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If you don’t have a mentor who you can look to for advice and guidance for shaping your career, it can be intimidating to know where to go for support. Usually, we learn fundamental skills on the fly — whether it’s editing your résumé to speak to the job you want, or learning how to effectively network to build your social capital. But usually, the path to learning can be a bit of a bumpy road — and not the most productive way to learn. 

This online course can be like that mentor you wish you had. It’s meant to help you develop practical skills like interviewing, résumé building, and networking so you can grow your career and minimize the usual amount of trial and error you’d need if you were figuring all this out on your own. Read more…

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5 Toxic Beliefs to Unlearn in Order to Level Up in Your Life and Career

Very early in life, many of us are taught that learning is the key to advancing in your career. But equally important in learning new skills are unlearning those beliefs, childhood lessons, and habits that no longer fit the vision for your life and career.

It Starts and Ends With You

Be real with yourself. Are you holding on to your parent’s values? Are you conforming to other people’s definition of success? Chances are if you’re feeling lost, confused, or afraid about next steps in your life and career, your mindset is keeping you stuck and confined to a mediocre life.

After landing a 6-figure job with great benefits, I bought a home and traveled around the world to countries like Thailand, Italy, and South Africa. According to my Instagram and Facebook post, I was living my best life. But truthfully, I still felt incredibly unfulfilled at work. I was searching for something more in different jobs, relationships, and even money. I could never escape the aching feeling that there had to be something more to life, which was contrary to what I was taught growing up. But here’s the thing, it wasn’t my job that needed to change, I needed to change. It was time to unlearn what I had been programmed to believe since birth.

Stop Settling for Safe

Your ability to declutter your mind from old ideas and find the courage to rewrite your story can help you step outside your comfort zone and create your best life—whatever that looks like for you.

So, are you ready to level up? Here are few things you may need to unlearn.

 

  1. Unlearn the idea that the world must watch and validate all of your achievements. In What Color Is Your Parachute 2019, A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Richard N. Bolles, said it best: “Unlearn the idea that our unique mission consists of some achievement for all the world to see—and learn instead that the stone does not always know what ripples it has caused in the pond, whose surface it impacts, so neither we nor those who watch our lives will always know what we have achieved by our life and by our mission.”
  2. Unlearn the idea that you should choose “what” (job I want) first. Instead, focus on “who” (do I want to help). Starting with “who” can help you align your values, actions, skills, and experiences to the needs of a specific group of people. Putting people at the heart of everything you do is also one of the most impactful ways to stand out in your career.
  3. Unlearn the belief that a job should fulfill you. The reality is, you may not get all the ingredients of a fulfilling life from a job. Plus, you are not your job title. So, don’t just find a job, find a mission. What causes are you most passionate about? What’s the thing that irritates you when you see it being done incorrectly? What are the conversations professionals in your industry don’t want to have? Simply put, be the change and connect your mission to the core of everything you do.
  4. Unlearn the belief that your greatest accomplishments are confined to a moment of time. Between 25 and 40 years old, many of us are worried about finding a husband/wife; landing a high paying job and then buying the materialistic things that make us look successful. In fact, keeping up with someone else’s perfectly curated life on social media is bound to push anyone into a deep depression. But in reality, your putting yourself into a box, capping your growth, and stopping yourself from living.
  5. Unlearn the belief that the “best education” is connected to a formal educational institution. Some of your best lessons will come from real-world experiences. Going (back) to college will not guarantee you a job after graduation and degrees don’t equal dollars. You have to put in the work. Keep it real with yourself; are you using “I’m going back to school” as a safety net or smoke screen because you’re confused and too afraid to face rejection in the real world?

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Barnard College Vice President On Climbing to the Executive Level in Your Career

Gabrielle Simpson never had a black professor in college. Now, through her work as vice president and head of Communications at Barnard College, Simpson’ s life’s mission is to positively contribute to the lives and careers of the next generation of diverse leaders. In an interview, she outlines what it takes for women to step into an executive position.

Black Enterprise: Explain your role at Barnard College.

Simpson: At Barnard, I lead the communications department, which strengthens how the college conveys its significance and impact to teaching and scholarship.

My team includes news and strategic communications, events, special projects, creative, government relations, digital and video, marketing, and executive communications, editorial and media relations. Working with them, I look for unique opportunities to promote the great work of our faculty, staff, students, and alumnae. There are so many phenomenal stories to tell about faculty, alumnae, students, scholarship, and research, and my team helps to showcase these across channels in a myriad of evolving and innovative ways. As head of communications, I strategically elevate these exceptional accomplishments.

A recent study from the Harvard Business Review finds that women are more likely to volunteer for assignments that benefit the organization, but that has very little impact on their advancement at a company. Can you share the assignments or experiences that had an impact on your preparation for an executive level position?

As an intern at ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly in 2007, I was the first person in and the last one to leave—as all interns should be. Though it was intimidating, I would share suggestions and ideas with show producers. It was important for me to make my presence known. I tried my best to go above and beyond. When college graduation was near, I was offered a production assistant role. This taught me early on that you have to put yourself out there. We often have to be our own publicist, manager, and agent. Having ABC on my résumé helped me to land a role at CBS.

While I was a communications associate at CBS Corp., I shared my interest in diversity and inclusion with my supervisor. He then empowered me to meet with the Chief Diversity Officer, Josie Thomas. We clicked, and she understood my genuine interest in diversity and inclusion. I eventually helped to execute corporate diversity communications across the company’s diverse portfolio and helped to create an award-winning newsletter for CBS. I was later promoted and asked to be a charter member of CBS’ first-ever, corporatewide diversity council. I attended signature national events and conferences representing the corporate communications office, as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This placed me on the diversity and inclusion radar, and eventually, I was recruited by Comcast NBCUniversal, where I led corporate diversity communications on behalf of NBCUniversal.

At Barnard, I’m able to bring my broadcast and multimedia perspective to the college. My experience of teaching since high school and currently at the collegiate level positively impacted my current role as well.

What are some ways you can add value to the workplace?

We should all strive to add value in the workplace with both “performance currency,” and “relationship currency.” Performance currency is generated by you going above and beyond what’s asked and expected of you. Relationship currency is generated by the investments that you make in people around you—being the go-to, trusted person on a project or job. Strong relationship currency can lead to sponsorship, promotions, and financial increases. Together, performance and relationship currency influence your position in an organization. You must overperform to be noticed. People rise in their careers because of what they do and who knows that they do it. Success is always dependent not just on you, but on others.

Communication is critical to advancing in your career. What tips would you share for women who are afraid to speak up in fear of sounding incompetent, being interrupted, or shot down for their opinion?

If you’re prepared and do your research, your competence will be recognized. As women, we cannot afford to be unprepared. We have to stay ready, so we’ll never have to get ready. Preparation is key to gaining confidence.

Additionally, closed mouths don’t get fed. There is tremendous value in asking insightful questions and sparking thoughtful conversations. If you do not speak up, if you do not contribute to significant conversations, your value won’t be seen. It’s imperative to make your presence and value known. Sometimes it’s about asking smart questions and being brave enough to get the conversation going.

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Her Luncheons Help Women Take a Leap of Faith in Their Career

When Safiya J. Simmons came across an article titled “The Confidence Gap which emphasized how self-doubt continues to hold women back in their careers—she felt an overwhelming desire to create a space where women are equipped to take their careers and lives to the next level.

“There are so many spaces telling women who they should be. For instance, there’s Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” which encourages women to lead rather than follow; the old familiar parenting styles: Tiger mom and helicopter mom, which spotlight’s the highly involved—super aggressive parent; as well as the Bible’s Proverbs 31 which details the attributes of a virtuous wife or ideal woman. I wanted to create a platform that gives women the space to decide who they want to be and how on their own terms” said Simmons. With that passion, Simmons created The Leap Luncheon Series, a chance for professional women to have open and honest conversations with influential women over a meal.

Simmons’ is not an event planner, but since 2015 her faith in God and passion to help women free themselves from the opinion of others, has helped her host power lunches in Washington, DC, and New York City. She’s been surprised by the caliber of women volunteering their time to support other women of color ages 18 and up, who are just about to enter the workforce, under-employed, and those starting second and entrepreneurial careers.

“We’ve had broadcast journalist and executive producer, Soledad O’Brien, White House correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan, New York Times bestselling author and digital strategist Luvvie Ajayi, Former Editor at Essence Magazine Vanessa DeLuca, Attorney and CEO of IMPACT Strategies Angela Rye,CNN commentator and principal of the 360 Group LLC Symone Sanders, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge—and more, said Simmons. “These women didn’t know me or the Leap Luncheon Series, but they chose to spend some time with us. For that I’m grateful.”

In the midst of planning the next Leap Luncheon on September 19, in Washington DC,  Black Enterprise sat down with Simmons to talk about the rules of society and self-limiting beliefs that hold many women back from taking their career to the next level.

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You’ve hosted quite a few events, what have you been most surprised to learn about yourself?

I have been quite surprised by how much I’m learning about being a leader. I’m far from a perfect leader, but learning the art of delegation and trusting your team is something that I’m grateful for. I wouldn’t be able to pull off my luncheons without the ladies working with me. It’s a core group of women who help me with everything from venues to art to invitations. I’ve learned a lot about myself as a leader just by being obedient and doing these luncheons.

When it comes to women advancing in their careers, what do you believe many women overlook or underestimate as a tool to get ahead?

Sometimes we’re so focused on where we’re going that we overlook where we are. Whether you’re looking to start a business, get a promotion, or change careers, there’s something to be learned and gained where you are. Are there professional development and training opportunities? Can you find and secure a mentor or a sponsor where you are? Are there new responsibilities you can take on that will build your resume? Or can you begin to amass quantifiable and measurable wins that will build out your resume? Where you are is a critical part of where you’re headed. Milk it for all it’s worth!

What’s the traditional career advice that you believe is overrated?

“Find a good job with benefits and a W2, and stay there.” It’s overrated because we grow and change — if we’re lucky — nearly every day of our lives. The expectation that we’ll still get the same things out of our jobs that we did two or twenty years ago is erroneous and puts too much pressure on us to look for life where there may be none. The Bible says there’s a season for everything under the sun. Allow yourself to grow and change and see what works for who you are now. For me, that meant venturing into entrepreneurship. For others, that might mean going to a new company, pursuing a promotion, or looking for professional development opportunities. Give yourself permission to grow and change and then follow the direction of your passion — responsibly. I tell the Leap Ladies all the time, have a plan before you leap, no matter what your leap looks like. Don’t just jump out there. Be strategic and get ready to live your best life now!

It’s not until women define ourselves, for ourselves, that we’ll be able to assume our rightful places of power and influence in the boardroom, the bedroom, and every space in between. I believe in having radical faith and radical expectation. Nothing radical happens in a constrained space. The inspiration to be self-doubt. could begin in a box, but it’ll never flourish without space and an expectation of wonderful blessings.

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Celebrity Big Brother signs up controversial former One Show presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli after sexual harassment claims ended his TV career

CELEBRITY Big Brother’s last signing is controversial former One Show presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli, the Sun’s Bizarre TV column can reveal.

Channel 5 bosses have landed the Sikh comedian, 49, as the mystery fourteenth housemate.

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Celebrity Big Brother’s last minute signing is controversial former One Show presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli[/caption]

He was suspended by the BBC in 2009 for six months amidst allegations of sexual harassment of a researcher and his contract was never renewed.

Hardeep cancelled a number of appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, telling his 41,000 Twitter fans a “last minute TV project” had come up.

He said: “Sincere apologies for the cancellation of the rest of my fringe run.

“A last minute TV project came up.

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He was suspended by the BBC in 2009 for six months amidst allegations of sexual harassment of a researcher and his contract was never renewed[/caption]

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The comedian has struggled to land a job since he got the boot from the Beeb[/caption]

“My profound thanks to @AssemblyFest for yet again being frightful hosts.

“And much love to those that gave me their hour. Love love.”

The Beeb took action after he was accused of pestering a female researched on The One Show when he was working as a reporter.

He was seen as a rising star in the corporation but has struggled to land work since.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said at the time: “Producers of The One Show received a complaint regarding Hardeep’s behaviour towards a production colleague.

“She made no formal complaint and has acknowledged that One Show management took the issue extremely seriously.

“He was reprimanded and immediately apologised. He agreed to take some time away from the show to reflect on his behaviour. This leave of absence has been agreed to be six months.”

However he denied he had been accused of sexual assault but conceded he had “overstepped the mark”.


Hardeep said: “Nobody has accused me of sexual harassment. I recognise I over stepped the mark and have apologised unreservedly.”

Other TV appearances include It’ll Never Work, which won a Bafta, Meet The Magoons, Celebrity Masterchef in 2006, a celebrity edition of The Apprentice and hosted New British Kitchen with John Torode on UKTV.

He has also had stints on the radio including on Radio 2 and 4.

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How to Write a Resume for a Career Change

If you’re ready to pursue a new career, your Resume will need some fine-tuning before you can start applying to jobs. Thankfully, even if you are planning to move to an entirely different industry than the one you work in now, chances are you’ll be able to include most of the skills and experience that you already have on your Resume.

In this post, we offer tips on how to tailor your Resume so you can apply to your dream job with confidence.

1. Focus on Soft Skills

Soft skills are transferable skills that you build upon during your working life and are not job-specific, even if you feel like you learned those skills at a specific job. Soft skills are focused on you and your personality, and can include things like communication, leadership abilities, and working well with others. These skills tend to be relevant to almost any job.

For instance, if you’re trying to move from a retail management position to event planning, what you’ve learned in leadership, problem-solving, and customer service are all applicable and should be included in your Resume.

In many cases, soft skills can be just as important to include on your Resume as hard skills (such as courses or certifications) even if you have a ton of education and training, if you lack the soft skills, you might not be the ideal candidate for the job you want.

