Boss Women Making Boss Moves Part II

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Luvvie, also known as “Awesomely Luvvie” has to be the best kept secret to ever live. If you haven’t heard of her, it is time to find out who she is. She is BEYOND hilarious!!

Luvvie is a cultural critic, writer, digital strategist, speaker, and activist. Luvvie first started out as a blogger behind AwesomelyLuvvie.com. It’s been a solid 14 years and her blog is still up and running (GOALS!!!) She is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Awesomely Techie, a resource site for writers, bloggers, business owners, and everyday tech savvy individuals who want to make their lives better.

Luvvie is also a proud partner of The Red Pump Project, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. She has written for ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, The Root, BET, Africa.com, Chicago Sun-Times, and more. She has interviewed anybody who is anybody from Oprah Winfrey to Gloria Steinem, and has spoken on several stages including: The White House, TedXColumbiaCollege, National Association of Black Journalists Conference, amongst more.

I can go on and on about Ms. Luvvie as you can see! But her name has been ringing with praise lately for her debut book , “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual”, which features a series of hilarious essays about our social media and cultural bad behavior. It is full of brutally honest truth and joyous laughs. It is a hand book full of quotes to use about the current state of the world we live in.

Due to the feedback and success of her book, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (television and film producer) have agreed to adapt Luvvie’s “Do Better Manual” as a cable comedy series through Shondaland and ABC Signature.

Check out Luvvie’s book and look out for her upcoming show.

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Shonda is Queen of TGIT owning her the well deserved title of SHONDALAND. If there is anyone that can take up three hours of our time on a single night while causing us to juggle emotions of anticipation, anger, and sadness, IT IS SHONDA.

On several different occasions Shonda has left me in my room watching episode after episode of Grey’s Anatomy, all while crying tears of sadness.

Shonda is a television produced, screenwriter, and author. She is best known as the executive producer, head writer, and creator of Grey’s Anatomy (Medical Drama -Fourteen seasons and counting), Private Practice (Grey’s Spinoff), and Scandal (Political thriller/drama – Six seasons and counting), all of which share the home of ABC. She also serves as executive producer of the ABC television series Off the Map, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Catch.

Shonda has won several awards, most recently being the “Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement” in 2015.
In 2015, she also published a memoir, “Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person”. In this book Shonda unravels the truth about how saying YES changed her life and how she has managed to maintain her success all while being a full time mother.

Read her book and watch her empowering and motivational TedTalk “My year of saying yes to everything”.

Tracee Ellis Ross landscape-1491856770-ghk050117cover032nd-copyBeautiful, Elegant, Hair Goals, Hilarious, and Body Goals wrapped into one!!

I started liking Tracee when she began making parody videos freestyling popular rap songs as her alter ego, T-Murda. Silly, I know!!! Since, the release of her first video she instantly became one of my favorite people!

Tracee is an actress, model, tv show host, and comedian. Tracee has appeared as an actress in several films and shows but two of her most popular television appearances include: Girlfriends and Black-ish, in which both series she has played strong, independent, intellectual women.

She has won several awards from “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” from 2015-2017 to NAACP Image Awards.

In 2016, Ross was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, in which she was one of the first African American women to be nominated in the category in the last 30 years. She has also hosted several award shows from the BET Awards, Black Girls Rock, and Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

Tracee is a talented actress but most importantly, she is comfortable in her own skin!

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Alicia is one of the founders and creators of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. She is a activist and editorial writer. She has focused on discussing and working to combat several issues like health, students rights, police brutality, violence against trans and gender non conforming people of color, and more.

Alicia has been a woman focused on seeing justice in our communities and obtaining rights for all people.

Her writing has been published by the Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, The Feminist Wire, and The Guardian. She currently directs Special Projects at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Since her involvement and activism with the Black Lives Matter movement, Alicia received several notices of recognition like being acknowledged on the Root 100 list of African American achiever between the ages of 25 and 45. Alicia also received the Local Hero award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

November of 2017, Alicia Garza, along with the other two BLM founders: Patrice Cullors and Opal Tometi will be awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

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Ava DuVernay is Woke Bae! She is a director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor dedicated to educating the people and spreading truth.

