“The Gifted” Actor Jermaine Rivers Talks About His New Role, Overcoming Rejection and More

Interview by Maria Rochelle

Jermaine Rivers is an actor and Georgia native who is working his dream with roles on television as well as in film. He’s going to be in the film “Den of Thieves” which will be out in theatres on January 19. Read more about him in our interview in which we discuss his love of acting, rejection, and so much more.

What do you love about your life right now?

The fact that I’m still alive, I have my health, my family and that I’m blessed to get to do something I love (acting) everyday alongside some very talented people.

You post some incredible pics on your IG page from the show “The Gifted” and also pics of you from your time serving in the Army. I want to thank you for your service to our country. Having served in the military, has it helped you with acting?

Absolutely it has, because like with all of life experiences both good and bad, it informs and grounds you and your inner work. I never have to dig too far inward to find truth when I’m preparing for a role. My time in the military gave me a deep well of experiences to draw from.

How long have you been acting?
Long enough to know that I’m where I belong; I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else.

Was there any particular actor or film that inspired you to act and was it a dream of yours as a child to become an actor?

No not really, I’m just a fan of film and I’ve always been, especially the classics. It’s hard for me as an actor to watch something and shutdown the analytical part of my brain, but if there’s ever a point when I’m watching someone’s work and they draw me in to the point where I forget it’s a movie or get an emotional response then I’m instantly a fan.

What do you love about acting and what challenges have you faced as one?
I  love the entire process!! To effectively tell a great story and bring something or someone to life that was imagined on paper and deliver it within 60 or 120 minutes and have people walk away from that film emotionally affected by it afterwards is amazing. There are no real challenges, I believe that like it is with anything that presents an obstacle, you’ll either find a way to get it done or an excuse not to.

With acting as with other things in life, you face rejection. How do you handle rejection when you don’t get the part you auditioned for?
I don’t focus on rejection, that’s where my maturity comes into play. I’ve always been smart enough to know that not every role I audition for is going to be right for me. A few years back I stopped caring about getting parts when I go in for auditions. Instead, my primary objective was to give a great performance to the person in the room. To present my best work and interpretation of my character and the situation that he’s in, and to be as honest and alive as possible, then walk away with confidence knowing that I did my job.

Tell me what you like about your role as Shatter on “The Gifted” and what you enjoy about being part of the X-Men Universe?
I absolutely love playing Shatter!! He’s wounded and conflicted and is at times the most human person in the room. He’s a character that has multiple layers. I look forward to bringing more of his persona to the surface going into season 2 of The Gifted.

Was it a dream of yours to be cast as Shatter?
I  wouldn’t say that it was my ultimate dream because for a long time marrying Haley Berry had that spot, but landing the role of Shatter was definitely the dream casting because it satisfied the inner twelve year old kid who used to collect X-Men comics and placed me smack dab in the middle of the X-Men and Marvel Universe.

You’re also acting in “MacGyver” as Frank Colton, what have you enjoyed about that particular role?
I love the fact that I get to reprise a role that was played by the late Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles) in the 90’s during the original MacGyver TV series. FYI, Blazing Saddles was one of my childhood favorites comedies.

The film “Den Of Thieves” will be released January 19, you are in the film as Jackson, and what can you tell me about your character?
I can say that it’s an awesome film, I play an intense character and I look damn good in my uniform.

You’ve been in films and on TV series; do you prefer one over the other? Is it easier to do a TV show or film?

I have no preference at all; I love both! I wouldn’t say that one is easier than the other, it’s a similar process, but it’s the people you get to work with that truly define the experience.

What was it like to work with actors Gerard Butler and 50 Cent?
They were both cool… and very professional.

Any advice you would like to share with anybody who is pursuing acting?
Don’t wear your feelings on your shirt sleeve, know your job and always be prepared, be professional, always work harder than you play, don’t be an ass, keep your hands to yourself… and always be professional, and keep your hands to yourself, I said that twice for a reason!!