As an example, if part of the job post you’re applying to states that you’d be working with a team of people and you are the type of person who prefers to work alone, then the job is probably not right for you even if you have the necessary education and training for it.

2. Include Keywords from Job Postings

When you’re responding to a job posting you’ll want to make sure you mirror the language the company uses to some extent. One way to make your Resume stand out is by sprinkling keywords from the job posting in your Resume and Cover Letter, as it reinforces that you are a match for the position to the hiring manager.

For instance, if they tend to use the words “team player” when describing a candidate that they are looking for, then try to use that wording when describing your ability to work well in a team environment.

3. Consider Education or Volunteering to Add Qualifications to your Resume

If you’re changing careers, it’s likely that you have a specific job or industry in mind that you would like to move into. A good technique for adding to your experience is to check multiple job boards for a position you like, and then look for volunteer or educational opportunities that would be relevant to that job. Oftentimes, volunteer opportunities will be posted on job sites alongside paid positions, and most can be found by including the keyword “volunteer” in your online search.

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It can take time to transition to a new career, but remember that the skills and experience you gained from other jobs can be relevant to whatever new industry or career you’re trying to get into. If you take the time to do research and gain the missing skills and experience that you need, you’re more likely to get the job you want.

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Plus-Size Model Philomena Kwao Credits Lupita Nyong’o For Boosting Her Career

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London-born beauty Philomena Kwao credits actress Lupita N’yongo for boosting her career and helping her become a sought-after influencer in the fashion industry.

Standing at a statuesque 5’10, with flawless melanin-enriched skin, Kwao says black folks “must stop equating the darkness of our skin tones with poverty, ugliness and despair.”

“I was warned constantly to not go into the sun, for fear of getting dark, lest I grow up never to be wed. When I dabbled in skin bleaching, every time I moved up a shade I was drowned in compliments,” she wrote in a blog post for Huff Post.

“Talking about colorism makes people feel uncomfortable because it shows that within ourselves, we discriminate against one another based on our skin tones. A harsh truth, but that’s the point.”

During an exclusive interview with RollingOut, Kwao opens up about colorism, breaking barriers and why she’s more than just your typical runway model.

Peep the Q&A below.

How do you identify yourself in terms of race and what does that mean to you?

The term that we use is Black British. It just means that I am a Black person born in the UK and have a British passport. We do have our own culture, which is a beautiful fusion of many aspects of the diaspora, many African countries, many Caribbean influences, and African-American influences. They are all fused together to form our own slang, music, and its usually first, second, third, fourth generation immigrants.

What was it like growing up in the United Kingdom while having Ghanaian roots?

The beautiful thing about the UK is that geographically it’s very close to the African continent. Even though I was born and raised in London, I had a sense of community and I really felt like I was back home. I grew up in a very strong Ghanaian community almost exclusively. We spoke the language inside and outside. We ate the food. And we carried on the customs/traditions of home. I find that in the UK there is a very heavy presence of culture from other countries. I would argue that the way my parents were raised in Ghana and the way I was raised was the same. Aside from the lands being different, the heart was the same.

How did you get your start in modeling?

I started modeling when a friend entered my photo into a modeling competition. I went in because the agency at that time was looking for plus-size models. I won that competition and the rest has been a beautiful story ever since.

You’ve broken barriers in fashion being a plus-size model. Tell me a little about your experiences.

Across my journey as a Black plus-size model, it has been generally positive. I have been very blessed and I’m very grateful for the opportunities presented to me because Black plus-size models aren’t readily represented in the fashion industry. The U.S. is a much bigger market for plus-size women, but [when] I moved to here, I didn’t work for a year because I wasn’t the standard of beauty. I was a dark skin, plus-sized woman with a shaved head. It was almost everything I wasn’t supposed to be rolled into one. Then Lupita [Nyong’o] became famous and recognized as a standard of beauty. As soon as she shot up, the clients wanted a plus-size version of Lupita and my career went from zero to 100 overnight.

Why do you feel that it is important to have diverse representation on the covers of mainstream magazines?

Representation is so important because it makes each of us feel like we belong. Growing up as a Black girl in London. I remember being affected by colorism. In music videos and films, I always saw lighter skin women. This led me to skin bleaching and other harmful practices towards myself because I was trying to achieve that. Had I seen darker women being celebrated as beautiful and powerful, I don’t think I would’ve gone down that route.

You have written a book called The Queen In Me. What prompted you to write this book?

Yes. It’s a children’s picture book that will be out later in the fall. It really does concentrate on celebrating darker skin-tones and more African features, because [girls] are not seeing themselves represented. Young girls are being bombarded by images of a particular standard of beauty. When you have a diverse representation in terms of shape, size, age, ethnicity, you really do broaden the standard of what it means to be beautiful and it helps people see themselves in a positive light.

Aside from being a beautiful model on the cover of magazines, you are a very well-educated woman with two degrees.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in International Health Management. I always wanted to be a doctor when I was younger. But after completing an internship, I realized the clinical side wasn’t for me. I always have been very passionate about health because I believe the strength of a nation is the health of its people. Had I not gone into modeling I would’ve have liked to join the United Nations and affecting healthcare policies in developing countries.

You are a global ambassador for Women for Women International tell me about your work for that organization?

It is an organization that primarily works with women who are in conflict-driven areas like Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan. These are women whose lives are already very difficult because they are women living in these areas. They deal with issues of misogyny, food instability, safety. The organization aims to empower these women by putting them through a 12-month program where they are given innumerable skills, a stipend and taught a trade. Later this year, I will be going to Nigeria to visit the women who have gone through this program and to see the graduation.

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Jeremy Jordan: A Career Timeline From Broadway To Hollywood, and Back Again!

Jeremy Jordan – pause for the fangirl screams – is coming back to Broadway this fall in American Son, marking Jordan’s first role in a dramatic play on Broadway. In order to celebrate, let’s take a look back on his career from Broadway classics to Hollywood heroes, he’s done it all Check it out below.
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Artist Nick Grant on Navigating A Career in the Business of Hip-Hop

Nostalgia is a dangerously beautiful thing. Too much of it will prevent you from appreciating the new, but the right amount will leave you feeling refreshed. Nick Grant is the perfect balance. His presence on the microphone reminds us all of the golden age of hip-hop, drawing on a genius level talent for wordplay and storytelling. His approach, however, is not one that is so deeply rooted in a 90s persona that it comes off as overly reminiscent of times past. His beat selection is soulful but still current. The content? Topical, he tells the story of a willingness to get uncomfortable while pursuing an intrinsic passion. Taking on life’s wins, failures, and the lessons in between while growing into the person he saw himself as before the world got the big picture. Grant’s newest project, “Dreaming Out Loud,” delivers that narrative in sonic form, and with 6.2 million streams on his latest project, tour dates with Nas and Lauryn Hill, and cosigns from greats like DJ Khaled, it appears that hip-hop may have a new challenger to the throne. 

Modern day artists are fully aware of the need for multiple streams of income. The music industry business model is still in transition. Streaming pumped life back into the business, but artists aren’t seeing much profit from the sales. According to The Guardian, artists only get $ 0.00783 and $ 0.00397 per stream from Apple and Spotify, respectively. As a result, musicians must heavily rely on show money and merchandise sales to pull in cash. Naturally, an artist like Grant who is poised for worldwide success must keep his head on a swivel when it comes to diversifying his portfolio. After all, music is a young man’s sport and eventually the goal is to move into other business ventures. 

In a conversation filled with sheer appreciation for the moment, Grant revealed a very focused intent. The first chapter of his journey is closed, and his future is on the horizon. As he reflects on the experience of putting himself in position to eat, he has honed in on solidifying a foundation upon which his empire can stand. Coming from Walterboro, South Carolina, with a population of 5,000 people, it was no easy adventure for Grant to get here. 

“You can’t walk into a label from a small town. I didn’t even have a studio, we had to make one and record in a closet. A move to Atlanta was a family move that worked out. At the time Ludacris, T.I., and Outkast were artists you could look up to and also run into at any time. It was a different world, but it was accessible. I still had to pay my dues, go around and do rap battles and go to studios and get my voice heard.” 

Nowadays, opportunities to diversify your career trajectory depend on social currency. Those ever-so-necessary metrics that prove you’ve got the audience to drive revenue. It’s what every brand looks for when forging partnerships with artists looking to merge into other lanes of creative professionalism. While Grant is undeniably talented, he’s still earning his spot among the megastars of the game. The necessary evil in that is maintaining a social presence and growing a visible fan base by the numbers. 

“Everything is just hip-hop while I build a solid foundation. I want to get into acting, clothing, and finding artists. Music has a deadline so diversifying is key. You have to pay attention to the things you’re into and your direction. It takes staying committed and being comfortable with yourself. I could be better with social media and things. I’m growing to learn about those things on top of doing more shows and touching fans. Developing those habits of making sure it’s my best whenever I put up content.” 

You can hear the reluctantly wise compromise in his voice. He’s an MC to the core, cut from the cloth of earning his stripes through battles and fighting for his songs to be heard in studios. The music should speak for itself, and create all of the opportunity he deserves. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world and sometimes people want to see before they hear. That includes the folks who can provide opportunities in Grant’s places of interest beyond beautifully crafted bars. A true professional, he’s OK with playing the game as long as the music is on point. He’s got a platform now, and with that comes a duty. 

We’re the first generation of black men facing our demons without burying our emotions. On top of that, black women are holding us accountable for appreciating them and dispelling toxic viewpoints we learned from fathers, uncles, and brothers who went unchecked. Both subjects are regular topics of conversation across Twitter timelines. Using songs like “Father Figure” and “Black Woman,” Grant addresses two of the most sensitive topics for many black men. Confronting unresolved issues with the men responsible for raising us, and embracing the importance of the women who nurtured us no matter the cost. 

“I realized having a voice is a responsibility. These are things that I always wanted to talk about. Women were a village that raised me and provided for me when I couldn’t provide for myself. It was important for me to speak on, even if I was the only one to hear the records. Fortunately, it didn’t go unnoticed. Black Woman is 2-3 years old, but it shows you that God has his timing.”  

Nick’s appreciation for his position is full proof, while the game he’s in keeps reinventing itself. Platforms like Spotify offer licensing deals to artists, while companies like United Masters help artists create direct-to-consumer markets. It’s all in an effort to cut out the middleman. Still, Grant saw fit to sign with a major label. His golden ticket is in the business minds he keeps around him at Culture Republic, an imprint focused on identifying and cultivating authentic brand partnerships for the artists it represents. Culture Republic is run by Jason Geter, Chaka Zulu, and Bernard Parks who have successfully launched and navigated the brands of international superstars such as T.I., Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Iggy Azalea, Outkast, Cee-Lo Green, 8 Ball & MJG, B.O.B., DJ Drama, and Big K.R.I.T.

“I feel like I always got the cheat code. The people in my management are schooling me. I’m also picking up on ideas through conversation and learning on my own. I’m paying close attention to my peers and the moves they’re making. For me, it’s about letting the music open up the doors. Make sure the art is right, and everything is a domino effect.”

Grant’s whole mentality is to lift as he climbs. He wants to build a studio back home in South Carolina, He wants to help dope artists put out projects, and put people in the position to help others. He’s a fan of the culture first, so as long as he can aid others in realizing their dreams, he’s satisfied. His love for simple things is draped in the humble nature of the southern states that raised him. With a lyrically refreshing project receiving a warm welcome from critics and fans alike, Grant offered parting words on the possibility of the cultural pendulum swinging back in favor of the wordsmiths. 

“I don’t think it ever swung away. Who’s to say that the people everyone calls microwave artists aren’t just being who they really are, and that’s why it’s working for them? I would like to say I’m cut from the same cloth as a Kendrick or a J. Cole. To be a king in hip-hop you have to have a story and messaging. As long as you’re speaking about certain things you’re going to cut through. Everybody who’s the GOAT has to have a body of work. That’s my path. I want to be one of the greatest.” 

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Chances are if you’ve ever swooned over Zendaya’s edgy and wavy chopped cut, Laverne Cox’s chic wavy tresses, or Rihanna’s iconic bob, Ursula Stephen was the visionary celebrity hairstylist behind the look. Beyond her celebrated hair work on red carpets, fashion editorial shoots, and concert stages, she’s a Unilever global haircare brand ambassador, and the owner of “Ursula Stephen The Salon” in Brooklyn, New York. And believe it or not, Stephen had her cosmetology license before she had a high school diploma. We caught up with her to get some career advice on leveling up in the industry.

Very early on you knew what you wanted to do in your career. However, did you envision this level of success? And what decisions have enabled you to succeed as a business owner and go-to hair expert?

I never thought that far ahead. Career was a really big word for me. It wasn’t until I got into cosmetology school and started working in salons that I started to see the possibilities. My teachers were very instrumental in this. They opened my eyes to stylists like John Atchinson, who reached levels I didn’t know existed. Saying “yes” is one of the top three ingredients. I always said yes, even when I was unsure of what was to come.

Can you share any traditional career advice you heard as a young adult, but are glad you didn’t follow?

I’ve never really listened to the “you’re young, you have time” advice. I believe the younger, the better. Take opportunities when they are presented to you—it shouldn’t be based on age or statistics. Once seeds are planted, they take time to grow. Find your calling early on and go hard so you can enjoy life.

You work with a lot of celebrities and major brands. What if a client is adamant about a new look but you think it’s a bad idea. How do you say no to a client?

We never say no. The client is always right. There is always a way to marry what they want with what will work, and that’s what makes me #UrsieOnHair.

 

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You have an amazing portfolio, which includes your work with diverse hair textures and styles. What are some of the things you’ve done in your career to help you understand the needs of different textured hair types?

I owe that to my teachers. While in school, I was fortunate enough to learn from a diverse group of teachers and that taught me that at the core, it was all about hair. I learned to cut fine hair textures and took those skills and techniques and practiced with friends with textured hair in my mom’s basement. The rest is history.

