to know just how great you are at your work, which all correlates to the way you carry yourself as the artist. Makeup clients tend to be sketchy about the turn out of their face, if you are hesitant or insecure about your work. I like to show them who’s boss by my skills, techniques, and CONFIDENCE.”
Interested in learning how to do make-up? Well don’t fret because Deborah has multiple tutorials up on her Instagram page, for people aspiring to be a Makeup Artist! In fact, she gets a lot of good feedback on them and many requests for more. (NICE!!) If you’re an avid YouTube user, you will soon be able to find Deborah’s work there, as she plans to eventually have a YouTube channel, as well as have online classes available for people around the globe! (BOOM!)
“If I had the opportunity to style my celebrity idol, I would go for a dramatic colorful look! Something with color and glitter to catch some attention, but not crazy enough to scare anyone off! I would go for this look because it is not a common thing to see on celebrities, as they usually stick to “natural” “glowy” looks. I like to get people out of their comfort zone!”
Deborah states that her ultimate goal as a MUA is to have paid trips to do specific people’s makeup, as well as be well-known for her work; which she hopes will continue to inspire others to be a MUA as well. Deborah says that she is very proud of her success, her makeup videos going viral, brands asking her to promote their products, and of course gaining her Cosmetology license.
Interested in working with Deborah? You can contact her via direct message on Instagram using the handle @beatsbydeb to book her for her services, events, or projects!
If you’re interested in being a MUA, Deborah has the following advice,
“A common misconception people have about being a Makeup Artist is how original everyone is. The beauty industry as a whole, are full of artist of generations before our time. Every artist has learned their skill, if not from school, then offline, or through books, or hands on. Not saying some people aren’t just naturally talented, but most of the time, Makeup is inspired by something or someone. I suggest staying positive, confident, and consistent in your passion for makeup! Learn from others as much as you can, and give people the energy and experience you want them to give you for your services.”
Make sure you keep up with Deborah as she has several photoshoots coming up; with her being the main makeup artist for interesting makeup looks! You can find and follow Deborah via social media using the handle @beatsbydeb.
Did you know that BET isn’t the only network catering to Black entertainment?! Are you looking for entertainment that is relatable and enjoyable? Well, we’re here to give you the scoop on Aurore TV!
Meet Latasha! Representing Queens, NYC, Latasha is the Founder of Aurore TV, and the Writer/ Producer of the Amazon Prime comedy series “Sit Black & Relax.” Latasha tells us that working in the entertainment industry has always been her passion. Latasha has created two seasons of the comedy web series Sit Black & Relax & the Aurore TV flagship show, #WeShallOverChug – a comedy talk show that focuses on Black Culture, balanced by cocktails and ratchet nonsense, hosted by Latasha and Jameer Pond. (BOOM!!)
“I thought as a child I was going to be a singer (signed to Sisqo… don’t laugh too hard), as a college student dancer, and as a grad a model… and when I realized I wasn’t that great at any of that stuff I turned to my natural gift of humor and communication.”
Aurore TV launched in March 2018, and is actually Latasha’s latest venture after her take at YouTube vlogs and first season of her web series! She realized that she wanted to not only help herself as a creator, but other Black creators as well. Latasha tells us that she thinks everyone can come up together!
“Aurore TV focuses on narratives with a lighthearted feel. I think media shows us enough Black trauma to last a lifetime. We want you to exhale when you watch our shows. Life is fun. We air things that have great quality, mostly completed seasons if it’s a series, and things that we actually enjoy. We’ve watched every single thing that we’ve aired on the platform. I enjoy looking at something tangible that came from my mind and spirit. Looking at the faces of my team members, and the content we’ve established, it all becomes surreal, and I feel like I’m working with purpose.”
So how did Latasha get her own TV network? Latasha tells us that she asked around to see who would be interested in being on her team, as she knew she couldn’t do it alone – it was the biggest venture she ever tackled! (BOSS STATUS!) She hit up people that she knew, to see if they’d allow her to display their series & films on her platform, and then she reached out to creators that she didn’t know. Latasha states that she designed the site herself and kept up with film groups, to expose the platform! (YASSS!)
” The inspiration behind Aurore TV is the gap I noticed in between “coming up” and “making it”. What happens to all the dope creators in between? How can the Black audience find good series and films by their peers that can narrate their stories on their level? I wanted Aurore TV to be that support system and platform. Our ultimate goal is to put financial power into the hands of Black creators. Not only should we own our stuff, but we should monetize it as well! We need to stop asking for permission.”
Though Latasha faced the challenge of keeping up with content in the beginning of her business, it did not stop her grind!
“Weeks go by fast, and the next thing I realize, it’s time to put up something new! I want to make sure we support each creator as much as possible so we’re worth them sharing their work with us.”