One of her most popular, riveting, enlightening, and heart-wrenching films has been her film 13th, a film centered on the criminal justice system and race in the U.S. 13th is a documentary that released on Netflix in 2016. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Documentary Feature”.

Watching 13th was my first introduction to Ava DuVernay and I’ve been enlightened and impressed with her work ever since.

Ava is also creator and executive producer of the drama series that we all love, Queen Sugar, airs on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).

From producing and director several films, Ava has made a mark in history and has become a hot topic in the woke circle. For her work she has been recognized and become a recipient of several awards.

At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ava won the “Best Director” prize for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. She was the first Black woman to win the award! In 2014, for her work in Selma, she was the first Black woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She was also the first Black woman director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

If you haven’t seen 13th check it out on Netflix, catch up on Queen Sugar, and look out for new Ava DuVernay projects.

 

Boss Women Making Boss Moves Part 1

Issa Rae

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Not too many people knew about Issa Rae until it was announced that she would be releasing a brand new show on HBO titled “Insecure”. A new show with a Black female lead character? A must see! I stumbled upon the show scrolling through my apple tv one night in my dorm room trying to find something to watch. I’ve been blessed (or hooked) ever since. Several people still didn’t know how to feel about Issa Rae after watching the first episode of her brand new comedy but if you’re anything like me, you were sold with the first episode! And if you’re really like me after watching her talking to herself in the mirror, conversations with her best friend, relationship with her boyfriend, and career confusion…you probably realized that you were an Awkward Black Girl too.

However, Issa had been making buzz around the internet for quite some time dating all the way back to the moment she began her online comedy web series “Awkward Black Girl”. Issa is known for being extremely funny and extremely awkward, hince her self-proclaimed “Awkward Black Girl” title which has worked in her favor in advancing and headlining her career.

Issa is extremely inspiring and inspirational to me because she has made a career out of adding comic relieve to her awkward personality, all while embracing her blackness and encouraging every Black Girl to unapologetically be themselves.

Go purchase and read her book “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and stay tuned for Season 2 of “Insecure” set to release July 23rd, 2017.

Teyana Taylor

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Teyana has got to be the most slept on artist I’ve ever seen. She’s been reduced to being on Tyler Perry’s, Madea’s Big Happy Family as the girl that kept saying “Byrrrroooooon” also known as Bow Wow’s baby mama. She was also known for “Google Me Baby” and her Sweet 16th birthday Party that aired on MTV’s “My Sweet 16”.

Besides that it was “Teyana, who?” until Kanye West’s “Fade” video dropped which featured Teyana Taylor. This video was the moment that Teyana Taylor went from “Who is that?” to “Where has she been?” and “What’s next?”

I fell in love with Teyana’s voice when her debut album VII dropped in 2015 and I loved her even more when I watched her in concert in NYC at SOBs the beginning of 2016. Teyana’s personality is out of this world! The money and fame has not changed her. She still has just the right amount of hood mixed with class. Although she is a married woman (Iman Shumpert – #4 Shooting Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers), and a mother (baby Junie) Teyana is still making Boss moves.

She is an artist on GOOD music (Kanye West label), has a shoe line with Adidas, actress in VH1’s “The Breaks”, and has launched her own workout plan called “Fade to Fit”. If you haven’t heard her music check out VII and her 90’s inspired mixtape The Cassette Tape 1994.

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Karen is the queen of making Boss moves!

She is a social media and digital media marketing strategist. At a young age, she designed fan sites for actors and musicians for national competitions. She interned as a Staff Assistant at Hot 97 with DJ Funkmaster Flex in 2002 and worked with Dipset developing e-commerce for the group. In 2008, she created her own site/blog, karencivil.com and marketing agency, Live Civil, focusing on digital marketing in the hip-hop industry.