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Zendaya Met Gala (Image: Ursula Stephen)

What are some of your favorite celebrity hairstyling moments that you’ve recently experienced? I’m still on a high from the Met Gala. I love working with clients that I can push the bar with and that is Zendaya! Her Met Gala look was inspired by the power of Joan of Arc and opulence of Versace, who dressed her that evening. The gown looked like armor and chainmail, so we knew we needed a strong beauty look as well.

When it comes to growing your career, what do you think is the most overlooked skill you need to succeed?

People skills. You should make your clients feel comfortable and want to be around you. You can be one of the best artists, but if you don’t give off positive energy, it’ll be hard to keep the momentum going.

 

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8 Best Job Searching and Career Websites for People of Color

From the employee who dreams about landing an executive role at a company but notices a lack of diversity in the C-suite to the entrepreneurs struggle to get funding for their startup—when it comes to career advancement, people of color face an uphill battle. So, we’ve rounded up a few inspirational and resourceful platforms for people of color. Here are some of the best sites for job searching and career advancement for people of color.

8 Best Job Searching and Career Websites for People of Color

Job Well

A career advancement platform for black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals. They also help companies with their marketing, diversity recruitment, and retention.

Womeneur

A platform to connect, enlighten, and empower emerging and early-stage startups and career women. Beyond creating a space to celebrate women entrepreneurs, the Womeneur Collective offers a private membership-based community for resources, weekly training, and actionable advice. Need a daily dose of straight-talk-no-chaser inspiration? Then follow @womeneur on Instagram.

The Life Currency

With a focus on helping millennial students, young professionals, and entrepreneurs navigate life through their 20s, the Life Currency shares gems on preparing for college, balancing career and side-hustles, spending, and investing and making money. Take note, changemakers, dream chasers, and hustlers can get their daily dose of inspiration @TheLifeCurrency’s Instagram page.

Black Creatives

A digital media platform for news, resources, and tools that helps black creatives thrive in their careers. Beyond digital infotainment, #Blkcreatives, is your daily dose of inspiration, conversation, and community, especially on Twitter. Make sure you tune into their Twitter chats.

Black Career Women’s Network 
A national professional development organization focused on everything career-related to the success of African American Women—from “Ask a Mentor” digital tools and coaching to events and in-person workshops. BCWN is on a mission to bridge the gap in support of professional development, particularly for women of color.

The Memo

Coaching, advising, and career development for women of color. This platform goes beyond surface level workplace issues (e.g., communication challenges) and digs deep to uncover solutions on hot topics such as “Intersectionality at work,  Overcoming microaggressions, and Building Alliances At Work.

The Mentor Method

A social enterprise on a mission to help companies increase workplace diversity. According to the website, not only does The Mentor Method make stronger matches between company employees, but they provide a framework, resources, and proven methodology to make the relationship effective. Plus, the Mentor Method provides a  series of business workshops such as New Leadership Training, Diversity, Intern Training, and Implicit Bias training.

She Leads Africa

A global hub of advice, inspiration, and opportunities targeting African women. Plus they host a series of in-person events, expos, and business competitions. For your daily fix of news and actionable advice, sign up for their Monday Motivation newsletter or follow them @sheleadsafrica.

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Ben Simmons’ NBA Career In Jeopardy, Went Bike Riding With Kendall Jenner

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Ben Simmons is playing with fire. The young NBA star is reportedly dating Kendall Jenner, and we all know what happens when NBA players start cavorting with members of the Kardashian clan

No shots.

Reports TMZ:

Kendall was seen getting her ride on this weekend with the 76ers star point guard — on a bicycle, folks … relax. Eyewitnesses tell us they were cruising near The Grove in West Hollywood Sunday — and we gotta say … Kendall looks like the pro out of the two.

She’s got solid form, AND she’s got a purse on her, too, which looks perfectly in sync with her body. Much improved from 2016, when she ate s*** riding down a dirt road.

Ben, meanwhile, looks a little too big for his own bike here … perhaps struggling to peddle, even. The dude is like 6’10”, though … maybe raise the seat next time, yeah?

Jenner has a type. This is the third NBA players she’s been tied to after Jordan Clarkson and Blake Griffin.

Pray for Ben Simmons.

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If you’re ready to take your work or business idea to the next level, it’s time to invest in yourself, because you are your best asset. Let Marie Claire help you achieve your goals with an empowering day of networking and career advice from some of the UK’s most high-profile bosses, influencers and motivational coaches.

Join the Marie Claire team at our Future Shapers Live 2018 event, in partnership with Neutrogena, plus a powerhouse line-up of CEOs, entrepreneurs, career coaches and inspiring women who are changing the future of work. Plus, hear from keynote speaker Alesha Dixon at the end of the day discussing the challenges, defeats and big wins of her journey to the top. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to enjoy a day of game-changing talks, workshops and insider advice – all packed into a bespoke programme designed to arm you with the skills, tools and motivation to achieve your potential and reinvent your career.

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CBRE Group CEO: In my whole career, ‘we’ve never been this deep into an expansion and had so little vacancy’

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The Best Career Advice from Coaches for Lawyers and Other Professionals

We recently contacted several top career coaches (many recommended by Corporette® readers!) to ask them to share their best career advice for professional women in BigLaw, BigFour, and other Big jobs. They shared their thoughts on growing your network and building your reputation, communicating with colleagues and making your expectations clear, keeping an open mind regarding your future career path, and deciding whether or not it’s time to leave a job. Readers, have you ever used a career coach? What’s your best career advice to share with young lawyers, accountants, or other professionals?

Psst: we’ve talked about how to find career coaches before, as well as offered other tips on how to succeed in your career.

Here’s what they shared with Corporette® readers as far as their best career advice:

 Elizabeth H. Munnell, J.D.EHMunnell: 

Some baseline advice for young women starting practice in large law firms: Do not listen to anyone who, in your first few years as a lawyer, warns against spending otherwise billable hours building your network and reputation in the community. Time spent developing a broad and coherent business network, and learning the basics of client development and business generation, is a direct investment in your future and a path to a self-sustaining practice. That it may be non-billable is irrelevant.

Your friends and classmates in the business community are already on message — and they are already ahead. MBAs receive sophisticated training in network building and business generation, and are not at all embarrassed, nor prohibitively intimidated, by the task. Keep in mind, also, that many of the men with whom you are competing start out with broader networks, and a better shot (yes — because they are men) of attracting the partner sponsors essential to advancement.

Rachael Bosch, Managing Director, Fringe Professional Development: 

My biggest piece of advice is to avoid the expectation void! Try your best not to make assumptions about other people and be as clear as possible with your own expectations. That may mean outlining your plans for a big vacation within your first year when you start or clearly outlining what behaviors you want to see from folks you manage. We live in a culture where the common reaction to tough conversations is “it’s just not worth it to say anything,” [and] my advice is that the price is too high to not clearly articulate your expectations. After all, if you set expectations that people don’t achieve, that’s on them. But, if you never set the expectation in the first place, that’s on you!

Kate Neville, President & Executive Coach, Neville Consulting Services: 

Before [leaving your employer], it can be worth the effort to think about how you might improve your daily experience within the organization. In conducting that cost-benefit analysis for any position, it’s important to:

1. Recognize that any job is going to have its pros and cons
2. Understand that the grass often looks greener from the other side
3. Prioritize what factors are most important to you
4. Make a distinction between what you can control and what you can’t
5. Identify which trade-offs you’re willing to accept, and
6. Develop strategies to effectively exert influence in areas that work to your advantage.

Linda Raynier CPA, CA, Career Strategist, Speaker, and Intuitive Purpose Coach: 

My advice would be to learn and absorb as much as you can on the job and keep an open perspective for your career. For some people, a corporate position is THE ideal career for them. But for others, you may one day realize that your corporate job served a specific purpose at a certain time in your life, but you may eventually want to move into something different. So make sure you have a plan on how you can leverage the skills and experience you gained from your corporate career to get you moving forward in your new profession.

Do you agree — is this the best career advice from coaches that you’ve heard? If you’ve been in your field a while, what is the career advice you most often pass on to younger colleagues? If you’re relatively new, what is the best advice you have received so far? Have you ever used a career coach, and if so, why? 

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The legendary life and career of fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy, who founded The House of Givenchy in 1952 and became synonymous with French couture, died on March 10, 2018. He was 91. Take a look back at the fashion icon’s four-decade career, dressing the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and most memorably, Audrey Hepburn.
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Ashton Kutcher Opens About Balancing His Career And Family Life – Reveals A Parenting Moment That Touched Him

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Be the CEO of Your Career

When Nicole Webb’s dream job turned out to be her worst nightmare, she did the unthinkable and resigned. Plagued by the constant stress, frustration, and job dissatisfaction associated with corporate life, she knew that her vision of “success” was far from this.

During a brief, but introspective period of unemployment, she discovered an enormous passion for HR and entrepreneurship. This inspired the subsequent launch of the NK Webb Group, a company specializing in career coaching, whose mission is to educate, empower, and equip individuals to take charge of their own careers and do work that they love. To further her company’s mission, she designed a career workshop for aspiring individuals titled, “Be the CEO of Your Career.”

Black Enterprise caught up with Webb, who is also a BE contributing writer, to learn more about what it means to be the CEO of your career.

(Nicole Webb. Image: Keaton Ottley)

As a career coach, you work with clients to help them become the “CEOs of their careers.” Explain what this mental shift looks like for your clients.

A person who serves as CEO of their career understands that they are the highest-ranking official—the primary decision maker—in their professional life. They are proactive, and strategically utilize their knowledge, skills, and abilities to secure prime opportunities for their advancement. Also, because they possess confidence and know their value, they never settle for less than what they know they deserve.

How did you develop the concept for your current workshop series titled, “Be the CEO of Your Career?”

I have coached many clients who have been talented and educated. However, they lacked the confidence and guidance needed to accomplish their professional goals; they were not acting as the primary stakeholders in their success. Since I was noticing this trend among several clients from various professional industries, I knew I needed to create this workshop.

My goal was to expose attendees to the concepts that would help them excel. For example, understanding how to own their career, position themselves for promotion, build confidence, and face fear.

What are the key takeaways for workshop participants?

I want them to walk away with the understanding that their career is 100% their responsibility and the decisions that they make will determine how successful they will be. Also, that successfully networking with others and investing in themselves provides unlimited opportunities for growth and collaboration, further positioning them as an asset.

What is the biggest challenge you see among your clients?

I find that many of the individuals I coach do not recognize their value. As a result, they often present a diminished version of themselves. We work to re-create a winning narrative around the truth of who they are and the value they bring to the table.

Can you offer specific advice to someone who is currently struggling in their career and searching for next steps?

I would recommend getting clear on what you don’t like about your current employment (or field) and then making a list of the things you’d like to experience in your ideal career. Next, find a good career coach who specializes in the challenges you are facing.

Most career coaches offer a free, 15-minute discovery call to see if there is a mutual fit, so take advantage of it. Put what you learn into immediate practice and pay attention to the results that you are getting; continue to tweak until you find what works best for you.

 

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Yes, You Need a Career Coach: Ask For What You Want

2018 is the year of the woman! And, that means it is time to ask for what you want. As women are coming together to speak out about issues like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the gender wage gap, it is equally as important for women to feel empowered to ask for what they want in the workplace. And, a good way women can practice is by partnering with a career coach.

For part three of the Yes, You Need a Career Coach series for the Women of Power Summit, Marsha Haygood, author and founder of StepWise Associates shares three ways to learn how to grow more comfortable with asking for what you want with a coach to enhance your career as you climb.

 

Practice by speaking up

For many women, asserting themselves can be tough, especially if they do not feel like they have the authority or a safe space to speak up. With the help of a coach, women can implement strategies to speak and eventually begin to ask for that they want.

One thing that Haygood stresses to women is to be advocates for themselves. Whether you are in the boardroom or having a meeting with your manager, your opinion matters and that’s why you need to speak up. “If someone needs help asserting themselves, as a coach I would give them an assignment to do so that they feel more comfortable speaking up in meetings. And, I’ll follow up with them to make sure that they’re doing so,” says Haygood. The assignments could include acting out different scenarios. Remember, no one can bring what you do to the table and a part of keeping your seat requires you to speak up and know your value.

 

Know your value

In The Little Black Book of Success workbook, Haygood and her co-authors share that it is important for women to know their worth. They write why it is key to not get your self-worth and your net worth confused. As a professional, career coaches can help you build your confidence. All that requires is an openness to exploring who you are personally so that you can yield different result in the workplace and throughout your career. In the book they also share that, “Another way to acknowledge your self-value is to actively try to increase it.” You were hired because you add value to where you are. Work with a coach to find ways to understand your worth so that you can feel confident in the workplace.

 

Ask

Everything is negotiable even when it doesn’t seem like it is. While it may feel daunting to ask for what you want, it’s essential to muster up enough confidence to do so even when you are unsure of how asking for something will be received. Haygood says, “Just ask.”

“Ask for what you want so that you can get what you need. Don’t assume that someone knows something if they’re not saying it.”

There are multiple layers to being a black woman in the workplace. There are gender, race, and wage complexities. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, black women only make 64 cents of the same dollar as their white male counterparts although they are more educated and are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States.

Ladies, it is time to ask for what you want. Well, it’s been time. Now that you have this information, get ready to learn how to yield the best return after investing in a career coach for part four of the series.

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Children Who Kill was ‘toughest challenge’ of Susanna Reid’s career

SHE tackles breaking news, grills slippery politicians and talks to victims of tragedies as a presenter on Good Morning Britain.

But SUSANNA REID says filming for her latest ­documentary, Children Who Kill, has been the ­toughest challenge of her career.

