Chicago Break Out Artist Aina Brei’Yon Speaks on New Music and Using Her Platform to Raise Awareness

Known for her excuse-free, self-rewarding work ethic, the founder, and CEO of 3K9 Productions is mastering the art of maintaining a successful career as an independent artist. As a native of the Southside (Roseland area) of Chicago, Aina Brei’Yon personifies strength. Since her conception, she has made it very clear that boundaries do not apply to her. Early on in her career, she understood the importance of being true to who she is and embracing idealism. Her reality is defined by her beliefs; a message that transcends through her music. As the second to youngest of 10 children, self-expression and showing any type of emotion was simply non-existent in their family. She says, “I found an outlet with music at the young age of nine.Writing was the only way I knew how to express myself.”

Listen to our full interview with Aina Brei’Yon below

 

5 Business Lessons We Can Learn From Sistahs In Business Expo Founder Aisha Taylor Issah

Sistahs in Business Expo, is the country’s only multi-city small business expo, that was created to celebrate the accomplishments of entrepreneurial women of color, the nations fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs. We spoke to the founder of the expo, Aisha Taylor Issah to find out her 5 business lessons that we can learn from her expo, and in general.

Finance- Financial management is key to the success of your business.  If you can’t manage your personal finances, then you won’t do well at managing your business finances.  Your personal spending habits and credit history will have a significant impact on your ability to secure funding and credit for your business.  

Leadership- An effective leader must have passion for the people they’ve been called or appointed to lead.  Skills and experience are important, but they aren’t everything.  If you don’t care about the success and welfare of the people you lead, then something will always manifest itself that threatens your commitment and humility.  Never commit to leading something that you don’t genuinely care about.  People don’t just want to know that you can lead, they want to see that you care.

Team Work- None of us were created to function in isolation. We inherently need one another.  This is true for both personal and professional endeavors.  A great team makes work easier, more enjoyable, and definitely more effective.  Having toxic or unproductive team members can be detrimental to the ultimate goal.  It’s always best to cultivate a team that is diverse in skillset.  You want people on your team who are strong in the areas where you are weak.  

Having Faith- My faith is the foundation for who I am and everything I do.  There is no question that God has been at the forefront and behind the scenes throughout this entire SIBEXPO journey.  There are times when I’ve wanted to quit or felt like things weren’t going to work out.  But God ALWAYS worked things out and gave me enough hope to keep moving forward.  Faith is critical when you are taking on a task that is greater than you are. There will undoubtedly be disappointment, rejection, delays, and problems that make entrepreneurship challenging.  

Staying True To Your Dreams- There will be many people and experiences that make your dreams seem unattainable.  I’ve encountered all types of obstacles while building SIBEXPO.  There have also been many people who tried to alter my dream to fit the mold of what they found acceptable or attainable.  But I knew what God told me to do.  When God gives you a dream or a vision, you can’t allow anything or anyone to deter you.  God will provide everything you need and put you on the right path.  I’m a living witness!  

Meet Entrepreneur Steven Swing, Owner of Encore Hookah Bar and Bistro

The life of an entrepreneur is full of challenges, that many people don’t understand. It takes a strong willed individual to start a sometimes intangible project, and see it through to the end. Here at VEU Magazine, we appreciate those who set out on this journey to make the world a better place. Checkout out our latest interview with entrepreneur Steven Swing, who is the owner of the Encore Hookah Bar and Bistro located in Atlanta, Ga.  Interviewed by Alex Jordan

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Ex-Periences: What We Can Learn From Our Ex

Written by Dominique Bancey

Earlier I was having a conversation with a friend which then got me to thinking about how I actually think about certain topic. This particular article, is somewhat of a ‘preview’ to the next one. As the title “Ex-periences” suggests, I’ll be discussing exes, and how we can use these experiences with them, to actually help us in our lives rather than make us bitter and upset.

Maturity is something that doesn’t seem to be as common as it should be, unfortunately, especially when it comes on to relationships. In today’s society, many individuals tend to want to find some way to hurt their exes or damage them or cause some form of revenge, just because of the end of their relationship. This doesn’t just showcase immaturity, but it also portrays how childish and petty the other party is. Speaking of pettiness, it’s so funny to me how nowadays it seems like people are ‘praised’ based on how petty they are, which I think is absolutely stupid as a lot of the petty behaviour that people display, tend to be linked to their immaturity.

For me, just because someone and I aren’t romantically or even platonically involved anymore, doesn’t mean that I’m going to hate them and try to hurt them. The ending of any form of relationship can teach us all a lesson. And I’d rather find this lesson and use it to better myself in my life, than use it for revenge.

Often times, the way how we look at past experiences, determines how we live for future ones, and that could explain why so many persons are reluctant about forming new serious relationships with others. As instead of using their past experience as a lesson and deciding to learn from it, they made a decision to use it for bad, as a form of revenge.

Be on the lookout for the next article, as I will be using a personal past ex-perience, to share my lesson.

Until next time.

Why You Should Know About Princess Eugenie and Beatrice’s Fashion Sense

As Eugenie gets ready to become married, this sibling couple is one that doesn’t get a lot of the light shed on them often. This is starting to become apparent, but one thing is for certain, they have a strong fashion sense that should not go unnoticed. As fashion designers in the world of high end fashions and elaborate pieces, they have to find ways to design royal or noble pieces worthy of wearing outside the palace.

They’re Always Marching

One of the biggest things that can be noticed or mentioned is that when they design something and then show it off while leaving their palace, it is always something that coordinates with the other. You will never see them together out of sync. It is unheard of.

