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Cantu Men’s Collection Launch Atlanta

On Friday (Feb. 10) Cantu Beauty celebrated the launch of there first men’s collection in Atlanta, Georgia at Live Edge Restaurant and Bar. Not only was the event exclusive, but guests got to mingle red carpet style alongside Cantu Beauty Ambassadors.

Event attendees were gifted with complimentary cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres, a bourbon tasting (complementary J.R. Revelry), specially crafted Cantu Cigars, free products and a “Cantu Barbershop” with live demos. We took a few photos of the event that can be found in the gallery above. Find more pictures by following the hashtag #doyouwithcantu.

Luvvie’s Side-Eye Got a Seat at the Table With Shonda Rhimes

Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the roomLuvvie Ajayi

This is a quote from one of my favorite people to follow online. Luvvie is the voice of Awesomely Luvvie, a humor and pop culture blog. She’s also an activist, author and branding expert. She’s built her business from the ground up for the last 9 years and has a huge social media following that boasts over 250,000 Facebook fans — all built organically.

I found out about Luvvie from one of her Scandal recaps. I googled “scandal + recap + funny” and she was the first person that popped up in the search results. That was in late 2012 and I’ve been HOOKED to following her ever since!

She’s gotten shout outs from Shonda Rhimes (hell, even Shonda wrote a blurb for her book) to taking selfies with lead actress on the show, Kerry Washington, Luvvie has built a community through her work. And when things get serious in the world, like the tragic events that took place in Charleston, South Carolina (my home state) two summers ago, or political opinions and her absolutely despise for President Trump, she’s able to share her thoughts in a way that’s tactful and truthful.

She’s managed to create an experience like no other.

You want your personal brand to be thought of the same way.

When I think of Luvvie, I think of someone that’s funny as hell and serious about their work. She’s created a fine line that’s very hard for a lot of humor bloggers to do. When I’m having a bad day and I need to cheer myself up, I visit AwesomelyLuvvie.com and read a few of her blogs to pick up my energy. Her brand makes me feel happy.

Now take what I just said and let’s create a lesson here: What kind of experience do you want to create for your audience? How do you want people to feel when they connect with you, whether through your blog, social media, or email?

Luvvie’s ability to master this has made her a New York Times bestseller within ONE WEEK!

And to make the deal even sweeter, less than six months later it was announced on Tuesday that Mother of Thursday night television, Shonda Rhimes, will turn I’m Judging You into a comedy show on ABC!

I’m so excited for Luvvie as I feel like I know her personally. She’s a Black woman that’s standing in her power and speaking her truth. Her authenticity has landed her a seat at the table with media Greats like Oprah Winfrey, who recognized her last year.

She’s my cousin in my head along with Beyoncé. Judge me. 😛

5 African American Women To Know in History

Every February, in recognition of Black History Month, we celebrate the achievements and rich contributions of African Americans in our society. African American history is full of groundbreaking activists and fearless leaders who have inspired the world. Though we are constantly reminded of many great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, there are so many more less recognized trailblazers celebrated. As an African American woman, I was excited to learn about the many women who fearlessly paved the way before me.

Check out 5 African American women who played a pivotal role in history and invoked changed:

 

Ida B. Wells (Civil Rights Activist, Journalist)

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. Wells established several civil rights organizations and formed the National Association of Colored Women.

Dorothy Height (Civil Rights Activist, Women’s Rights Activist)

American civil rights and women’s rights activist, a widely respected and influential leader of organizations focused primarily on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African American women.

Gwendolyn Brooks (Poet)

Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most highly regarded, highly influential, and widely read poets of 20th-century American poetry. She was a much-honored poet, even in her lifetime, with the distinction of being the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize.

 Septima Poinsette Clark (Civil Rights Activist, Educator)

Septima Poinsette was an American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights and civil rights for African Americans in the American Civil Rights Movement

Jane Bolin (Judge, Lawyer)

Jane Bolin was a trailblazing attorney who became the first African-American female judge in the United States, serving on New York’s Family Court for four decades.

Lady Gaga Slays Super Bow LI Halftime with 300 Flying Drones

Lady Gaga started with a tribute to America on the roof of the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with 300 drones flying in formation. She then jumped off and flew through the air making her big entrance to the stage singing all of her number one hits and ending her performance with an epic mic drop.

 

Beyoncé Having Twins is the Good News We All Need

*Whew!*

That’s me coming up for air after a rough 12-days of nonstop Trumpnanigans. Since dude was sworn in, we’ve witnessed executive action in domino effect.

From ignoring climate change to the Muslim ban last Friday, my head has been spinning in disbelief that THISISREALLYHAPPENING. Hashtag OMG.

And then, Beyoncé showed up and dropped the good news that we all need.

My girl Bey is having twins, y’all! Congratulations!

Motivational Viral Videos

There’s so many videos floating around online that it’s sometimes hard cutting through the clutter. To my surprise, the past two weeks have been a breath of fresh air in regards to viral videos that are sure get you motivated and change your perspective on life and career.

Check out these two phenomenal videos that has had the internet in a frenzy lately!

Malcolm “MJ” Harris, CEO of National Care Financial Group will have you reassessing every coin you spend after watching his fiery explanation on how most people “spend to impress”. He goes on to explain what real financial freedom and wealth consists of. He gives recollections of past clients who were popular public figures who spend money on clothes, cars and jewelry but are in debt and have no savings. He compares them to the “what one would seem to be” everyday Tom or Harry’s who wear inexpensive clothes, drive regular cars but has no debt, has savings and over the years has properly invested and built wealth!

Gary Vaynerchuk, serial entrepreneur and investor talks to viewers about pursuing only things that makes you happy. He explains how money alone won’t make you happy, although a lack of it can make you pretty sad.  It’s a lot like food. A hungry person may think that the key to happiness lies in a full stomach but you don’t really need to eat more beyond a point. There onwards, we need to decide whether we want to focus on chugging down that extra cheeseburger or focusing on something else of value to our lives. To each his own.

 

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