Suysanna Reid sat down to interview American murderer Joshua Phillips who killed his eight-year-old neighbour aged just 14

In particular, Susanna dubbed her interview with American murderer Joshua Phillips “extremely distressing” — as she was forced to delve into how, aged 14, he killed his eight-year-old neighbour Maddie Clifton and hid her body under his bed for six days.

In an exclusive interview, Susanna said: “I have never been as ­distressed as I was filming that documentary.

“I’ve been affected by all the documentaries I’ve done but the thing about this is the child who was murdered was so young. I was in tears doing the interviews — and I found everything about meeting Phillips upsetting, distressing and heart-breaking.”

And Susanna even admitted that she had to have a break to clear her mind after filming the show, which airs tomorrow on ITV at 9pm.

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Susanna Reid dubbed interviewing for Children Who Kill left her distressed and found herself in tears[/caption]

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Susanna Reid is used to tackling breaking news, politicians and victims of tragedies for Good Morning Britain[/caption]

She added: “I did find myself with a kind of emotional cloud a lot of the time.

“It took quite a long time after I got back from the States to clear my mind — the first thing I did was hug my kids a little tighter.”

However, this is not the only tough subject Susanna is tackling for ITV as part of its Crime And Punishment series as she will present a hard-hitting ­documentary on taxi cab rapist John Worboys later this month.

And Susanna lashed out at the authorities for putting forward the sex attacker for release after only a decade behind bars. He is thought to have assaulted more than 100 women.

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Susanna Reid found everything about her interview with Joshua Phillips ‘heart-breaking’[/caption]

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The Good Morning Britain host lashed out at authorities for putting forward the release of John Worboys[/caption]

Susanna said: “How did he ever get considered for release? He hasn’t served his time. He’s not even done a year for every woman he was convicted of assaulting or committing a crime against.

“These women have been let down at every stage of the legal process.”

Good on Susanna for tackling topics others might have avoided.

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JOHN CLEESE says he set the bar too high in creating Fawlty Towers.

Now starring in BBC1’s Hold The Sunset, he said: “If I ever did a sitcom again, everyone would say, ‘Well, it’s got its moments but it’s not as good as Fawlty Towers’. ”

Cheryl’s h-armed

I HOPE ITV forked out plenty on health insurance for its Dancing On Ice contestants.

CHERYL BAKER has revealed she hurt her right arm so badly during training that she can barely bend it and now needs an MRI scan.

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Cheryl Baker hurt her arm so badly during Dancing On Ice that she needs an MRI scan[/caption]

The BUCKS FIZZ singer was eliminated from the show earlier this month and said it was the accident that scuppered her chances.

She said: “It knocked my confidence completely and I was terrified of falling again because it really hurt. It sent a signal up my spine and gave me an instant headache.

“I’m still seeing the physio. She’s told me to have an MRI because there may be something inside damaged.

“I still can’t roll on to my right side in bed. When I put a coat on, I can’t bend my arm.

The Bucks Fizz singer becomes the fourth celebrity eliminated off Dancing On Ice after tense skate-off with Donna Air
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“I didn’t realise how dangerous ice skating can be.”

I’d thought celebs would be safe when The Jump ended.

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HOT on the heels of Mike Bartlett’s Trauma, ITV has signed another gritty drama from the makers of the show. The Bay, by Tall Story Pictures, follows the toils of Det Sgt Lisa ­Armstrong and her battle for justice, which often comes at a personal cost.

Change of gear

IT may be 18 months since the end of CHRIS EVANS’ doomed stint as Top Gear host but the show has continued to stall.

The BBC2 motoring series struggled in the ratings with MATT LeBLANC, CHRIS HARRIS and RORY REID at the helm last year – and changes have had to be made ahead of the trio’s return this month.

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Matt Le Blanc revealed that Top Gear will be exploring topics other than just motors in a bid to boost ratings[/caption]

Matt said that in a bid to drive up ratings the new series would not just be about motoring.

He said: “It will always be a car show but we’re trying to broaden the demographic to appeal to a wider audience.

“This year the films are bigger and have way more comedy. We’ve been thinking outside the box more.

“People tend to gravitate towards the films. They are what’s great about Top Gear.

Matt LeBlanc previously hosted Top Gear with doomed Chris Evans where ratings fell hard

“You don’t run into a lot of people who say, ‘I loved that bit you did in the studio last week’. ”
I would imagine most people just repeat Friends quotes back to him rather than mention Top Gear.

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CLEO vows to put up a fight for Joel in HOLLYOAKS and is over the moon when he texts her to meet up.

Later, she goes back to see Sienna and warns that she is going to fight to get Joel back.

Meanwhile, Maxine is insulted when Adam gives her a Valentine’s Day card.

And Marnie and Ellie are worried by Alfie’s behaviour. He calms them down for now but is in the process of making a Jade-inspired robot.

In EMMERDALE, Robert helps Aaron to prepare the Valentine’s Day meal he’s cooking for Alex, but it brings them closer together again and they share a moment.

Liv asks Jacob to meet her and Gabby at the pavilion. He doesn’t realise she’s asking on Gabby’s behalf and is chuffed to think Liv likes him.

Freddie for bed

HE’S seen his share of romantic disasters, so when a dinner goes well on C4’s First Dates, maître’d FRED SIRIEIX thinks the amorous couples should go all the way.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s Valentine’s Special, Fred, explained: “SHAKESPEARE said that delays have dangerous ends – do not waste time, as tomorrow we might be dead.

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Fred Sirieix says he thinks it’s fine for couples to have sex on the first date[/caption]

“I lead my life every day like it’s the last. That’s why we shouldn’t wait if we want to do something. Don’t leave it too late.

“If it feels right then I think it’s fine for a couple to have sex on the first date.”

I’m not sure that’s quite what Shakespeare had in mind.

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Finding her voice

IT’S been four years since she last had a spin on The Voice’s big red chairs.

But KYLIE MINOGUE is finally making a comeback to the hit ITV show ahead of next month’s Knockouts stage.

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Kylie Minogue will be making a return to The Voice but as a mentor to assist Sir Tom Jones in coaching for the Knockouts stage[/caption]


As I revealed two weeks ago, the singer has signed up to appear as a mentor alongside SIR TOM JONES.

Confirming my story, Kylie said: “It’s great to be back among the Voice family. I love working with Sir Tom and have been blown away by the talent in his team.”


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Jump-start a New Career With These 9 Best Remote Jobs for 2018

It’s no secret that professionals today desire more control of their time and work schedules, preferring flexibility and work-life balance. And many are looking for remote jobs that offer that flexibility. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that 53% of employees say a role that offers better work-life balance is “very important” to them when considering whether to take a new job. Fifty-one percent also indicated they would give up their job for one that offered them flextime, and 37% would do the same for a job in which they could work where they want if only during part of the full workday.

Brie Weiler Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs says remote jobs are appealing in a number of ways. “It can reduce stress levels, improve satisfaction with work, free up time to spend with family, open up new job possibilities that don’t exist in the immediate geographic area, and so much more. Remote work can turn a career change into a life change,” says Weiler Reynolds.

For those who want to make a total career switch and say goodbye to the office or cubicle life, getting your feet wet first at the entry level and gaining a reputation with a company while you’re already employed might be a good idea as well.

Nine of the Best Remote Jobs in 2018, Courtesy of Remote.co:

 

Translator

Companies often need translators fluent in a variety of languages to provide expertise in academics, including teaching and administrative. Many opportunities exist for English translation and teaching in Asian and Indian countries, where clients will pay by the hour.

 

Application Consultant

This job requires applicants to provide consultations in support of management systems for professional and trade associations. It’s ideal to have experience with SQL scripting and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).

 

Junior Financial Planner

If you have certifications or just a mojo with assisting people with financial management and resources, this job is for you. Ideally, you could work remote for universities to help prospective students with the completion of financial aid applications, advise clients on their next money move, or assist organizations with their budgeting. Some roles, like the one for universities, require just a high school diploma.

 

Virtual Office Assistant

In this role, you’d assist executives and managers with administrative tasks from the comfort of your own home office, and you may be required to fulfill other duties including managing calendars and special events, answering phone calls.

 

Fitness Writer

Fitness, health, and wellness buffs are perfect for this since you can squeeze in some writing between your training or workout sessions. Knowledge of personal fitness trends, experience in physical therapy or healthcare or nutrition is a plus.

PR and Community Relations Associate

If you’ve already got some communications experience and are great at pitching, answering journalist questions, and working on campaigns, this gig is a winner. Companies often look for great communications and storytelling skills and experience with media correspondence is a bonus.

Customer Engagement Operations Support Representative

You’d be working in tech in a remote job that centers on assisting customers with troubleshooting problems. Typically, a high school diploma or equivalent and customer service experience is valued.

Recruitment Associate

If you have experience in human resources or talent management, this is an awesome opportunity to branch out on your own. You’d spot and attract talent to fill positions for various organizations and businesses.

Quality Assurance Associate

If you love being online and know what it takes for a great user experience, this job might be for you. You’d assist in improving websites by making them easier to use and amending specs and documenting processes.

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Work Zen of The Week: Why Follow Your Passion is Overrated Career Advice

While “follow your passion” is a popular career catchphrase, take note. If you’re looking to advance at your job or make money in your business—people don’t pay for your passion they pay you to solve their problems. Another thing to understand is your passion doesn’t always feel good. There will be days when you’ll feel frustrated, tired, and overwhelmed simply because every career comes with its own series of headaches. So, how bad do you want it? If you want to excel in pursuing your passion, you’ll need to understand a few things:

Define your passion 

What’s the industry that your passion falls under? What’s the lifestyle, expectations, and work standards? Find a few people who work in the industry and ask them about a typical day, challenges, and outlook for the field. What strengths are required? How do you want to feel every day? Who are the ideal people that you’d like to surround yourself with? Answering these questions can help you develop realistic expectations for your career journey? If your passion is not tied to a specific role within a career, focus on surrounding yourself with like-minded people who are fearlessly creating their own opportunities or trying out new things.

Focus on a problem or underserved need

To convince people that they should hire you for your “passion,” you’ll have to sell your passion in such a way that people think you’re the perfect person to delight them, alleviate stress, or save them time and money.

Focus on being of service and putting people at the core of what you do

Sure, it’s your career, but it’s really not about you. Someone once said the fastest way to achieve success is to first help others succeed. These are true words to live by as success is often measured by how you’ve contributed to other people’s lives—whether it’s business or personal.

Commit to a daily process and master it

Nowadays social media makes success look way too easy. But if you’ve followed Black Enterprise for some time, you’d know that behind every successful professional is one incredible story of determination and grit. So keep your eyes more on the process instead of the results.

 

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Elle Clancy, 18, sets career in motion with racy bike shoot as big sis Abbey welcomes new tot

ABBEY Clancy’s younger sister strikes a racy pose on a motorbike — as she sets the wheels in motion on her own modelling career.

Eighteen-year-old Elle draped herself across the vintage machine while dressed in lacy lingerie plus a fur coat and shiny over-the-knee boots.

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Big sister Abbey took Elle to the 2016 Brit Awards
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Big sister Abbey took Elle to the 2016 Brit Awards[/caption]


Abbey showed off her baby bump on Instagram
Abbey showed off her baby bump on Instagram
She recently gave birth to Johnny, her third child with hubby Peter Crouch
She recently gave birth to Johnny, her third child with hubby Peter Crouch

Abbey, 32, has been a big supporter of her sis following in her catwalk footsteps — boosting her profile at major events like last year’s Brit Awards, right.

Elle is the latest talent in the Clancy clan, joining brothers Sean, a professional footballer, and John, lead singer with the indie band Judas.

Abbey recently gave birth to Johnny, her third child with hubby Peter Crouch.

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2018 is Here! Do You Have a Plan for Your Career?

You’ve heard the expression that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Your career is not exempt from this message. This is why it should be no surprise that individuals who are intentional about setting their career goals and creating a plan of action to accomplish them tend to be more successful than those who don’t plan at all. Simply put, when you fail to make your career a priority, you limit your own opportunities for progression and advancement. To have the career of your choice, you must invest your time and effort. Career success requires careful planning, sacrifice, dedication and, most importantly, hard work.

So whether you’re just starting out in your career, at the midpoint of your career, or gearing up for the last few years before retirement, you need a plan.

Here are five proven tips to assist you with creating your 2018 Career Plan:

 

  1. First, take inventory of the knowledge, skills, and abilities you currently possess and identify what more you need to acquire in order to accomplish your career pursuits.
  2. Second, write down every career goal that you would like to accomplish in 2018, no matter how big or small.
  3. Define approximately how much time it will take for you to accomplish each career goal and take into consideration factors such as qualifications, requirements, etc., that you must meet in order to be successful.
  4. Next, organize your goals according to a timetable you wish to accomplish them. Be realistic with yourself based on the time and effort that you can commit.
  5. Finally, execute, execute, and execute. Work smart, consistently, and with the willingness to make appropriate sacrifices to accomplish the career plan you created for yourself. And when things don’t go the way you planned, assess the situation quickly and develop an alternative plan of action to execute.

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Dr. Jackie’s Advice for Managing a Demanding Career and Stressful Family Life 

Fans of Bravo’s hit TV show Married to Medicine know Dr. Jackie (Dr. Jacqueline Walters) as the soft-spoken yet ambitious OB/GYN who keeps the peace amongst a cast of seven women who aren’t afraid to say exactly what’s on their mind. You’d also be surprised to know that she declined the offer to become a cast member not once but twice, and even tried to back out of a signed contract after her first drama-filled taping. And for five seasons, Dr. Jackie, a medical practice managing partner, two-time breast cancer survivor, and founder of The 50 Shades of Pink Foundation, has avoided the typical catfights that come with reality TV—until recently when she was caught off guard by her husband’s highly publicized affair.