But, it wasn’t until 2010 when she began attracting worldwide attention. Karen created and ran Weezythankyou.com, a site where rapper Lil Wayne published letters to his fan while incarcerated. From there she began working with Beats by Dr. Dre as digital marketing manager from 2011-2015.

November 2015, she published her book, Be You & Live Civil: Tools for Unlocking Your Potential & Living Your Purpose.

Karen Civil has branded her name and become a icon in the digital marketing industry. She is a pro at turning small time dreams into the next big thing on the internet. She has become a go-to public speaker for universities, media outlets, and women empowerment conferences.

Karen just became the third and youngest recipient of the key to the city of Elizabeth, NJ (her hometown). Look out for all her upcoming endeavors.

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Jasmine Mans is an author, performer, poet, and teacher.

Jasmine Mans is lethal with her words. Her word play is sick and she will send chills down your spine causing you to have goose bumps. Jasmine Mans has used her poetry as a form of activism and she is all about the Black culture. She has called out rappers like Nicki Minaj and Kanye West for not being “cracked up to what [they were] supposed to be”. She’s also wrote poems dedicated to First Lady Michelle Obama and slain Black Boys in America. She has used her words with the purpose of advocating for change and making a difference.

Check her out on YouTube and purchase her poetry book “Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels”.

 

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Yara is an actress and model. She began acting at a very young age but she became a well known name on the big screen on the sitcom “Black-ish” as Zoey.

Yara is only 17 but she is very intellectual and active in spreading encouraging and motivating messages to the Black community. She is an activist within her own right dedicated to changing the conversations revolving around racism, sexism, and other political and social issues.

December 2014, she won an NAACP Image Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy”. In 2016, she signed to model with New York’s Women Management modeling agency. Along with all of her accomplishments and adventures, she has still set education as a top priority. She will be attending Harvard University in the Fall.

Check out her new sitcom, “College-ish”, a “Black-ish” spinoff set to premiere in 2018 on Freeform network.

 

Tips to Being the Best College Student

I recently graduated from college a little over a month ago! Wooohooo! It’s safe to say that it is still very surreal to finally come to the realization that I will NEVER be an undergraduate in college again! I’m officially an adult in the REAL WORLD after four LONG years! Over the course of my four years in college, I learned A LOT about myself and the world around me. As I look back on my college experience, I realize how much I have accomplished and how much college has contributed to my personal growth and life goals. I am providing 4 steps to being the best college student.

  • Apply Yourself

I believe the key to success is Application. That means that in order to accomplish that goal, vision, or dream you must put in the work to achieve that goal!! College is an essential step now of days to success and financial freedom, it is Step 1 in the Application process. Therefore, it is very critical that in classes you always put your best foot forward and take pride in your work. College is not easy but you HAVE TO DO THE WORK! Take notes, study, read, plan!! Most importantly, if you are having difficulties in a class ask for HELP! No one will ever know your struggles if you don’t tell your peers or faculty members that can assist in your needs. Do not be ashamed to ask for help because your professors will know that by asking you are applying yourself!

  •  Believe in Yourself

If you don’t believe in yourself no one will and if others do, you won’t believe it! The persons opinion that matters the most in relation to yourself is your own. It is imperative that you believe in yourself and your capabilities. One of the most common diseases to have in Self-Doubt. I call it a disease because it is often times something that several people fall victim of. GET RID OF IT! Self-Doubt is a DREAM KILLER and our goal is to LIVE DREAMS! If you want to own your own company, be a professor, be a doctor, write a book, or be a photographer… You have to believe that you can. Envision the day that you are working and working happily at something that you’ve always wanted to do. THAT IS THE GOAL and College gets you there! So, when you feel like quitting and as if it’s not worth it envision that goal!