“I’m extremely proud of everything I’ve done. I’ve been in the industry since 2010 and looking back, I’ve gotten myself to places people daydream about. Even when I’m not trying, I have really cool moments in my life that my creativity has allowed me to experience. It’s all good.”
Make sure you are keeping up with Aurore TV, as there are plans to do an end-of-the-year shindig, but details are pending. The network is simply looking to have a good time with the people who have supported them.
If you’re interested in working in the entertainment industry or having your own TV network, Latasha has the following advice:
“Keep your intentions pure, and treat everyone like gold. Don’t use people, know people. Also, contracts are very important, and uncomfortable to bring up with personal friends – but it’s something that must be done. It protects all parties involved.”
If you were growing up in the 80s and enjoyed watching the various TV shows as a pastime, you probably were pretty familiar with most of the hit TV shows back then. There were many shows that focused on family dynamics, but there’s one show that we’re sure you will never forget – FAMILY MATTERS!
Born in St. Louis, but raised in Los Angeles Jaimee Foxworth is an Actress, Singer, and Author known for her roles on “Amen” & “Family Matters.” Though she began her acting career at the age of 6, Jaimee initially got into acting by way of her older sister wanting to become an actress. Jaimee tells us that initially, she went on auditions because it was something her mother took her and her 2 sisters out to. After she realized that turning into a character helped her break out of her shyness for a short time, Jaimee says that she grew to love it!
“I enjoy the fact that acting challenges me. The most difficult thing about acting to me is the anxiety that auditioning can cause. I’m pretty shy around strangers, so playing a character gives me a chance to be more outspoken than usual. I also work best on the spot & that’s what acting really is – on the spot. When the director says, “action!”, you have to bring it. If you don’t have tough skin, have a passion for it or can handle rejection, then it’s not the career for you.”
Though she faced a few difficulties that were within herself, it did not stop her grind!
“Wondering if I was doing a good job or if I was a good actress. As well as feeling that I had to always be “on” & impress the adults in front me (producers, writers). I don’t really face those same challenges because I don’t have those same insecurities anymore. I bring my best to the table so you can take it or leave it. No worries on my end.”
Her experience playing on Family Matters was described as a great one, as everyone was very supportive of her. Jaimee states that they tried their best to make it feel like a real family as much as they could.
“I still have love for pretty much everyone from the cast. I keep in contact with about half of the cast. The ones I do have contact with, we check up on each other from time to time.”
Not only is Jaimee an Actress, she is also a Singer with the sound of an alto!! Jaimee tells us that she and her sisters used to always sing together around the house, but at the age of 16 they officially became a group called S.H.E. The group was signed to Shaq’s label (T.W.Is.M/Interscope) & they recorded an album called “3’s A Charm”. (BOSS STATUS!)
“I’m not as open with singing as much as my sisters are though. Besides my family & the album that we recorded, no one has ever heard me sing lol. If I do record any music in the future, it would definitely be if my sisters reunited or for a movie where I’m playing a singer or rapper.”
And if acting and singing isn’t enough, Jaimee is also an Author with a book in the works! Jaimee tells us that her book will be all about her ups and downs in the industry, how it affected her, made her look at the world, and how she bounced back after adversity & became a mom!! (YASSS!!)
“I think people have the misconception that all actors are rich & that most of us are stuck up. There are some really good, humble people in the industry.”
So what keeps Jaimee motivated and focused, in continuing her acting career? Her son and unfinished business! Jaimee tells us she feels that she isn’t quite finished acting, and that her son really wants her to pursue acting again!! (AWW!) We’re also told that she is interested in working with Whoopi Goldberg!
“I would love to work with Whoopi Goldberg. She’s always been so real & down to earth to me. Getting to work with her & possibly soak up some knowledge and tips would be a blessing.”
Jaimee’s talents doesn’t stop at all that’s mentioned, as she also enjoys exploring beauty and all things related to it. As a matter of fact, she plans to become a make-up artist!
“I’m not licensed, but I’m planning on getting one. I’m also a bit of a nail tech as well lol. I love the beauty industry & exploring the aspects of it.”
Currently, Jaimee doesn’t have any ongoing projects – as she is easing herself back into the entertainment world,
“I’m excited & dipping my toe into everything! Really just relearning parts of the industry & seeing how things have changed. I’m having fun with it all so this time around, I can take in the blessings & opportunities without feeling overwhelmed.”
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in acting, Jaimee has the following advice:
“This is a business, so don’t take things or friendships in the industry too personal. Rejection is real. If you’re not able to handle rejection then take a different path. Don’t be afraid to ask questions & stay humble.”
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