Here is an ugly truth in life, when it comes to maintaining a successful career—at some point on our journey we’ll face a battle at home that most people won’t know about. So we caught up with Dr. Jackie for some advice on how to manage a demanding career while trying to maintain healthy family relationships.

 

When you initially considered appearing on the show, what were your expectations?

I’m thinking I’m going on a reality TV show where I’m going to be a mentor for women who were doctors to help them understand how to navigate the lifestyle of medicine, right? Wrong. 

 

What are two things that you want women to take away from your role on the show?

I want everybody in the world to know, especially women, everybody is balancing something. There can be struggles in your marriage, hard times at work, girlfriends, breast cancer, infertility, you know, mental disorders in the African American community is another thing we hide. So before we respond, learn how to process. Being a doctor who sees all women, I notice women react and many times they react off of misinformation. We assume that this is what the person meant and this is how they said it. A lot of times they could be fighting about a text message. I always add up the cost. For instance, if I say this or do this, what is it going to cost me or what will I gain? There is a difference between responding and reacting.

Secondly, you can take all your pain and create a purpose, and take all that misery and create a ministry and let your struggles give you strength.

 

 

While dealing with stress, how do you walk into your office every day with a smile and successfully perform at work?

When I close that door from my car and walk into the building it really isn’t about me. I made a commitment and I took a vow that I would do no harm and I would take care of women even if it meant sacrificing sometimes my own good pay. Even on the day when my nurse used an iPad to show me that my husband was having  an affair I took a breath and I promise you, I wanted to fall on the floor and cry and roll. But I’m like, okay, I’ve got my next patient at 2:00 and it’s 1:57 p.m. I paused and said well, we’ve got to see patients, and oddly enough, three women that afternoon came in because their husbands were having affairs and I had to help them process it; God probably sent them to help me heal myself. I asked my husband to give me time and space to figure out what was best for me. I live by the fact that I can either have the courage to forgive or the freedom to not.

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Drake’s Next Career Move May Be in Sports Reporting

Last month, Aubrey “Drake” Graham shocked the world when he announced that he is planning to take a break from music in order to take over Hollywood. During a featured interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed that he is partnering with Apple Inc., Netflix, and major film studios to star in and produce his own video content. Now, it appears the 31-year-old rap star is exploring another career lane outside of music: sports reporting.

After watching the Raptors defeat the Charlotte Hornets game in Toronto last Wednesday, the Canadian artist stepped onto the court to interview players from his favorite NBA team. However, while speaking with Kyle Lowry, the musician made the rookie mistake of holding the mic toward himself while Lowry was answering a question. “So Kyle, you had 36, five, and six tonight. I just want to know, what prompts a performance like that? Season-high?” asked the “Hotline Bling” rapper. “I watch a lot of Instagram. And I seen you singing last night, so, that kind of helped me out a little bit. I didn’t know you could sing still,” teased Lowry in response. “Ah, thank you. Very nice of you,” Drake snarked.

The actor-turned-rapper also provided commentary during the game, poking fun at Jeremy Lamb’s leg tattoo.

“I feel like Jeremy Lamb has the answers to the third quarter woes tattooed on his right leg. It’s cryptic. It’s cryptic,” Drake said. “It’s drawing me in, boys. I don’t know. Something about it. What is that? What do you ask for when you get that? Give me the Da Vinci Code.”

Watch a few fun moments from the Raptors-Hornets game below.


The Raptors have struggled in third quarters so far this season. Devlin asked Drake what the answer was to their struggles. Apparently, according to Drake, the answer is mapped out on Jeremy Lamb’s leg tattoo.

“I feel like Jeremy Lamb has the answers to the third quarter woes tattooed on his right leg. It’s cryptic. It’s cryptic,” Drake said. “It’s drawing me in, boys. I don’t know. Something about it. What is that? What do you ask for when you get that? Give me the Da Vinci Code.”

 

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Remembering Dick Enberg’s One-In-A-Million Sports Broadcasting Career, Life

Dick Enberg died at the age of 82 on Thursday. The announcer will be remembered not only for his legendary sports broadcasting career, but his genuine enthusiasm, versatility and expertise across multiple sports.

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[WATCH] Game-Changing Career Advice From Most Powerful Exec Ann-Marie Campbell

She’s one of Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, and she’s sharing the career advice that got her there.

Ann-Marie Campbell, the executive vice president of U.S. stores for The Home Depot, leads the three U.S. operating divisions of the world’s largest home improvement retailer, including around 400,000 associates and 2,000 stores.

Campbell knows firsthand that the corporate climb is not an easy one, so she’s doing what she can to pay it forward. “We have to stretch our hand out and help someone,” she says, “pull someone up.”

Sharing the wisdom she’s learned over her more than 30 years at The Home Depot, Campbell encourages the next generation to be confident:

“Believe that you can. The dream is real. It can happen,” she says. “It will happen if you keep yourself focused on performing. The ticket to the game is performing.”

For more of Campbell’s career advice, watch for her five game-changing strategies for young professionals:

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Jessica Chastain Worried Speaking Out Would Destroy Her Career

Jessica Chastain says in a new interview that she was shocked by her Golden Globes nomination yesterday – due in large part to how outspoken she has been about Hollywood's many allegations of sexual misconduct.

"To be honest, I'm mainly surprised about my nomination,"

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Jessica Chastain Worried Speaking Out Would Destroy Her Career

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John Cho on Race, Representation, and the Most ‘Meaningful’ Role of His Career

Columbus is one of the year’s very best films—and, in all likelihood, one you haven’t yet seen. Premiering in August to critical acclaim (and earning just over $ 1 million at the limited-release box-office), writer/director Kogonada’s indie debut is a work of meticulous formal beauty and subtle emotional power, so assured and graceful that it immediately marks its creator as a legitimate auteur in the making. It’s a small, heartfelt, aesthetically remarkable gem that announces itself with little fanfare but strikes a lasting chord, digging deeply into a thicket of personal issues that are at once timely and universal. Now available on VOD, Kogonada’s drama is primed for discovery, especially as it gets set to appear on various critics’ top 10 lists.

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This daily mental exercise prevented supermodel Ashley Graham from giving up on her career

The two-minute routine helped her turn her career around.
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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool focuses too much on the end of Gloria Grahame’s career despite the thoughtful acting

THE title of this real-life drama is apt.

It refers to 1950s Hollywood seductress Gloria Grahame, who wanted to spend her final days in Liverpool with her ex-lover Peter Turner but was told the US would be more appropriate.

Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool has great acting but a so-so script
Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool has great acting but a so-so script
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For me it also applies to the actors that bring a so-so script to life.

A definite revelation is Brit Jamie Bell as Grahame’s toyboy lover from Liverpool.

He displays a sensitive, thoughtful performance, with the always excellent Annette Bening as the ageing actress. But too much of this story focuses on the end of her career.

The film is thoughtful but the story focused too much on the end of Gloria Grahame's career
The film is thoughtful but the story focused too much on the end of Gloria Grahame’s career
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In her 40-year-plus career, Iman has moved from elegant industry…

In her 40-year-plus career, Iman has moved from elegant industry ingenue to internationally renowned muse, and game-changing beauty entrepreneur, and Vogue has been there along every step of the way. Here, Iman reflects on her life in Vogue and the legacy of her late husband, David Bowie.

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How to Jump-Start Your Career When You’re Over 50

Your company has recently decided to reduce headcount and lay off people. Unfortunately, you are one of the employees whose name was selected, and this will be the first time in several years, maybe even decades, that you’ve been back on the job market. You’re over 50 years old and haven’t had to interview in years. Now what?

 

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This trend is happening more often than not. The best way to be prepared is to stay ready! What have you done throughout the years to stay on top of trends and technology in your industry? Have you joined any professional organizations and expanded your network? Have you had your resume professionally reviewed and updated? When was the last time you assessed your wardrobe and updated your image, including your haircut, hairstyle, makeup, and accessories? Have you considered part-time work, consulting, volunteering, or starting your own business? All of these simple actions can make re-entering the job market over the age of 50 feel less intimidating and challenging.

 

The Advantage of Over-50 Applicants

 

Are companies constantly looking to hire younger and cheaper employees? Yes, and as more and more millennials, and now “Gen Zers,” emerge on the workforce, this will continue to be a preferred pool of applicants for organizations to select from. Depending on the industry, millennials may very well be the top choice for potential new hires. But there is still a sweet spot for applicants over the age of 50. Millennials tend to change jobs quickly in their careers. On average, they may stay with a company for 18-36 months and then move on for new experiences, challenges, or promotions. Employee turnover can cost companies significant money every year, both in hard and soft dollars (e.g., lost productivity and employee burnout).

During the interview process, it is important for experienced applicants to express their desire to find a home, stay with a company, and grow their career internally. Employer loyalty is still relevant, although less practiced now than in days of the past. This is where the over-50-year-old candidate has the advantage. Your years of experience and time spent with three or fewer employers throughout your career are truly beneficial; you just have to know how to sell it. The right future employer will appreciate your experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and know you’re an asset to the company.

 

 

 

 

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How a Victim of Domestic Violence Rebuilt Her Career After Leaving Her Abuser

Domestic violence survivor Maleeka Holloway

Domestic violence is a hidden yet harsh reality for many women who show up at work every day. In fact, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner.

To honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we asked survivor and entrepreneur Maleeka Hollaway for tips on rebuilding your career after leaving your abuser.

 

Maleeka Hollaway (Photo credit: Kim Honora)

 

“We got married in 2010 and were divorced by 2014. During that time, I was a manager at a fast-food place, we had a huge fight and I had to purchase makeup to cover up scratches and small bruises. My employees could see right through my makeup. On another occasion, my earlobe was split during yet another argument and I had to go to the emergency room, which caused me to call in late again to work,” says Hollaway, CEO of OMG, a creative firm specializing in coaching, branding, and communications.

Don’t be so quick to start over.

Allow yourself time to process what you’ve been through so that you can properly heal. Starting over requires a renewed, refreshed, and reset spirit. Getting to that place takes time.

Use your story to your advantage.

Telling your story can open new doors for you personally and professionally. I shared my story in my co-authored book, 20 Beautiful Woman-Volume 2People told me how it helped them and would also ask me for advice. This led me to obtain certifications in life coaching and business success coaching and launch OMG. People think that an abused person is weak-minded. That’s not always the case. I would have never launched my business had I let my story stay inside of me.

Create who you want to be.

Don’t allow others to put a label on you. Your story is not who you are, it’s what you lived through. If you want others to respect you as a good decision maker, make better decisions. You create the person you want to be known as in spite of your past.

Consider your lessons learned.

When re-building your career, consider the first part of the word, “re.” This means that you’ve built your career once, so you can do it again. The goodness in this rebuild is that you know so much more than you did before. If you’re in management, you probably learned that life situations happen and should be considered before making reprimands on that employee who always seems to “have a hard time.” Be the person you know you needed back then.

For help with a possible domestic violence situation, call 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).

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From Postal Worker to Interior Designer: Baltimore Native Re-Designs Her Career Path

While some attend colleges and universities to study interior design, there are those like Baltimore native Ajia Monet who is a natural talent. Her creativity, style, and ability to master spatial arrangements to transform spaces afford her an advantage in such a growing and competitive industry.

It’s no surprise that her design work has captured the attention of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Potomac star, Robyn Dixon, not to mention 55,000 Instagram followers.

(Ajia Monet, founder of A’Blige Interior Design. Image: Ricky Codio)

 

However, prior to Monet starting A’Blige Interior Designs she felt, as do many people, that she was not fulfilling her passion. She was simply working a job to make ends meet. Nonetheless, she believed in herself and stepped out on faith to pursue her passion for interior design. Black Enterprise caught up with Monet to learn how she redesigned her own career path.

When did you start A’Blige Interior Designs?

I started my business in March 2015, after working for the U.S. Postal Service for five years.

What motivated you to change your career path and follow your passion?

My friends always admired my home and how I designed it. My father is an entrepreneur in the restaurant industry. Working for him, I saw the dedication he gave to his business and I adopted his work ethic. He inspired me and I knew that I could also create something great too. Working for someone else was no longer an option.

(L-R: Denise Cooper, Ajia Monet) Image: A’Blige Interior Design)

 

Was being an interior designer always a part of your career plan?

No, I actually wanted to become an architect. However, I quickly realized math was not my strong suit.

When did you realize interior design was your passion?

It’s funny; I thought I loved real estate. But I realized I could care less if a house sold.  What excited me most was walking into a listing and seeing how creative the homeowner or prior owners decorated it and made it appealing to prospective buyers. It was all about the interior design for me!

What was your first design project and its overall budget?

It was a one-bedroom apartment.  The budget was $ 350.

What has been the most expensive project you have overseen thus far?

Well, for me it’s not about the amount of the budget, it’s what’s the most challenging. I’m designing Robyn Dixon’s home from The Real Housewives of Potomac. This will be the first time that a home I designed will be seen on national TV. It’s exciting! I feel like this is my debut to the world. I have to hit it out of the park.

How large is your design team?

People think I have this huge team, but I don’t. I have a remarkable project manager, Denise Cooper, who holds it all together.

Where do you get your inspiration when creating a new design for a client’s space?

Hotels, hotels, and hotels! The attention to detail is so important in the hotel industry.  Boutique hotels inspire me the most. I can literally look at a lamp in the lobby and within five seconds I have envisioned an entire design concept.

(A “Before” and “After” dining room done by A’Blige Interior Designs. Image:  A’Blige Interior Designs)

 

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How do you want your clients to feel after you have provided your service?

I want them to feel like they just made the best investment of their lives. The best compliment is when our clients say, “I don’t want to leave my house.”

What advice would you give to others who are interested in a career in interior design?

I get asked this often. The direct answer, sink or swim. If you want it, go for it. It’s going to be hard work and long hours. You’re going to take some losses. But if it’s truly what you love, nothing will stop you. It’s that simple.

