How Women are Identifying their PowHER in Politics


Written By:  Shantera L. Chatman, MBA

Several women have thrown their hats into the ring to run in the Democratic presidential primary, hoping to become the nominee for 2020. Waging an election campaign is difficult for anyone, but women who want to run in the current climate will have a difficult time having their voices heard. The media, the political infrastructure, and the culture all have the potential to interfere with a candidate’s message. A lazy focus on clothes, hairstyles, ethnicity, or national origin distract from discussions about the preferred policies, professional experience, and track records of these women. Women who care about how our country is run, and by whom, should demand that ALL candidates for office be respected as serious contenders, and be allowed to make their cases without the media, the party system, and the culture distorting their voices.

As activists, we must hold ourselves accountable for the protection of these women’s voices (at least as much as we can).  Anyone who wants these women’s voices to be heard more clearly should do the following:

  1. Make a list of important issues and examine the candidates’ positions considering those issues
  2. Focus on one candidate at a time and hear them all out before comparing
  3. Seek out longer-form interviews and discussions instead of sound bites
  4. Declutter social media accounts that serve only to work up emotions rather than inform 
  5. Engage with lazy reporting and redirect the conversation by contacting reporters via social media who play into the old narratives. Call them out on undermining these candidates’ messages.

Shantera L. Chatman, MBA is a the Founder & Executive Director, The Chatman Women’s Foundation Managing Partner, C+A Global Group. She is also an Author & Coach

VEU Magazine Honors Dr. Jamal H. Bryant and Ten Powerhouse Women in Atlanta on the Cover of its Double Cover March/April 2019 Edition

Pastor Dr. Jamal H. Bryant and Ten Powerhouse Women all located in Atlanta, Ga, cover the double cover March/April 2019 Issue of VEU Magazine. We admire the work that Dr. Bryant is doing and his efforts to bridge the gap between religion and culture. As he embarks on his new journey as pastor of New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Ga, we also wanted to get this thoughts on how he plans to merge his current mission, with that of his new church home. 

Also In light of March being Women’s History Month, we deemed it necessary to highlight a group of powerful female entrepreneurs and leaders right here in Atlanta, Ga. These women range from authors, publicists, event planners, motivational speakers and more. Our list of women include: Alexis Miller, Charessa Sawyer, Erica Dias, Christina Johnson, Cashe Royal, Nova Kopp, Desiree Lee, Niya Brown Matthews, Kela Taylor, and Velma Trayham. 

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Rasheeda Frost Hosted The “Official” Movie Premiere Of Summer Madness Presented By Filmmaker Leo Sullivan

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019 national bestselling author and filmmaker Leo Sullivan presented the official movie premiere for the feature film, Summer Madness. The event took place at Atlantic Station Regal Cinema 16 and was hosted by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star and business mogul Rasheeda Frost. In addition to the official media sponsor, Rolling Out, dozens of media outlets covered the premier including Kontrol Magazine, Essence Online, and Radar Live to name a few. The red carpet event was attended by some of Atlanta’s elite, celebrity attendees and cast members.

Among the attendees were: Justin Poage, producer, Anthony Dalton, whose character is Detective Bryce Wilson, Andrew Fortinberry who plays Jack Crawford, and many more.
Written and Directed by National Best Selling Author, Leo Sullivan, Summer Madness told the story of a twisted psychological thriller involving a hundred million dollar heist, which leads to mayhem, murder and mystery, all under the guise of love. After spending time in prison, where he falls for the sexy vixen, Summer, Jack Crawford is released and given back his life. When he is then accused of a vicious double homicide, one of the victims being Summer’s husband, the last person in the world he would expect comes to his defense, his nemesis, Detective Bryce Wilson. Determined to prove Jack’s innocence, Bryce finds himself snared in a deadly cat and mouse game as he races against time only to discover that an intricate web has been woven to entrap him as well.


Leo Sullivan

Leo Sullivan, founder of Sullivan Productions, has written multiple bestselling novels which he plans to convert four into movies. Sullivan Productions produces both films and literary works. Since its inception, Sullivan Productions has grown to be one of the nation’s largest urban publishing companies. Summer Madness will be the first featured film to be released in 2019.  More titles will soon be announced. 

About Leo Sullivan


Leo Sullivan is a movie director and national bestselling author who has written multiple best selling books over a span of 8 years. In 2011, Leo started his own company, Sullivan Productions, LLC (Sullivan Productions), which produces both films and literary works. Since its inception, Sullivan Productions has grown to be one of the nation’s largest urban publishing companies. Leo Sullivan has been featured in such magazines as Essence, Don Diva, King, and XXL just to name a few. He decided to enter the movie industry after writing several screenplays and working with independent movie studios and producers.