Who do you look up to in the industry?
I admire many, but look up to nobody. I don’t believe in putting people on pedestals, we are all human and err. The minute you start doing that you lose sight of what’s important in life. Instead, I concentrate on learning as much as I can and growing as completely as I can in my craft.

In addition to acting, some fans of yours may not know that you’re also an author of “The Nemesis Chronicles” which are on Amazon, how long did it take to write your first one and was there anybody that inspired you to write?

It took about a year and a half to write the first novel in the series. At the time when I started drafting the initial pages of the book my life and the horrible state of the world was all the motivation I needed. The events of 9/11 had just transpired so viola.

In a couple of sentences, can you tell me about your books?

Lucifer Falls From Grace. A descendent of the Davidic bloodline is caught in a struggle between Good and Evil. Ancient Prophesies being fulfilled. The End times and Armageddon are imminent.

Where do you see yourself in a year?
Forward… always forward!!!

I share motivational quotes. Is there one you can share for VEU readers that keeps you inspired and motivated?
“Ever try… ever Fail? No matter, try again… fail again, Fail Better.”

-Becket

Pack Your Diabetes Bag While On the Move

Written by Benjamin Roussey

For diabetics, there is a new acronym that is going viral – MSP, or Medical supplies, Sugar helpers, and Paperwork. The MSP is the magic bag of tricks that can quickly address sudden diabetes symptoms. Diabetics are familiar with the utter havoc that may occur due to unexpected blood sugar hikes or dips.

Consider these familiar situations if you are a diabetic: You have a busy day planned, and you suddenly feel acutely dehydrated; you are the life of a party, and the next moment you see yourself teetering towards a low mood; you are power walking your way to an active day at work, and you suddenly feel you are going to faint. These are the typical situations for a diabetic that can ruin an otherwise excellent day.

Well, with just a little bit of extra planning, you can navigate yourself around these annoying symptoms, and manage to get the best out of every day.

An MSP diabetes bag is your customized solution to give diabetes, or at least any unforeseen symptoms, the royal boot. First up are Medical supplies. It includes all sugar-regulating medication such as insulin shots with its props (sterilized needles or insulin pumps), metformin tablets, glucometers with test-strips, and a handy bottle of glucose tablets to immediately address those low-sugar driven faint spells.

Next up is Sugar helpers. A diabetic knows that a sudden burst of activity (or even lack of activity like a nap) can send their blood sugar screaming up, or even down. This is where it helps to have safe, diabetes-friendly treats to quickly disarm any alarm signals. Here, dry-fruit trail mixes, sugarless crackers and protein bars are top recommended snacks to address sudden hunger cravings without jeopardizing your sugar levels.

Lastly, a diabetic must carry a basic amount of Paperwork to help during emergencies. This simply lists out the medication you take (with prescription), a brief on your medical history (covering any allergies) and emergency contacts so in the odd event you do succumb to that fainting spell, the people around you are still equipped to get you immediate care.

As with all good solutions, the success of this simple MSP Diabetes Bag is up to you. With a little bit of awareness, discipline, and your own personal touch to the bag essentials, your MSP bag can be the best armor you need against unexpected diabetes symptoms. So the next time they catch you unawares, don’t panic. Just dip into your MSP bag for life-saving supplies.

Bravo TV Reality Star, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Agent Genise Shelton Covers the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine

Bravo TV Reality Star, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Agent Genise Shelton Covers the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine. We spoke to Genise about her entrepreneurial journey, her journey to reality TV, and the start of her sex trafficking foundation Our Children’s Keeper.  In this issue we also feature R&B Singer VEDO on his musical career  from being on THE VOICE Television show, to his continued journey as a singer and songwriter, Orlando nightlife entrepreneur Tony Khuu, and Becky Davis. We also have our usual business, entrepreneurship and other lifestyle articles in health, fashion,  food and more.