What’s next for A ‘Blige Interior Designs?

My project manager Denise Cooper and I are working in collaboration on our very own décor line that is currently in production. She and I will also be launching new e-design services which will be available on our website.

 

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Major Career Keys from an MTV Vet on Her 10-Year Anniversary

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TEN YEARS! Ten years with the same company. Ten years on the same team. Ten years in Times Square. Ten years of unparalleled experiences. Ten years of growth. Not many people in my generation—’80s babies stand up—can say that they have had a career with the same organization for 10 years. The average length of time that my varying peer groups have been with a company is about three to four years.

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Whenever I share with my friends that I’ve been at Viacom Media Networks (VMN) for 10 years, the response I usually get is “Wow! What made you stay?” When I think of the best way to articulate the answer to this, an acronym unveiled itself to explain what TEN means to me.

My tenure at VMN can be summarized in three main buckets – Team, Exposure, Networking.

 

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T – TEAM

 

I’ve been working with the same core group throughout my entire tenure at VMN. My team has been very supportive in all of my endeavors inside and outside of work. We are a small team that is often pulled in many directions but we collaborate, strategize, and prioritize with each other to get the task completed. There have been plenty of times when I’ve knocked on my boss’ door to discuss my interests in new opportunities, the direction of the department, and how I was performing as a team member. It’s critical in your career that you consistently get feedback; even if your company doesn’t encourage it or provide the platform to receive feedback formally. It’s OK to tactfully and respectfully be the point of change in an organization’s culture.

 

E – EXPOSURE

 

A recurring theme you’ll hear from successful professionals is reinventing and marketing yourself. I learned that early on in my career from my mentors and peers. When you have the opportunity to work on various projects, and in different departments, and offices, it is your responsibility to learn and capitalize on that opportunity. From NY to Singapore, from MTV to BET Networks, and everything in between, I’ve had the distinct opportunity to work across brands, departments, offices, and continents. The exposure, especially internationally, has been a vital point in my career. The wealth of knowledge obtained from working on projects that have a direct global impact is incomparable! This exposure, helps to start building your reputation within your department/company. People will recall your experiences and interaction with them, which can lead to new projects. These opportunities should be reflected on your résumé and LinkedIn profile. Your job title is only the header of the experiences that you have.

 

N – NETWORKING

 

Whether you are inside or outside of the office, at a social event or the hair salon— network, network, network! I have encountered countless opportunities just by positioning myself to be in a mode of networking. Be prepared to articulate what you do and what it is you want to do in a 60-second elevator pitch. When people know what you do and what you are passionate about, they will call you as opportunities arise. You will become their local resource and expert. I remember pitching an international project to my boss a few years ago. The pitch was great, but the timing wasn’t ideal. However, a few months later, another international project came up and my boss told me she wanted me to support the project. Thus my pitch was met with an opportunity, specially curated just for me, and I got to combine my love for travel with my desire to learn more about our international operations. These networking strategies have led to speaking engagements, partnerships, and even a nonprofit board appointment. What a bonus!

Whether you decide to be at your workplace for two, five, 10, or 15 years, it’s important to reflect, regularly. Reflect on where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you are headed. Do these aforementioned reflections directly correlate with the goals you are trying to accomplish? If the road isn’t leading to where you want to go, don’t be afraid to pivot. Do not fear changing course and adjusting whenever it is needed. Keep learning, growing, and knowing your worth!

 


 

The above-named content is the personal opinions of the author. Ezinne Kwubiri owns all copyrights & distribution of the content. Viacom & its affiliates have not endorsed this content.

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Former NBA Publicist Starts Podcast for Women Looking to Make Career Transitions

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“Have you noticed that we are no longer living in a world where ambitious people settle for a life of meeting expectations imposed by society,” asked Ahyiana Angel, host of the Switch Pivot or Quit podcast? “The attitude of generations past is gone, if we want it, we go out and get it.”

Black Enterprise linked up with Angel to talk about her career transition, her new book, why she thinks it’s so important to take the leap of faith, and how, through her podcast, she is documenting other women who are doing the same.

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Why did you leave your first profession as an entertainment publicist?

I quit my life as a sports entertainment publicist with one of the premier sports leagues, the NBA, and ultimately became the host of the Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast because I was fed up with not feeling fulfilled; like I wasn’t living my purpose. The Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast is the No. 1 podcast for women’s empowerment in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At the NBA I had a front row seat to all things spectacular in entertainment; I managed everything from red carpets at the NBA All-Star Games to exclusive shoots with Jimmy Kimmel Live during the playoffs. But somewhere in between, I started to wonder, “What’s next?”

 

What happened after you quit?

After eventually quitting, I was determined to get my first manuscript published. With no prior publishing experience, I bet on myself and won. Within four months I had a deal in hand with Simon & Schuster to publish my debut novel. After making a split decision, I drug all of my belongings down to the stoop of my third-floor walk-up building in Harlem and set them outside for what I called a stoop sale. Liquidating all of my mediocre assets helped to supplement the money that I needed to buy a one-way ticket to London. Exactly 11 months later my first novel was released nationwide and I’d had the experience of a lifetime living in hostels, rooming with complete strangers in shady council housing flats, getting lost among the canals of Venice, and trying to avoid capture by the Royal Palace guards in Morocco. That was the start of my journey to a drastically different life, my own Switch, Pivot or Quit!

Leaving my old life behind opened up a world of opportunity and I wanted to let other women know that they could do it too! They could get real with themselves about what they truly wanted, work hard, and achieve it.

I created the Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast after realizing a need for sharing the stories and having the conversations that will help women who need that “lifestyle plot twist” to feel encouraged knowing that they’re not alone. I envisioned a space that could encompass everything that I would have wanted to know or needed to know when deciding what was next for my life: Switch, Pivot or Quit!

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Where did you find the courage to up and leave all that you had going on? 

It was a combination of two things: having started the process of learning and understanding myself as well as consulting with my parents. I had already been doing plenty of personal development work to determine what I truly wanted out of life and what would make me feel fulfilled. It was a process of digging deep, answering questions I’d never answered before, identifying my values, and getting real with myself; accountable.

After I’d identified what I wanted my next steps in my life/career to be, I went to my parents and ran it by them, they were overwhelmingly supportive. They had a tremendous amount of confidence in me, and when I think back it is probably because I had just as much confidence in myself. Once I knew that they were not in opposition to me changing careers and making a risky move, it just lifted a weight and gave me the extra boost that I needed to move relatively fearless.

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Preseason Love (Image: Ahyiana Angel)

 

What is the name of your novel and what is it about? 

My debut novel is titled, Preseason Love. It is about an emotionally conflicted sports publicist who does not know how to receive her boyfriend being good to her because she has been jaded by her past so she embarks on a secret affair with a professional athlete.

 

When does your podcast air and where can people check it out? 

The Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast publishes new episodes weekly with the fan favorite series, “7 Minute Sunday” quickly becoming a standout as it aims to provide inspiration and encouragement for the dreaded Sunday Blues. People can listen to the SPQ podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud.

 

Check out our episode here as I speak about the time that I took the Switch, Pivot or Quit leap.

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Career Advice from the Red Carpet at Black Girls Rock [Video]

Black Girls Rock! is a celebration that offers inspiration and hope to the next generation that they will close the wage gap and flourish against all opposition. Presented by BET and hosted by Taraji P. Hensonl Maxine Waters, Issa Rae, Black Enterprise BE 100s CEO Suzanne Shank, and more were honored for the work they do in their careers and in the community at the 2017 show.

 

 

We spoke with Antonique Smith, Mack Wilds, Bevy Smith, and more on their career advice to young black girls on the red carpet at Black Girls Rock 2017.

Grammy-nominated singer and actress Antonique Smith, whom we profiled when she hosted a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch her music career, shared her thoughts on what young women need to know to be successful in their careers. She said, “Know how incredible you are…Continue to focus on loving yourself and strengthening your inner-being so that nobody can say anything to you that makes you feel less than who you are.”

“You’re a queen. You are standing on the shoulders of other queens that have led the way for you. Anything you want to do is at your fingertips,” said Wilds. He also credited his early training in religion, education, and more to his growth.

Bevy Smith, who started out as a marketing executive before becoming one of fashion’s most celebrated TV hosts, gave a career gem to young women interested in a career in television. Smith said, “You have to find your passion. You have to find what you’re really good at because everything is not for everybody. There’s myriad ways to be on TV, so you have to find the one that works for you.”

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Career Protection 101: Lessons From the Trump Trainwreck

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By now, it’s become abundantly clear this train wreck of a presidency is tumbling down. No doubt, we’ve only seen the surface of the disturbing behavior that led to this unmitigated disaster occurring in the White House in the first place. And as the Trump Train goes corralling off the track, trust and believe, it’ll take others out in the process.

But there are career lessons to be learned from this debacle that apply far beyond the boundaries of politics. In fact, it’s a critical lesson that you must know in order to protect yourself today and your career for years to come. If you ever find yourself in a workplace that’s not only toxic but, in fact, may cross the line into unethical or criminal behavior, keep these three tips in mind in order to escape unscathed.

Keep Receipts

 

Although at times a flurry of e-mails, memos, and other forms of written communication may seem overwhelming, in professionally precarious situations, they are your friend. So remember, document, document, document, particularly if you’re being asked to do something you know just doesn’t add up.

In those situations, follow up any disturbing conversations immediately with dated notes or memos as a part of your personal record keeping. Also, consider reaching out directly to the person at the center of your concerns. Send an e-mail summarizing the issue that raised red flags for you and inquire about whether or not you misinterpreted the exchange.

Once you’ve created your paper trail, don’t forget to save it beyond your work computer. Back up any written communication you’ve developed either on an external device that you keep away from the office or in your personal cloud drive. Consider too, sending copies to a few trusted friends just to hold on to in case it’s ever needed.

Remember, if you find yourself unceremoniously fired, you will lose access to your hard drive immediately and all information contained therein. Therefore, you must make sure you not only create receipts absolving you from shady activity but that you also keep those receipts safe and sound.

Just Say No

 

Never forget, there’s a stark difference between a job and a career. And no job—up to and including a stint in the White House—is worth destroying your professional reputation. If you find yourself in a situation where you’re being asked to do something you believe to be unethical or potentially illegal, it’s in those moments that you must resist the pressure to acquiesce and just go along to get along.

Even if saying no means putting your job in jeopardy, know that you’re playing the long game. It’s much easier to find another job than to repair a tattered reputation, or even worse, face a jail sentence.

Get Out

 

As soon as it becomes obvious that your workplace is involved in unscrupulous activity, that’s the time to start seeking other opportunities. I don’t care if you’ve been there for two weeks or two years, starting the process of searching for your next must now become your immediate priority. There is nothing to be gained by putting this off and absolutely everything to lose by staying too long.

Remember, to maximize the possibilities for your career, you need to hitch your wagon to a star, not the Titanic.


Dr. Avis is a Career Reinvention Strategist, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Solutionist, and Author of the Award-Winning Book, How Exceptional Black Women Lead. To get career tips delivered straight to your inbox, log on to avisjonesdeweever.com

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5 Tips From Public Relations Pros That Will Elevate Your Career

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Public relations is about putting the best foot and the best face of a brand forward, but it’s also about quickly doing damage control when things don’t go as planned.

The fast-paced track at which PR professionals are required to act matched with the impact and influence that they must have on others about what their brand stands for is a skill set that can easily transfer into any other industry and to any professional, from the corporate to the self-employed.

Whether you are looking to improve upon your personal or professional brand, struggling with how to have your voice heard, or aiming to fix a crisis, here are a few key PR skills Black Enterprise learned at (and after) the Museum of Public Relations Celebrating Black PR Pioneers event, held on May 3 at Baruch College in New York City.

These easily transferable tips bestowed by budding and seasoned public relations practitioners teach the importance of building a solid brand, taking chances, and becoming an influencer in your own professional or personal space. Read on to take yourself to the next level.

Find and use your voice, especially if you’re the only minority in the room

 

Trisch Smith, executive vice president at PR firm Edelman, stresses to professionals of any field that you belong, and certainly deserve, to be in the room and to have a seat at the table.

“And not only do you have a voice, but your ideas, insights, and perspectives matter. Whether you’re an intern or a senior executive, don’t allow your voice to be muted,” she said in an email to Black Enterprise.

“Diversity of background, thought, and experience are crucial when helping companies and brands navigate and provide solutions to society’s most complex challenges. Your contributions could be the key to your client’s or company’s success as well as your professional and personal growth.”

Danielle C. Richards, the diversity and inclusion lead at Arthur W. Page Society, also echoed this sentiment.

“It’s important to understand that your voice is so important, and that your opinion and perspective could be the one thing that changes your company’s trajectory,” she said.


 

Know the business side of your company

 

This one is easy for entrepreneurs. But for the corporate ladder climbers, whether in public relations or another industry, it’s important to understand the impact your role might play on the company’s bottom line.

“If you’re going to be considered for more senior roles later on, you’ve got to become a business partner and stop being just a PR practitioner,” says David Albritton, executive director, Global Product Communications at General Motors. “You need to understand how money is made at your organization, whether it’s a corporation or nonprofit.”

 

Don’t let fear consume you

 

“It’s quite normal to be a little uneasy, especially when navigating uncharted waters, but don’t let fear paralyze or stop you from being and doing you,” Smith says.

“Moreover, don’t be afraid to fail. Oftentimes, our greatest successes and lessons come from perceived failures, mistakes, or missteps. You will only regret the time you lost, the chances you missed, or the opportunities you passed up because of fear.”

 

Personal hardships can bring professional ease

 

Ever wonder why some people just seem to handle challenges and crises so calmly, not freaking out under pressure? According to Troy P. Thompson, digital communications associate at Public Relations Society of America, one reason could be having to deal with personal hardships. Those setbacks and adversities can serve as a blessing in disguise in the corporate world, enabling a professional to act instead of react, with a level head.