  •  Take Advantage of Every Opportunity

Throughout my college career, I always took advantage of opportunities that could benefit my future goals and interest. No matter how nervous or fearful I may have been I went for the unknown and accepted the challenge of allowing the “unknown” to impact my life. As a result, lots of opportunities that I decided to go for turned into life changing and rewarding experiences. Because I took advantage of opportunities I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New York City, Los Angeles, Niagara Falls, and Puerto Rico. I’ve had the opportunity  of researching and learning about topics that I’ve always been interested in. I’ve also served on several committees and have had several leadership opportunities. I’ve written several articles and gained experience in reporting as a journalist because I asked where I could access these resources and I made a way. I made the best out of my college experience by making opportunities for myself and building connections and relationships.

  •  Create Memories

There was never anything to do at school. Half the time I was bored or I left and went to hang out somewhere else (I rarely spent time on campus) lol. But I created Memories wherever I went. When I was on campus, my friends and I made  sure that we created unforgettable memories. We went to events and participated in events on campus together like Spring Fest, Kwanzaa Celebration, Dance Alloy, etc. We often times spent hours talking, watching tv, or listening to music and singing along. If we weren’t doing this than we may have been getting dressed for a party, but regardless of what we were doing the more we’d hang out we learned a lot about one another and grew closer. If I wasn’t on campus, I went to the zoo, I took a road trip, I went shopping, etc. Now I have stories for years that my friends and I could reminisce on. College is the perfect time to live carefree and broke college student lives lbvss 🙂 Sadly, when it is over….you will wish you had it back!

My 2017 Summer Playlist Part I 

1. Passion Fruit – Drake

2. Love – Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari

3. Freak in You – PARTYNEXTDOOR

4. Distraction -Kehlani

5. Teenage Fever – Drake

6. Crazy – Kehlani

7. The Weekend – Sza

8. Loyalty- Kendrick ft. Rhianna

9. Privacy – Chris Brown

10. Come over – Trey Songz

11. 20 Something -Sza

12. Something Tells Me – Bryson Tiller

13. PRBLMS – 6lack

14. Flight – Eric Bellinger ft. Candice Boyd

15. Crew – GoldLink

16. Every Kind of Way – H.E.R.

17. It’s A Vibe – 2 Chainz ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, Jhene Aiko

Stay Woke – Get Out Movie Review

Where racism, envy for the physical bodies and abilities of blacks in America, and satire meet, Get Out is born. For those of us who have seen it, go see it again. For those of us who haven’t, what are you waiting for?

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Jordan Peele, writer, producer, and director of the film has become the first black writer-director with a $100,000,000 movie debut. People seemed to be very pleased with the fact that the movie was marketed as a horror film, but it is safe to say that Get Out is not your typical scare flick. The film encompasses all entities that you may identify with horror: a road trip to a unknown place in the middle of nowhere, hypnotism, blacks as house slaves to a white family, an interracial couple, and some occasional killings. Scary, right? Well, it just so happens that the scariest part of the whole film is the reality of being black in America. The film is a political commentary on racial issues and tensions in America gracefully highlighting and placing white superiority, privilege, and power in juxtaposition to blacks as the “other” in the forefront.

With a fairly unknown cast, Peele’s great directing and writing, and the amazing acting from the talented performers will leave you wanting more. It’s definitely worth the second and third watch. After all, you may have to because you won’t merely catch all the subliminal messages that Peele laces throughout the film without seeing it again.

 

In the opening scene of Get Out, Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” is playing, while Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), the lead character, a black man is preparing to go home with his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents. The lyrics of the chorus playing in the background is a perfect prelude of what the movie has to offer. As the lyrics “But Stay Woke…They gon find you/Gon’ catch you sleepin’,” blares through the screen, it’s almost as if you are being given a warning to Stay Woke during the movie.

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The term “Stay Woke” is commonly used in today’s time to encourage social and political awareness. The mission of Get Out is to encourage a social and political awareness of the value of black bodies and lives in America. It is also to encourage white men and women to debunk their own prejudices and racial bias against blacks. Without ruining the film, I’ll say that Get Out makes for the perfect conversation starter and it is a movie that you must go see! Congratulations Jordan Peele for successfully keeping us all surprised and intrigued, and encouraging us to “stay woke.”