Lil Jon Expands His Education Efforts In Ghana

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Lil Jon has been expanding his philanthropic efforts outside of the U.S. for some time now. His most recent venture was breaking ground on what will shortly be his second school in Ghana.

The rapper partnered with Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education to children.

His first Ghanaian school opened in 2017, and was dedicated to his late mother. However, the rapper stated his goal was always to fund two schools, not just one. The plan was to get the first one up and running before turning his attention to the second.

“Rappers blow so much money on frivolous things sometimes and I think we can take some of that [otherwise thrown away money], and use it for some good in communities,” he said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Hopefully others will follow Lil Jon’s example in using their wealth to make a positive impact!

How is God Speaking Through You ?- In Memory of Precious Harris

Written by Tianna Sheree

Precious Harris- Photo from Instagram

Are you healing his people? Are you leaving a trail of negativity? I believe we all have been on both paths. Yet, some of us figure out how to stay on the side of healing. 

Recently, Rapper T. I. lost his older sister Precious. Even though I’m not family, her death hit me hard. I was blessed to see her often while working. She always had a beautiful smile and positive things to say. I was going through a rough time then. She would tell me to stop letting others walk over my Taurus heart. I kept those words. 

I truly believe God speaks to us through others. The devil does too! We have to learn to pay attention to when it’s truly HIM. The words just seem to hit your spirit. It sticks to you like bad words can, but have an up lifting spirit. It follows his word in the bible. Later I realized she told me those words because I needed it to give my heart to him fully first. Something as a Preacher’s child I thought I had already done so.

As I scroll on social media I can’t help but to see her face. See all the positive words and experiences while she was here. A couple words from her stuck in my soul, so I can only imagine how it hit others close to her. She was a God-fearing servant.

When my of grandfather passed away I was broken-hearted. Yet I heard a room full of Pastors say how we should celebrate servants, and that they have done so much for God’s people. That he would welcome them with open arms. What are you leaving God’s people with? After reading this what have you decided you want to leave? I know God welcomed precious with so much love and the words “well done”. She did her job of loving his people. 

May you Rest In Paradise Precious. 

We all will truly miss you.

Tianna Sheree- The Psychological Artist

Atlanta’s Sensational Girl Group, MAKO Girls, Release Their New Single “Day 1” from Their Upcoming Sophomore EP

The MAKO Girls dropped their hot new single “Day 1” on January 1, 2019. The go-getter, spirited track entitled “Day 1” is geared to inspire January 1, 2019 as Day 1 to start your journey towards your destiny. MAKO Girls will release their upcoming sophomore EP in 2019 with “Day 1” as the second single released. The video for “Day 1” will follow the single and can be viewed on MAKO Girls YouTube page and www.makogirls.com. The group released their first single “Worldwide” from their upcoming second EP in August 2018. All MAKO Girls music is available for download on Spotify, Tidal, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music and Pandora.
The MAKO Girls music style is matched to an R&B sound with a pop feel. Their second EP is definitely a feel good, teenager appeal with an Atlanta production sparkle. The group is known to “turn up” any audience with their up-beat dance moves, synchronized vocals and sizzling tracks. Stay tuned for more new music released from the MAKO Girls by following the pop sensational girl group on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@makogirls) and YouTube (MAKO Girls Atlanta).
About The MAKO Girls
Meet Atlanta’s own pop and R&B group MAKO Girls!

Mako Girls perform at VEU Magazine Open Forum Event one Atlanta, Ga

Deemed to be as legendary as the great TLC. MAKO Girls have been setting their own trends and creating their own opportunities. Meet Mimi (17), A-Ni (15), and Kena (19) Ochoa known to most as MAKO Girls. They are three sisters that took their love for singing and dancing to a professional level. Inspired by Missy Elliott, TLC, Aaliyah, Katy Perry, and Mindless Behavior, the MAKO Girls wanted to do more than just sing and dance, they want to entertain the masses. With the upcoming release of their second EP, the MAKO Girls are making waves in the entertainment industry and it’s a dream come true.
The MAKO Girls have performed at over 120 youth inspired events and shows in the past two years. The group is striving to break barriers with their clean music and introduction of a professional platform where other artist that possess the same drive and passion can become a part of the movement. The creation of the MAKO Girls Annual Glow Party and now the MAKO Girls Carnival Glow Party Tour has completely changed the dynamics of MAKO Girls placement in the industry. The introduction of their teen cosmetics line with Kissable Lips Cosmetics put the group directly in front of the lime light and the sisters embrace it.
MAKO Girls have been featured on top tier blogs such as FreddyO.com, Black Celeb Kids, Drama Like The DJ.com, This Is 50.com, TripleHQ.com, CeeSoDope.com, and Vh1’s Delania Dixon’s Diva Gals Daily. Magazines: Presidential Style Magazine, My Time Magazine, Urban Spice Magazine, Blaze Magazine, Game Changers Magazine, Hype Magazine as the featured “Next To Blow” artist, mentioned in Hip Hop Weekly, as well as gracing the cover of Teen Aman Magazine. Live interviews: Arise360 Entertainment TV, K100 Radio, 108 Praise Radio, and additional radio, magazine and media outlets.
FOLLOW @MAKOGIRLS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUTUBE: MAKO GIRLS ATLANTA.
Contact:
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5 Important Lifestyle Changes to Have a More Successful Life