“When you got through a lot in your life—whether you grow up in a single parent household, or don’t have access to financial resources, or having dealt with a lot of loss—going through all of that allows you to know who you are,” he said.

“And moving forward in a career like PR where it’s very turbulent at times, it allows you to stay calm. You become a more measured person and a more capable person in times of emergency.”

 

Find a mentor

 

This age-old advice never goes out of style—and applies to every sector.

“Most recognize that mentorship is valuable throughout your career. However, it’s natural to look to others who are just like us or have similar backgrounds and interests to serve as a mentor,” Smith says, challenging young and mid-level professionals to step outside of their circle and engage people who can offer a variety of perspectives.

“Also, identifying multiple mentors who can offer guidance and insights on a variety of areas are helpful when figuring out the next step in your career or life. I have mentors who provide career guidance, life tips, financial recommendations, and more,” she added.

Thompson noted that a big part of mentorship is having the courage to reach out in the first place.

“A lot of times you may think ‘Who am I to take up their time,’ but I think it’s something you have to realize we all feel and it’s something we have to go through,” he said.

“If you want that wealth of advice they have, you have to ask them for a cup of coffee or a 15-minute phone call. It’s a scary thing but it’s something that you have to overcome if you want to get to the next level.”

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Career Lessons from Auntie Maxine: Reclaim Your Time Like A Boss

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a.k.a. Auntie Maxine, did not let Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin waste a moment of her time when he tried to stonewall her during the House Financial Services Committee hearing last Thursday. Instead of answering questions about President Donald Trump’s financial ties to Russia, Mnuchin replied to one of her questions by complimenting her. In response, Walters interrupted Mnuchin using the phrase “reclaiming my time” to curtail his effort to dodge the question.

“We don’t want to take my time up with how great I am,” she said. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop Mnuchin from his attempt to derail the conversation. Each time that he tried it, Waters pressed him to give direct answers to her questions, repeating the “reclaiming my time” refrain. At one point, she told him, “You’re on my time and I can reclaim it.”

 

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Video clips of the feisty exchange between Waters and Mnuchin went viral, sparking a host of memes and even a “Reclaiming My Time” Gospel remix. In addition to making “reclaiming my time” a new catchphrase, Walters’ refusal to back down also inspired women and people of color on social media to cut through the bull and stand up for themselves, without letting their voice or authority become minimized.

 

Waters, however, is not the only woman who refused to back down or concede to a stubborn or obnoxious colleague. Here’s a list of moments where a female elected official persisted with prowess and zeal, which serves as an example of how women and minorities must continue to persist in order to be heard and reclaim our power—whether that be in a boardroom, business meeting, or at the negotiation table.

 

 

Rep. Maxine Waters – “Reclaiming My Time”

 

 

U.S.  Sen. Kamala Harris – Told To Show “Courtesy”

 

Earlier this summer, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tried to circumvent questions from U.S Sen. Kamala Harris about the probe into President Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. Nevertheless, Harris continued to demand Rosenstein give direct answers, until she was finally silenced by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, who argued that she was not showing enough “courtesy” during her line of questioning. Nevertheless, women showed their support for Harris by sharing how they too were silenced at work.

 

Harris also had a testy exchange with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly over sanctuary cities, which serves as another example of how black women must be fearless and undeterred.

 

 

Mitch McConnell Cuts Off Elizabeth Warren’s Speech

 

Earlier this year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced when she was giving a floor speech during debate over the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, to be attorney general. Warren decided to read a letter by Martin Luther King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, while pointing out how Sessions used his power to disenfranchise black voters throughout his career. In turn, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, who was presiding over the Senate at the time, ruled that she violated Rule 19 of the standing rules of the Senate. Mitch McConnell then justified Daines’s ruling by condemning Warren for her persistence. However, McConnell’s statement that “she persisted” quickly spiraled into a motto for women who have overcome obstacles in a male-dominated world.

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From ‘American Crime Story’ to Co-Starring With Oprah and Tom Cruise, Actor Courtney B. Vance Reflects on His Career

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Though he’s been acting for more than 30 years, Courtney B. Vance credits his award-winning performance as Johnnie Cochran for the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story with pushing his already successful career to the next level. Now, Vance will be co-starring with Tom Cruise on the big screen in the upcoming summer blockbuster reboot of The Mummy.

In his role as Army Colonel Greenway in The Mummy, Vance is charged and challenged with keeping Cruise’s character, Nick Morton, in line. Shot in various locations, including Oxford, Surrey, and London in the United Kingdom, the film wrapped production in Africa.

 

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On Working With Tom Cruise

 

Vance says working with Cruise and the cast of The Mummy has been one of his greatest experiences on set.

“Tom Cruise is one of the most wonderful, kind, and generous men that I’ve ever met,” he says. “He took care of us on the set in London. Everybody had organic food, coffees, and teas—on the set, we didn’t do the traditional lunch and dinner breaks. During the production, there was continuous shooting, but you’re [also] continuously on a break. So, you can go and get an organic pizza slice or organic juice; healthy and organic food is brought on the set all the time. When we went to Namibia to finish the final month of shooting, [Tom] brought that whole [organic food] team out there for the entire time. When your tummy is full—even while shooting for long hours—you feel good.”

 

On His Role in the HBO Film ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ 

 

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In Oprah Winfrey’s critically acclaimed HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Vance portrays Sir Lord Kennan Kester Cofield, a slick Southern con artist, who perpetrates as a lawyer representing the Lacks family in various legal matters. The film also stars Winfrey, who plays Deborah Lacks, the youngest daughter of Henrietta, and Rose Byrne, who plays Rebecca Skloot, a journalist and author.

Vance says he was grateful that he had the opportunity to be included in this project, and that, after receiving the call from George Wolfe, he made himself available immediately. Wolfe and Vance had previously worked together, when Wolfe directed him in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. A Broadway play, Vance played the role of James “Hap” Hairston alongside Tom Hanks, who played Mike McAlary. In 2013, Vance earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor because of his portrayal of this character.

“When that man calls me, I jump,” Vance says of Wolfe. “I said, ‘George, I’m so jammed right now, but when do you need me? Tell me where I’m going.’ I had a day or two to get my stuff together and go down there.”

The story of Henrietta Lacks had a profound effect on Vance. “The movie is devastating, because—once again—this is another situation where black folks were experimented on,” he says.“We’ve heard about it time and time again, the most famous being that Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, which was well-documented, but there are others that people don’t know about.”

“The whole world was operating under the fallacy that people of color were inferior,” Vance continues. “It’s interesting that they were getting the blood from black folks, and found out that these cells—these strong, amazing, immortal cells—were from a poor black woman with five kids. Why weren’t they doing it for white people? If we were so inferior, why take blood from us?”

Vance recalls a particular scene with Winfrey, as Deborah Lacks, becomes distraught after discovering what they did to her mother. “I was destroyed. That scene, on the screen, devastated me,” Vance says. “The abuse that our people have taken for so many years [is devastating]. And when the credits roll, and [the audience] realizes that still—to this day—the family has not been compensated in any way, it’s a double tragedy.”

 

Life With Wife Angela Bassett

 

A devoted husband and father, Vance and his wife, actress Angela Bassett, are both experiencing a well-deserved upswing in their careers. However, nothing comes before family. The couple’s twins are now 11-years-old. Together, Vance and Bassett work closely together as a team to coordinate their work schedules in a way that ensures someone is always home to care for their children.

They also take care of Vance’s mother, who is battling Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease. “It’s a horrific disease where you have no control over your muscles, the main muscle being your diaphragm,” he says.

“However, we’re blessed to have our mother with us. She can spend her remaining days with us, surrounded by family, and not in a nursing home. We can see her on a daily basis, and the children can see her and see the cycle of life. She has a ventilator that breathes for her, but she’s still got joy. We all have our rhythm with her. Friends come by and spend time, too. So, we’re just grateful.”

 

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How to Make an Impact in Your Industry and Boost Career Success

If you’re looking to stand out in your industry, a focus on making an impact over income can take your career to unimaginable heights. Here are four steps to getting started:

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Identify an Untapped Need or Overlooked Opportunity

 

Is there something missing from a well-known process in your industry? What are the issues in your field that people ignore or refuse to talk about? Have you found a way to challenge or change “tried and true” practices that no longer work in your industry? Can you simplify an over-complicated process?

Put People, Not Products at the Heart of Everything You Do

 

Martin Luther King is a perfect example of someone who painted a clear vision and gathered people together for a common cause. Even today, MLK’s I Have a Dream speech empowers people to take action.

To get started, rally people around your vision and make sure it’s easy for them to communicate at least three key messages: Who are the people that can benefit the most from this change? What are the benefits of supporting this movement? What transformative results can they expect? Which habits do they need to break to achieve success?

Amplify Your Voice Across a Variety of Channels

 

Use blogs, videos, news articles, podcast interviews, or live events to amplify your voice. Be bold and unapologetic when you talk about why the status quo should be challenged. What evidence can you share to change the conversation about an untapped need in your area? What’s holding people back from success? How can you best demonstrate a new way of thinking or approach? What tools can people use to succeed?

Don’t Complain, Create

 

Mahatma Gandhi said it best: Be the change that you’d like to see. Provide a clear direction or steps for people to follow: How can you cultivate a collaborative environment, event, or platform for people to learn, connect, and exchange information? How can you create an opportunity for them to pay it forward in ways that spread your brand’s key messages?

 

 

 

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Amanda Seales on her Candid Conversation with Caitlyn Jenner and Career Success

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By now, many of us have reveled in watching Caitlyn Jenner getting schooled on her privilege by Amanda Seales, a comedian, actress, and a star on HBO’s Insecure. Both Seales and Jenner were attending Katy Perry’s “Friends and Family: Dinner With Discourse” party when things took an unexpected turn.

In a video clip that has since gone viral, Seales is seen explaining why she has had such a different experience in America as a black woman as compared to Jenner, a wealthy and celebrated transgender woman.

“The reason I am so passionate—and I’m not hostile, I’m passionate—the reason I am so passionate is because I’ve had such a different experience in this country than you,” Seales told Jenner. “Because as a black woman, the government is so much in my life, and it always has been. The government literally said that black men could not even be in the house or else women couldn’t get welfare. That’s a big reason why there’s such a chasm between black women and black men in this generation.”

While promoting the premiere of Season 2 of Insecure at the 2017 American Black Film Festival, Seales opened up about the conversation, revealing that she is not concerned if Jenner actually learned something from that moment. Rather, she has been more moved by the response she’s received about the clip from other black women.

 


 

The 35-year-old actress also shared three tips for women of color striving to establish a successful career in entertainment. Watch the clip below.

 


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How Gebeya Creates IT Professionals and Increases Career Opportunities Across Africa

User Interface (Image: Gebeya)

There are so many technical coding schools, boot camps, and recruiting platforms for underrepresented minorities in the U.S., but I was curious to find out more about the companies that were tapping into Africa’s tech talent pool.

With this in mind, BLACK ENTERPRISE connected with Amadou Daffe, the CEO and co-founder of Gebeya, Inc., a fast and secure online marketplace that connects African IT experts with other businesses to develop technology solutions. Daffe not only introduced us to his platform, but he was also kind enough to further elaborate on why Gebeya is beneficial to the African marketplace.

 

Amadou Daffe (Image: Gebeya) (Image: Amadou Daffe Photo Courtesy of Gebeya)

 

Black Enterprise: Tell me about your background. Why did you decide to start Gebeya?

Amadou Daffe: I have two passions in life: Africa and software engineering. I hold a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Management Information Systems from the U.S.

Over the last five years, I have traveled to Africa, searching for top software engineers. In the process, I acquired a lot of knowledge on the IT landscape in Africa, and the opportunities it presents. I have seen the potential of software improving African economies and solving socioeconomic issues. However, it is my belief that more work needs to be done.

Africa still lags behind in software development and engineering, yet software continues to empower millions of people and businesses in developed countries, creating revolutionary concepts and winning business models. This motivated me to co-found the pan-African company, Gebeya, Inc., which nurtures a self-sustainable ecosystem by training, hiring, and incubating African IT talent.

 

Black Enterprise: Let’s dive deeper into the product; what type of talent is it intended to target?

Amadou Daffe: “Gebeya” means “marketplace” in Amharic, the national Ethiopian language. Therefore, [we want people to] think of Gebeya as a platform where professionals can find and acquire legitimate work.

Currently, we are training, placing, and incubating software engineers, DevOps, API engineers, mobile app engineers, back-end system engineers, user experience designers, and user interface designers. With time, we will expand to focus on other professional areas, such as video production, photography, accounting, and so forth.

 

Black Enterprise: Why do you think Gebeya is especially important to the African marketplace?

Amadou Daffe: Gebeya [aims to] shape a robust, African IT industry by nurturing a strong, self-sustaining, African IT ecosystem. It accomplishes this by providing advanced, practical training, to increase the number of professional software engineers and developers in Africa. This will help increase job opportunities for IT professionals, and ultimately will produce more innovative startups in Africa.

I think that if Africa is to compete with the world’s leading economies, it is necessary for Africans to cultivate the right digital skills in order to meet the increasing demand for IT professionals and gain access to the tech industry.  This will, in turn, increase the positive impact software has on Africa’s economy, and position the continent among leaders in the global software industry.

 

Black Enterprise: What is your competitive advantage? 

Amadou Daffe: Gebeya’s training has a holistic curriculum, which is practical by design, ensuring that each student graduates with both soft and technical skills. We produce razor-sharp domain specialists, not coders.

Furthermore, Gebeya’s executive team has spent the last five years working in several African countries, to better evaluate the continent’s technology landscape. As a result, we’ve managed to recruit African IT professionals, creating an internal network of over 2,500 developers.