How to Build a Successful Business With a Romantic Partner.

Written by Dominique Bancey

Building a business is extremely difficult, but building one with someone you are romantically involved with, can be even more challenging. If you wish to build a business with a partner, or if you are wondering how they do it, read on.

Celebration. Being business and romantic partners is indeed a challenge, however, neither one of you should forget that if something good happens, there is no harm in celebrating. With each goal that is reached, and each success that is attained, allow yourselves to take a break and celebrate each of these. This will allow the both of you to realize that you are doing a great job at being business partners.

Observation. Though the both of you are focusing on your tasks, take some time out to observe what the other is doing. After observing, compliment them. This will let them know that you realize the hard work they are doing to allow the both of you to succeed as business partners.

Accuracy. Before starting the business, sit down and have a talk. Ensure that the both of you have clear and accurate thoughts as to your strengths and weaknesses, what each of you could contribute to the business as separate individuals.

Agreement. Another thing you have to pay attention, make sure that you both agree as to what exactly you are working towards. Ensure that each of you share the same vision for the company. If one person starts to steer away from that vision, the other can talk to them about it to get them back on track.

Balance. This is one of the most important factors. Create a balance with work and life. Form a middle ground. Discuss what should be talked about at work, separate from at home. This will also inspire your team as they will take note that the both of you are goal-oriented and do not allow your personal lives to get in the way of business.

Many individuals tend to steer far away from building a business with a partner, however, it may not be as difficult as it seems, if you follow these simple tips.

Until next time.

The Stars of 2017: Women Who Had an Amazing Year

Photo from SZA Facebook

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

1. Issa Rae – By now, Issa Rae’s name has become synonymous with self-made; the HBO star built her rapport on YouTube and now has every major studio knocking on her door. The second season of her hit show, Insecure, premiered this summer and has already been renewed for a third season. She’s poised to star in and produce some major productions in 2018 and we can’t wait to see what comes next for her.

2. SZA – Named the best album of 2017 by Time, SZA’s debut album, Ctrl, gave us the platinum-selling hits “The Weekend” and “Love Galore.” She has a tour with Bryson Tiller under her belt this year and has five (yes five!) nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards. Looks like this girl is unstoppable!

3. Gal Gadot – Gal Gadot had a unique challenge set out before her when she starred as Wonder Woman. In movie category dominated by alpha-male characters (how many superheroes do we see that are actually women?), she had to not only deliver a performance strong enough to carry a movie with a $100+ million production budget, but she was automatically expected to be a role model for young women. Wonder Woman became the highest-rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes and was an international commercial success. Well done, Gal.

4. Rihanna – We all know Rihanna delivers on everything she ventures into but her Fenty Beauty line, which launched this year, was groundbreaking on so many levels. After battling body shamers and naysayers who said that diverse foundation colors don’t sell, she released a 40-shade makeup line at Sephora and sold out almost immediately. It’s estimated that RiRi made $72 million from Fenty Beauty in one month. If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.

8 Books That Helped Elon Musk Become a Maverick Billionaire

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Tech billionaire and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, is a role model for millions of people worldwide and he did appear in Iron Man II despite that movie being pitiful (the final action scene was about 6 minutes and totally anticlimactic). If you have always aspired to be like him and wanted to achieve even 10 percent of the success he has, you could always start by reading the books that helped shape the revolutionary entrepreneur.

Here are the eight books that Elon Musk thinks helped him become a billionaire.

1. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J.E. Gordon

Musk has said that this book is good for those who want to know the basics of structural design. It also provides a lighter explanation about the science behind SpaceX.

2. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

The maverick entrepreneur regards Benjamin Franklin as one of his heroes. The book showed Musk that how in spite of being a runaway kid and having nothing, Franklin still become so successful – as a diplomat, scientist, inventor, author, and entrepreneur.

3. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Albert Einstein’s biography had a marked influence on Musk, especially famous quotes of the theoretical physicist which have a direct bearing on the entrepreneur’s vision for his companies.

4. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

Bostrom’s book discusses the challenges that can occur if computational intelligence rises above human intelligence, which is a real concern in today’s world with the advent of artificial intelligence.

5. Merchants of Doubt by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes

The book revolves around an argument by two historians who believe that the facts concerning many public health issues have been deliberately muddied by scientists with corporate and political connections. You may want to be careful about this since we know that global warming facts have been altered to suit socialist interests.

6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This is a classic book that talks about greed, competition, and survival. Musk said that the heroes of the books he reads always have a sense of duty to save the planet.

7. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

The book focuses on the necessity of unique thinking among founders of startups. Moreover, it provides an interesting explanation for creating super successful ventures.

8. The Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Musk learnt that civilizations move in cycles from this book, something that inspired him to pursue his own radical ambitions.

All these books helped make Musk the man he is today and hopefully they will inspire you too in your professional journey. If you want to read another outstanding book, Taylor Caldwell’s Dear and Glorious Physician is amazing.

How to Make Your Small Online Business Appear Larger Than It Is

Written by Dominique Bancey

When just starting up a business, it tends to be nerve-racking, and for the most part, many will tend to underestimate you due to lack of size or experience. However, you can easily create an illusion to make others believe that your business is larger than it actually is.

1. Try to get your social media following ‘sky high’.

As customers, the first thing they will tend to look for, is how many followers you have on social media. With a growing time in technology, they cannot really help themselves because this is how they find out how many persons are interested in your business and what you have to offer. You may wonder how to gain more followers each day, but the best thing to do is network. Follow persons who have similar businesses, comment under their posts, get the attention of their customers as they just might come check out your page.

2. Create an email address that is specific to your domain.

Having a personalized or customized website domain is one thing, but having an email address that lines up with this domain will make individuals take you more seriously. They will view you as more professional. For example, if your company’s website domain is hairandlashes.com but then your email would be hairandlashes@yahoo.com, instead you should have an email like l.trish@hairandlashes.com.

3. Get A Virtual Office

This would come at a cost to you, however, it would impress customers to stick with you and they would recommend you to their friends or family. Some virtual offices allow you to get a mailing address, local phone number, book conference rooms and access to break rooms or reception areas. Depending on where you are from or the plans you choose, the prices will tend to have a wide range. However, you should do your research to find the one that works best for the type of company you have and type of customers you have as well.

Having a small, online business doesn’t mean that you should stick to being small. Sometimes it pays off to create an illusion.

Until next time.

10 Fashion Hacks For The Busy Lady

Written by Samantha Skinner

If you’re busy all the time and you perhaps have had a fashion malfunction or just want to seem like your life is put together a bit more than it is then you will need to find some fashion hacks that can help boost your confidence and perhaps your wardrobe a bit. Here are some of the most used (and loved!) fashion hacks out there for the busy lady…

ONE
Vaseline will get a stuck zipper unstuck. You just have to rub a bit on the zipper and voila! you have unstuck it when it glides effortlessly.

TWO
Warm water and vinegar are able to effortlessly remove water and other stains that are commonly found on leather.

THREE
Moleskin can be found useful when the underwire of your bra is sticking out and becoming too painful to deal with. No worries! You now do not have to throw out the bra!

FOUR
Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and warm water mixed together can help remove yellow staining on shirts that might have been left behind from deodorant or sweat.

FIVE
Use a piece of fashion tape to keep a lapel down and not flapping around, though we do admire that Michael Jackson look.

SIX
Delicate sweaters can stay in the best shape possible when you wash them with baby shampoo instead of detergent.

SEVEN
When packing your coat or jacket, reduce the chances of wrinkles happening by turning it inside out and then folding and packing it.

EIGHT
Run deodorant over the soles of your feet to stop them from blistering in shoes that might rub or seem too small.