Many of us have been asking the entrepreneurs what are the good habits or lifestyle changes that are required for a successful life. What do you find in morning schedules and what do you find in lifestyle changes that individuals make, to go from running a successful business or having a good job and a good idea for making something fantastic. 

Here are some of the important lifestyle changes that can help you to be successful.

Be Consistent 

One of the main lifestyle changes you have to make for a successful life is being consistent. Most of the individuals are not consistent. You need to get it. It requires investment for energy to build. You won’t have the success by simply having these short spurts with the long gaps. It’s obviously better to spend 30 minutes to an hour each and every day on your business than one day seven days all in on the organization. 

Identify Your Commitments and Priorities

Have you at any point considered the way that your priorities and commitments are dictated by your needs? Doesn’t it bode well then that if you change the priorities, the behavior will also be changed? The issue with this situation is that changing the priorities is more difficult than changing the behavior. Trying to complete one without the other is very difficult. If you focus on behavior without concerning the priorities, the behavior will dependably return. 

Make an Individualized Strategy 

It is a fact that a single strategy is not suitable for all individuals and sometimes may be risky to your health. Everybody needs an individualized strategy. As individuals, we are physiologically as well as biochemically different. This is definitely why no single strategy or a program works for everybody. If there is such a strategy, everyone would adopt it. 

Know Your Why 

If you don’t know why you need to change your lifestyle, you are bound to lose your inspiration sooner or later to stay on the course. Actually, not knowing your why is the absolute most basic purpose behind the failure to achieve one’s objective. Your why is the real reason for the change. It is your motivation and your inspiration. 

Imagine Your Success 

Imagine your motivation and inspiration and imagine your success. The best method to do this is to envision a day in your life when you have accomplished your objective. Imagine yourself being successful in accomplishing your goal because of the change in your lifestyle. It is a good approach to make reasonable images in your mind of yourself approaching your goals. Envision as it is happening at the moment.

The best thing about your commitment to lifestyle change is that once you really settle on the choice, achieving your objective becomes a result. It’s what we as a whole need and we can have it if we truly, genuinely need it. It is a matter of decision.

Top 5 Businesses to Start In 2019

Choosing the best business idea will be a difficult task for all the entrepreneurs.  Everybody needs to explore the recent trends in the market. If you are searching for the best business ideas to start in 2019, here are top 5 business ideas to start in 2019.

 1. Selling Digital Downloadable Products 

Digital marketing is ever increasing and market utilization is likewise increasing. In this way, you have to make a digitallydownloadable product and sell it. You can make a software application, an eBook, Addon’s, scripts and video tutorials. This business can give you a higher profit with low investment. It tends to be run on the internet along these lines; you won’t require any space or office. It tends to be done from a homeoffice or as a part-time. 

2. Shirt Designing Business 

Shirt designing business has a higher potential for the next 20 years. If you are god gifted in designing and are expert in AdobePhotoshop, you can start your shirt designing business and it is going to be an amazing business. 

3. Professional Blogging Business

These days, bloggers and doctors are earning the same income. You don’t need to be a professional to make a handsome income. You simply need to learn one subject and begin sharing your considerations in the right way. Make sure to be consistent on the relevant writing topic on the important theme and make your blog updated on daily basis. Sharing the views is the best work you can do in this world. Proficient blogging is an incredible method to make handsome income with the low venture. 

4. Niche Freelancing Website Business

These days, everyone is looking for a part-time business especially the students. There are various freelancing sites available in the market. Yet if you make a freelancing site that supports niche freelancing website business, you can get a good number of dedicated specialists who are committed to just singlefieldwork. 

5. Virtual Assistant Services 

When the pre-Recession economy was at the peak, every manager, entrepreneur or the officials had an individual or official virtual assistant.  Many still have full schedules and workload that make having an assistant valuable. To fill this gap, virtual assistants have become a very important part of the sharing economy. As a Virtual Assistant, you can select your customers and make your own timetable managing the bookingtravel, schedule meetings, manage emails and completing the tasks to make your clients’ lives run all the more easily. 