 

Training Interface (Image: Gebeya)

 

Black Enterprise: What type of traction are you seeing with Gebeya so far? How many clients do you have?

Amadou Daffe: We’ve been pleased by the warm reception and market demand for professional IT software engineers and developers.

Currently, Gebeya is incubating one product in the health sector, SEW, as well as two startups. Gebeya has also generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue in the past six months, both from training and the marketplace.With an average of 15 organic client requests per month, Gebeya completes dozens of client projects.

In addition, Gebeya has received over 500 applicants for training in just four months, and it’s [placed] 140 highly talented IT professionals in the marketplace. Our first successful cohort of 70 professional software engineers and developers [recently] graduated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Gebeya has a presence in three strategic locations: Kenya, Ethiopia, and the U.S. It’s also signed a significant partnership agreement with Smart Africa. The partnership aims to fuel three of Smart Africa’s flagship initiatives, including Smart Africa ICT Industry Development, Smart Africa Digital Literacy, and Smart Africa Digital Economy.

 

Black Enterprise: Where are you finding your talent, and how to you vet applicants?

Amadou Daffe: Generally speaking, we locate talent through our advanced training programs, hackathons, universities, digital media platforms, and our corporate clients. Every month, Gebeya organizes events to attract more talent to our campuses in Kenya and Ethiopia. These events give us the advantage of discovering talent at an early age. Recruitment events are our first point of contact, with potential talent, because at this stage, they are still potential trainees.

Those who are interested in what Gebeya has to offer can then submit an online application, to see if they qualify for our professional training program. Qualifying applicants then begin our rigorous vetting process, and if they manage to pass this initial phase, they are then invited in for a face-to-face interview. If the interview is successful, applicants are then invited to enter our practical training program, which lasts about four to six months. At the end of the program, students are expected to deliver a full-fledged, functional product. Those who succeed at this then qualify for job placement on the platform.

 

Black Enterprise: What other regions do you plan on expanding to, and what are your plans for scaling this business?

Amadou Daffe: Our first strategic targets are multinational businesses and government institutions across Africa. In the next five years, Gebeya will continue developing existing IT talent across the major hubs in Africa, including in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Ivory Coast.Our hope is to eventually expand into the European and American markets, to source for more international clients and find more professional, qualified, and affordable IT talent.

This production of talent will subsequently fuel Gebeya’s ability to meet the global demand for professional IT talent. It will also promote innovation by incubating more startups.

 

Black Enterprise: What criteria does one from those regions need to fulfill, in order to sign up and join?

Amadou Daffe: They would need to identify whether we are [already] present in their location; we are currently present in Kenya and Ethiopia, but we will soon be in Rwanda and Nigeria. After going through Gebeya’s vetting process, those based in the other countries have the option to come study on our current campuses, or they can wait until we launch in their countries.

 

 

For more information about Gebeya, visit its website.

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Jennifer Hudson Says Her New Netflix Comedy Reflects Her Real-Life Career

Jennifer Hudson says her love for Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard” was a factor in agreeing to her latest film, “Sandy Wexler.”

The ‘90s-themed Netflix original film ― directed by and starring Adam Sandler, along with Terry Crews, Lamorne Morris, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, Jane Seymour and Hudson ― follows hapless Hollywood talent manager Sandy Wexler (played by Sandler) as his work-life balance is tested when he sparks a romance with his client and aspiring singer Courtney Clarke (played by Hudson).

The film marks Hudson’s debut in a comedy film, and she told The Huffington Post that starring alongside Sandler was one of her best career experiences. 

“I’ve always wanted to do a comedy. And so, when I got that call from Adam to come meet with him to talk about me playing Courtney, I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Of course I would want to do this,’” Hudson said.

“Then he said, ‘It’s like a comedic version of “The Bodyguard,”’ and right there I was sold,” she continued. “Like, ‘OK, that’s one of my absolute favorite films with one of my absolute favorite artists, which is Whitney.’ And so I was all in, and it was one of the absolute best experiences I’ve ever had on a project.”

From her humble beginnings performing on a Disney cruise ship, the Chicago native rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on “American Idol.” Hudson would go on to earn chart-topping success as a recording artist and score an Oscar win for her breakout role in the 2006 motion picture adaptation of “Dreamgirls.”

Hudson said that her “Sandy Wexler” character’s dream of attaining success in entertainment is similar to her own journey of breaking into the industry.

“For me, it was just finding a way into it,” she recalled. “I remember sitting back like, ‘This is what I wanna do, but how? There’s no formula, there’s no shortcut, there’s no strategy.’ And the only thing I could do is say, keep singing and hopefully my talent makes room for me.”

“And thankfully it did,” she continued. “But there is no certain formula for it, so it’s hard to crack that code and say, ‘OK, this is what I’m gonna do and then this is what’s gonna happen.’”

With a comedy now on her growing acting resume, Hudson has her eyes set on other career interests, including a role in a silent film. She also would like to get into directing, which was inspired by working with Sandler. 

“That’s what I loved about this project, I felt more like I was not just an actor,” she said. “[Adam] would say, ‘Put your influence in there and approach it more like a partner, more so than you’re an actor. Do this.’ So it forced me and taught me how to be able to walk into those directing shoes one day.”

“Sandy Wexler” hits Netflix on April 14.

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Science Explains How Your Spouse’s Personality Affects Your Career

Who you marry doesn’t affect just your happiness at home — your spouse can also play a major role in your career prosperity, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis. This study, published in Psychological Science, discovered that it’s not only your personality that matters when it comes to achievement. Your spouse’s personality also affects your workplace success.

The five-year study examined 5,000 married people who ranged in age from 19 to 89. Approximately 75 percent of the sample included homes where both spouses worked. Researchers administered a series of psychological tests to assess participant’s scores in five broad areas of personality — openness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness.

They also tracked on-the-job performance of working spouses by using annual surveys designed to measure occupational success. Each worker provided self-reports related to job satisfaction, salary increases, and the likelihood of being promoted.

While other studies have shown it’s helpful to have a spouse who ranks high in agreeableness, this study shows that workers with the most occupational success had spouses who scored high for conscientiousness in the personality assessments. Conscientiousness is characterized by a tendency to be organized and dependable. Conscientious people also show self-discipline, behave dutifully, strive for achievement, and prefer planned activities over spontaneous events.

Three Ways a Conscientious Spouse Contributes to Success

The study showed that a conscientious spouse promoted career success regardless of whether both spouses worked. It also concluded that a conscientious spouse was equally important for both male and female working spouses. The researchers discovered that a conscientious person is likely to support a spouse’s career in three pivotal ways:

1. Completing day-to-day tasks. The conscientious spouse is likely to do household chores, pay bills, shop for groceries, and care for children. This can free up the working spouse to focus on work outside the home.

2. Role modeling healthy skills. The working spouse may pick up on some of those good habits — like behaving diligently and reliably — which can boost career success.

3. Keeping the working spouse’s personal life running smoothly. The conscientious spouse reduces overall stress and promotes a healthy work-life balance which can assist the working spouse in career advancement.

What Can We Learn from the Study?

Spouses who can truly help advance your career go beyond simply encouraging you to ask for that raise or apply for that new job. Instead, career success relies heavily on having a spouse who keeps life outside of work operating smoothly for the long haul.

If you’re not yet married — and you’re ambitious about your career endeavors — a potential mate’s conscientiousness may be worth considering. If you’re already married and you’re concerned that your spouse’s personality isn’t exactly advancing your professional life, don’t run out and get a divorce with the hope of benefiting your career. Most of the research shows the stress of divorce causes decreased productivity for about five years.

Perhaps the most important takeaway from the study is that we should develop an awareness of how our own personalities affect our partners. Simply being aware of the characteristics and behaviors that may help — as well as hinder — one another can go a long way to working together as a team to reach your goals.

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, a bestselling book that is being translated into more than 20 languages.

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Reese Witherspoon Cites New Yorker Article As Low Point In Her Career

The Reese-urgence is alive and well with the much-anticipated release of “Wild” and the probability of an impending Oscar nomination. It’s arguable that Reese Witherspoon never truly lost her status as one of America’s sweethearts, but, she says in a new “60 Minutes” interview, the year after her Oscar win for “Walk the Line” was “tough.”

Throughout the press she has done for her role as Cheryl Strayed, who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail to ameliorate the pain following her mother’s death, Witherspoon has said she wanted to break away from the post-Oscar films that boxed her into nice-girl romantic comedies — movies like “Four Christmases,” “How Do You Know” and “This Means War’. The nadir came when Witherspoon saw herself listed among “washed-up” actors who were no longer seen as box-office draws in a 2012 article from The New Yorker.

“I thought I was reading, like, a profile on another actor,” she recalled. “Then somewhere down at the end, it said […] ‘the people who are washed-up.’ I mean, it really hurt my feelings.” (To be fair, the piece Witherspoon is presumably referring to — a profile of Ben Stiller — never uses the term “washed-up.” Regardless, she was named alongside Keanu Reeves, Mel Gibson, Demi Moore, Tom Hanks, Russell Crowe, Nicolas Cage and John Travolta.)

As she’s said several times, Witherspoon challenged herself to find stronger roles, which led to the creation of her production company, Pacific Standard. With Australian producer Bruna Papandrea, Witherspoon has fought to get powerful female stories on the big screen. First up was “Gone Girl,” which she produced. Then came “Wild,” which she optioned in March 2012, three months before Oprah Winfrey selected it as the inaugural entry in her Book Club 2.0.

“I was just kind of floundering career-wise. I wasn’t making things I was passionate about,” Witherspoon said. “And it was really clear that audiences weren’t responding to anything I was putting out there.”

Audiences are paying attention now: “Wild” has received remarkable praise, and it made a strong mark at the box office when the movie opened in limited release on Dec. 5.

Witherspoon’s full “60 Minutes” interview with Charlie Rose airs Sunday on CBS. Watch an excerpt:

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Why Your Career Is Ruining Your Relationship

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent decades honing the skills you need to succeed in business. You’re smart, savvy and good at what you do. Scratch that – you’re fantastic at what you do.

Society applauds you, your mom brags about you, and you’re finally making the money you deserve. You’re proud of what you’ve accomplished and define yourself by the characteristics that help you succeed. The traits that make you valuable in your career give your value in your life. After all, professional success is success in this culture.

Unfortunately what you do for a living can screw you in the romance department.

Here’s why: The skills you use to succeed in your career are the same ones that may block you from loving and being loved.

Take me for example. I help aspiring leaders get clear on their purpose and then develop strategies to bring their visions to life. Sounds harmless enough, but it’s the way I do it that presents the romantic challenge.

The reason I excel as a life strategist is because I empathize deeply with my clients. I take on their hopes, fears, thoughts and feelings and then use this emotional connection to tap into their true desires. Once I feel them, I can remind them who they really are and hold that vision for them until they’re ready to claim it as their own. It’s a beautiful process and my clients love me.

Yet I bring the exact same skill set into my relationship and I’m a delusional codependent.

I meld into my partner and sacrifice my needs for the vision of what the relationship could be. I stubbornly cling to this vision instead of acknowledging what is and shift my bounders to accommodate it. Needless to say, these skillful traits that enhance my career make it hard for me to have a healthy relationship.

If you’re thinking. “OK, but I don’t do that,” let me give you another example that may be more familiar.

I know a guy who gets thing done at work. As a senior manager in a company he helped grow from the ground up, he works tirelessly, takes personal responsibility for the company’s progress, and does everything himself instead of delegating. His take-charge attitude, abilities and dedication to the mission make him a phenomenal corporate leader and he’s well compensated for his efforts.

Translate his business acumen into romance however, and he’s a condescending control freak.

His inability to delegate means he doesn’t know how to communicate his needs or build trust with another person. His lack of faith in others’ capabilities means no one is his equal or capable of being a true partner. Although a huge boost to his business persona, in his love life, his can-do attitude turns into a need to control and a tendency to make decisions based on assumptions rather than dialogue.

But our hard-earned career skills didn’t have to be a death-sentence for the relationship, and they don’t have to be for yours either.

The trick is to think bigger.

Your professional traits aren’t all of you — they are just the characteristics you practice the most often and that receive the most tangible and public feedback. There’s no salary or social prestige for being a good partner, but your ability to climb the corporate ladder is widely visible. In a society that defines your worth based on your professional skills, it’s easy to fall back on your work personality even at social events. How many times have your been introduced by your job title or asked “what do you do?” at a party? Ever been asked what makes you feel happy or loved? I didn’t think so.

If you want to job-proof your relationship, here are four steps you can take today to avoid sacrificing your love life for professional success:

1. Know your work self.

Spend a few minutes right now identifying how you have to think, act, and feel to be the professional powerhouse that you are. What traits set you apart from your colleagues? What are you praised for? What you’re doing when you feel “on” at work? Explore how these characteristics show up in your personal life. Is it in your tone of voice? Your assumptions about how others think and behave?

2. Remember your bigger self.
What other qualities do you have that you don’t bring to work? Maybe you’re a big softie at heart or incredibly generous or affectionate. What does your partner say they love about you?

3. Decide how you want to be.
Feel into how you want to show up in your relationship. Some of your business traits may be helpful and empowering, while others may not have a place in your love life at all. Identify who you want to be, how you want to feel, and how you want to act as a partner capable of loving and being loved.

4. Communicate.

In my experience, there is very little that a conversation can’t cure. No one is perfect and no relationship is perfect. Just like you negotiate in business, sit down with your partner to say what you need, hear out their needs, and decide together how you can help each other feel good. No one is a mind reader, so don’t take it personally if you have to spell out what you want or are asked to do specific things to help your partner feel loved.

With a little self-reflection and a willingness to talk, you can be successful in your career and relationship. There’s nothing better than being appreciated and respected for your professional success by your partner. Use these steps to bring your best to both aspects of your life so you can give yourself and your partner more freedom to love and be loved.
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