They compliment one another and so many are hoping to see many of their fashions come the wedding since they seem to have a good eye for choosing fashions that stand out, that are brave, but also that fit in with the times and with each other. Finding out if they can do the same for the wedding party is also going to be something worth mentioning.

With the fashion that any fashionista would want and an eye for detail, this pair has been sure to be spotted in many places rocking their own choice of fashion around. As fashion icons, especially in England, they continue to inspire and dazzle the crowds with their choices of color and their flair for choosing something well worth the look.

The wedding is going to be one that is going to do the same. With the changes being shown about, their fashion sense is one that continues to be shared globally, with many wonderingwhere they can grab some of these one-of-a-kind fashions.

Study Shows Moderate Alcohol Consumption Leads To Healthier Heart

Written by Aysha Chaudhry 

A new study in the International Journal of Cardiology finds that people who consumed alcohol 3-5 times a week had a healthier heart than those who didn’t drink alcohol at all.

According to the study, alcohol has a direct effect on “good” cholesterol, and it doesn’t matter what type. Wine, beer, and liquor all had the same positive effect. A few drinks every week, spaced out in consumption, will helps ward off heart attacks. This is because wine, beer, and liquor, in their pure forms and when not mixed with sugary substances or mixers, contain extremely low levels of “bad” cholesterol, and can increase levels of “good” cholesterol.

Of course, everything should be taken in moderation. There are many downsides to heavy alcohol consumption, and those downsides can outweigh the positive cholesterol benefits. However, fully abstaining from alcohol may not give you the heart-healthy benefits a couple drinks a week can provide.

Raheem Devaughn Talks on His New Album, Evolution As An Artist, and Mental Health

In the midst of his now decade-long steady climb to international R&B notoriety and prominence, he’s been the singers’ singer a consummate ladies’ man, the fellas’ fella an the “go to” modern-day  R&B /soul crooner  with sensibilities simultaneously grounded in the past and the present.
RAHEEM DEVAUGHN has been many things to contemporary music culture and his ever-expanding core audience, for which he’s amassed a combination of prestigious award honors/nominations and multiple chart-topping releases.  “There’s a lot of talk about ‘King of R&B’ and ‘King of Soul,” but I’ve got enough music for the next ten years,” says the three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter.  “I literally have enough music for the decade to release. If I stopped recording now and said I wouldn’t record for five years, I’ve got enough music for ten. So I can’t wait, because I’m just warming up.”  Hence, on this soul-steeped occasion of his sixth highly-anticipated full-length release, we’ll officially proclaim it as the Decade of a Love King.
We got the opportunity to the speak to with the music artist and talk about his new album, his evolution as an artist, and mental health. Listen below. Interviewed by Tianna Maxon. 

Medical Marijuana To Be Recognized As Treatment Option By Utah and Mormon Church

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reached a deal with pro-medical marijuana advocates to provide Mormons access to alternative medicines.

Previously, the Church and marijuana advocates had been fighting on opposing sides in the wake of the upcoming November elections, which would have determined the fate of medicinal drug use. However, they have been able to reach a compromise that will provide patients with proper treatments, while also establishing a plan to keep marijuana out of the hands of those who want to use it for non-medical purposes.

This is a progressive step for an infamously conservative Church and state, which has been at odds with its increasingly progressive voters. In March, Utah voters were 77% in favor of medical marijuana use. Since the agreement is said to already be in the works, voters now won’t have to await the fate of the medical marijuana industry to be decided by ballot in November.

Chance The Rapper Donates $1Million To Improve Mental Health Services in Chicago

The conversation of mental health is slowly making its way into mainstream media, with more celebrities doing their part to break the stigma attached to it. Music artist Chance the Rapper has pledged $1Million to the mental health services in Chicago, reported by ABC 7 Chicago. He made the announcement during his second annual summit for his non profit organization SocialWorks , which was live streamed during Twitter.
Called “My State of Mind,” the initiative will serve as a mental health resource for Chicagoans. “We need a new space to get information on how they feel and where they can go,” the rapper stated. No stranger to giving back to his community, Chance also donated $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools last year. “This year, 20 more schools will get $100K,” Chance said. “We will be upping the game in terms of equity, in terms of what is rightfully yours. Principals, teachers, we got your back.”
Mental health is one of the least talked about topics, but one of the most important for our society to start embracing.

Modern Muslim Women’s Fashion on Display at San Francisco Museum

Those that are always curious to know what the fashions around the world are like can benefit from seeing what is being offered inside one San Francisco fashion museum. One of the biggest pieces of the fashion that is worn by these women is the head covering that they put on. Covering almost everything but their eyes, it is something that is thought of as restricting, but it does not have to be for those women that prefer to wear it.

This new exhibition shows that these women can express themselves with the right fashion, while also being able to conform to the standards that they want to uphold.

Dolce and Gabbana have some of the most beautiful scarves and when a woman wants to pair one of these with her outfit, she can do this to cover her hair and face. Adding a beautiful hood to a dress is also easily done. Going with lighter colors, yellows, roses, champagnes, can also bring more light to their outfit. There is no restriction on what she is able to do when customizing the outfit, she puts on. She can still feel beautiful, which is what the display aims to show those that come out to see it.

Being shown as the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” it is going to show off around 80 different ensembles that come from 60 designers. They have put together something really special for those that want to either come see the ways they can show off their fashion, or just those interested in learning more.

Some of the designers are from the countries where these fashions are actually worn, which makes them more ideal for those that want to wear something beautiful, but also that follows the law and rules of their religion.

Muslim women should feel beautiful and not targeted. With many options being put on display, they have something to look forward too.