In 2019, entrepreneurs are truly idealistic of things to come. They are earning more incomes, hiring more and paying lower taxes. For some, hiring the freelance workers is the ideal ground to get the work they require while maintaining a strategic distance from extra taxes or a long-lasting commitment. If you have the right stuff entrepreneurs could utilize, you have a very well and profitable opportunity before you. You can even begin effectively by marketing your services on different freelancing platforms.

Why Finance Management is Important For the Success of Your Business

Financial management is an important ingredient in the success of a business. It refers to organizing, strategic planning, controlling and directing of financial tasks in an institute or in an organization. It likewise incorporates principles of applying management to the financial resources of an institute or an organization, while having a significant impact in financial management. It’s a really sad fact that 90% of the businesses fail in their initial ten years, and 60% don’t make it to their third-year celebration.  

The significance of Finance Management

Most businesses go through startup and development periods spending more than they are earning, however, the long haul strength and health of any organization relies upon generating more income than the expenditures. Financially viable organizations must manage the flow of cash successfully enough to abstain from debilitating finance charges and have a sufficient capital on hand that can cover the basic expenditures.  

Reasons Why Finance Management is Important for the Success of Business

Here are some of the reasons why financial management is very important

Reduce Expenditure and Increase Profits 

Business expenditure can cover everything from purchasing supplies and hardware that are basic for the day by day running of your organization, to costs when visiting customers and then some. Good management of finances will identify the areas of overspending or that can be adjusted. 

Guarantee a Smooth Cash Flow 

It is usually a poor flow of cash that sees a business comes up short. Hence, just as securing the initial capital, good financial management includes balancing financial incoming’s as well as outgoings for the organization. With poor income, you can finish up with good outgoings than the approaches making financial issues, while with more prominent approaches you should know where to reinvest successfully. 

Stay on Top of the Legal Costs 

There is a wide range of legitimate expenses businesses must pay, from company tax to liability insurance and others. It is basic that each business stays over these to abstain from falling into any lawful inconvenience and has cost them into their business plan from the initial stages. Clear financial management is a fundamental characteristic of a good financial manager, guaranteeing the business has enough assets to cover different fees alongside back-up if there is an increase in the taxes. Lack of common sense can prompt fines over the taxes owed or even overpaying your business. 

Please the Board and Employees 

Financial management will bring good rewards for the business as well as for those put resources into it. Good financial information will be requested by the board and require skills in funds management and planning. Good financial management is crucial in each business, so growing such abilities or contracting somebody very competent is an absolute necessity for any organization. 

Financial management refers to taking care of the money in an effective way, one where each penny or penny is utilized viably, with the least waste. In a business sense, good financial management is fundamental to guarantee that an organization continues ticking over effectively and does not get into financial inconvenience, as the results could be serious. 

Slim Thug & The BossLife Foundation Held The 2019 BossLife Ball Celebrating Business Leaders!

Slim Thug and the BossLife Foundation hosted the 6th annual BossLife Ball on the evening of January 20, 2019 at The Post Oak Hotel. The BossLife Ball  was created in 2013 to celebrate local and national entrepreneurs, leaders, and those that are excelling in the community. This event  is also to raise funds for  community initiatives, scholarships, and toy drives for local kids in Houston. The 2018 BossLife Ball supported the BossLife Foundation’s efforts to give away a home to a family who lost their home during Hurricane Harvey!

Honoree, Justin Martin of Ijustgothit.com and his wife, Shannon Martin
Slim Thug

The evening started with a star studded red carpet experience hosted by Isiah Carey of The Isiah Factor on Fox 26 which consisted of the 2019 honorees, sponsors, and familiar faces such as Houston’s own Mayor Sylvester Turner, comedian/ artist Lil Duval, TV Johnny, Chamillionaire, Former Miami Dolphins player Alphonso Roundtree, Television Hostess Julissa Bermudez,  Singer Tobe Nwigwe, Justin Martin of IJustGotHit.com, and a host of others.

2019 Honorees:

Lilly’s Kloset

Justin Martin of Ijustgothit.com<http://ijustgothit.com/>

Sascha Stone Guttfreund of Score more / Festival extraordinaire

Turkey Leg Hut

Percy “King”  Creuzot of Frenchy’s Chicken
Shanquita Greggs of Shan Simply scents
Omar Garcia of Fence Geeks
Chamillionaire

Title Sponsors:

Justin Martin, Attorney and Founder of the Godsey Martin Law Firm & ijustgothit.com<http://ijustgothit.com/>

Central Houston Automotive Group

Active Athlete

The Post Oak Hotel

Texas Auto Trim

Ciroc

Remy

Bella Smiles, Dr. Indian Gibson

Deleon Tequila

Aloft Houston Galleria

All Photography by Stixx Williams

Chamillionaire