NINE
Use a safety pin to thread a string in a hoodie or other jacket that has come undone and out of the shirt entirely.

TEN
Spray lemon juice on whites before you wash them to keep them looking white and to remove any stains that might have happened during the time they were worn.

Whether you’re looking for a way to fix something, prevent something or just keep clothes looking their best, these hacks can provide you with a little bit of everything. No women has to worry about replacing clothes because they were unable to get the memo on how to keep them white or sharp.

Be a busy lady doing what you do best but never sacrifice your fashion sense when it comes to grabbing some fashion tips that are going to help keep you looking sharp – always!

Tips For Getting Holiday Fashion for Less

Written by Samantha Skinner

If you’re looking to look good this holiday season but not spend too much to buy something you’re only going to wear once, then check out some of these ideas to help you get in the holiday mood.

Not only can you find some of the cutest holiday wear out there for less, but you can also wear some of these pieces again and again once you find them. Think cold weather apparel and not necessarily ugly-Christmas-sweater, because no one wears that past the Christmas party.

Check Out Online Outlets
These are great for finding fashions for less. Not only that, but they also provide coupon codes and other essentials that are going to save you even more cash when it comes to purchasing the perfect outfit. Consider the type of clothing item you’re looking for though, because if you want something extremely holiday-like then you may have to search ahead of the holiday hustle and bustle.

Shop Right After the Holidays
Planning ahead for the next holiday season is a great idea. While some might not want to do this because they may gain or lose weight, if you have a pretty constant weight then going to the clearance rack since the holidays are over gives you nothing to lose. With some unbeatable prices, you want to be prepared.

Mix and Match in Your Current Closet
If you have black pants and a red shirt, then you can rock those for the holiday season. You don’t have to purchase something specifically for the holidays when they come up. Being creative with your own wardrobe can help you mix and match and plan for any holiday that might come up. Plus, this is a great way to clean out the closet, as well.

Consider Borrowing
If your friend has it, you should have it too. This is a sharing is caring program and you want to make sure that you both are getting the most use out of the closet full of clothes that you both have. Just ask your friend to borrow some of her holiday-related attire and you can rock it for this holiday season.

Of course, if you want something that is going to pop out a bit more, then splurge and buy something that you actually want and love. There is nothing wrong with spending a little bit more money on something to treat yourself during the holidays. It is the season for giving, so give yourself the gift of a great wardrobe!

Happy holidays!

4 Money Habits We Should All Keep

Written by Dominique Bancey

Set a major financial goal. Making goals for your finances is one of the best things you could do. Whether it be an amount you wish to reach at the end of a week, month, or year, it will allow you to save without even thinking about it.

Budget. Budget. Budget. Growing up you probably always heard your parents talking about budgets, and even though you may have overlooked it, you need to pay attention to budgets. Making a budget at the beginning of each month will ensure that you do not spend more than you need to.

➢ Keep track of your net worth. Hearing ‘net worth’ is usually associated with businesses or even celebrities. However, it is not that difficult to calculate your own net worth. You can do so by summing up all your assets then subtracting your liabilities. By doing so on a schedule (every 3-6 months), you will ensure that you are sticking to the budgets you make each month.

Make a payment to your credit card every week. Usually, most persons tend to make payments to their credit card at the end of every month. However, it would be better to pay it at the end of each week. This will make sure that you do not spend money that should be contributed towards it, on something else.
➢ Keep a journal of what you spend for the month. It is good to build up a good money habit. Impulse spending each month leads to a bad money habit. Having a journal will ensure that you make regular payments each month.

Keep receipts. Always ask for a receipt whenever you make a purchase.

You do not necessarily have to keep them for a long period of time, but you could copy them into your journal so that you can keep track of exact spending habits.

Forming a good money habit is not easy, but following these tips (and more), could make it easier. Try these tips and build up your habits.

Until next time.