The former First Lady Michelle Obama is still winning even after her tenure with her husband at the White House . Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13.
Her book sold more than 725,000 copies on its first day, making it one of 2018 biggest debuts. Crown also stated that “Becoming” is currently the No. 1 adult nonfiction title in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark and Finland. 200,000 copies have been sold in Germany, prompting a second printing of 100,000 copies.
Salute to Mrs.Obama and congratulations to all of her current and future success.
Many are familiar with the snacks, but not the man behind the brand. We had the opportunity to speak with business mogul, and serial entrepreneur James Lindsay, on the beginning stages and growth of his multi million dollar Rap Snacks empire. “It is important to really build a team and have those good people around you as much as possible, especially when you are in the initial stages of starting your company,” he stated.
In this issue, we also feature articles on Health and wellness by Roots Juice and Pops, business, fashion, and more.
CLICK HERE to Read More of his story in the Nov/ Dec 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine.
I chose this dish for the omega-3 fish oil that is in the salmon that is good for mental health and docosahexaenoic acid which are well known for their heart health and skin benefits. However, fish oil also has an incredible impact on the brain, especially when it comes to mild memory loss and depression. When we consume whole grain and beans and green vegetable such as a black kale is good to improve mental health and memory.
Chef Patrick faced many struggles related to food scarcity as a youth, and this time in his life led to a great appreciation for spices in general and inspired him to make a line of cooking flavorings and other accessories. As a brand ambassador for Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, the chef has had the opportunity to travel and network. Not only can he throw down in the kitchen, Chef Patrick also specializes in ice sculpture carving, culinary writing, and in the spotlight as host of TEMPO network’s Cook-Up with Chef Patrick. His expanding empire includes a world-renowned motivational tour to schools, colleges, and career institutes to speak to the youth and students of all ages, plus plans for a culinary school to launch in Jamaica in February 2019.
Having a lack of representation in the African American community, there was one thing this entrepreneur did to change things for the community and the makeup world around her.
Originally going to school for pharmacy, she turned her sights to something she felt would make an impact in the world she lives in.
Her name is Florence Adepoju, but known as Flo and she was going to school on a medical track, looking to work in the world of pharmaceuticals when she had a change of pace, an idea to be an entrepreneur with a jetsetting start on the world.
Looking into the world of cosmetics since 2013, she has a brand known as MDMFlow. Working on the side with a cosmetics company and loving every minute of it she realized that she could make a living doing something she loved and not just making a living to get by. When women came in and wanted something that went with their darker skin tones, the line just didn’t cater to that side of things, so she would have to nicely let them down telling them they just didn’t carry those shades.
Realizing that this was something she could work towards and put her full potential into, she developed a cosmetic line that actually caters to these darker skin tones and really makes them stand out. After spending time abroad and changing her major to Cosmetic Science, she realized that so many other brands were facing the same troubles as the first.
As a woman in the field, one of color, she decided to brand herself and her own skin tone. With different shades that fit different women, as well as marketing that was meant for women of color, she was able to grab the market by storm.
Starting the business in her parent’s backyard shed, she created a line that so many women currently know and love.
Written by Samantha Skinner
As we embark on this journey of change and hope in our world, we also embark on the many changes that might take place when it comes to voting season. The time for voting is now and when it comes to who you’re going to choose, you might not know about all of the candidates that are on the list.
There are actually quite a few strong women on the line up, many more than you would see in recent years, making it a year of change in many different ways and more way than one. Meet some of the women that are going to be running for the elections.
According to the New York Times, this is the most diverse the political pool has been ever. There is an increase in women and different minorities, as well as others coming into the mix and putting their names out there. It is sure to be one different type of election, a very interesting one, to say the least.
There are currently 260 women that are listed on the directory for the Center for American Women and Politics. With this number being so high, it is expected that it is going to continue to climb even further. Additionally, 60 of these women are currently running for senate or house during the elections. Some have owned their own businesses, others have backgrounds in political sciences and some are well known top of the line people at big businesses.
These women are all U.S. congressional nominees that are running during the elections, keep an eye out for their names – Chrissy Houlahan, Lena Epstein, Lea Marquez Peterson, Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, Dee Thorton, Elaine G. Luria and Jane Raybould amongst others.
These women get out there and inspire other women to do the same. As the world changes, it is important to note that as women, we can do anything we set our minds too and get to where we want to be.
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2 Tsp of Organic Olive Oil
1 Minced Garlic Clove
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Pepper
1 Tsp Parsley
2 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Pack of Fresh Spinach
1 Box of Brown Rice
Lemon & Lime Wedges
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David Banner is well known not only for his musician talents, but his acting abilities as well. We had the chance to speak to the entertainer about his role in the new film “Never Heard,” along with leaving I
Listen to the full audio interview below
Description of Film:
Aaron Davis (Banner) is accused of murder and incarcerated for a crime he swears that he did not commit. His son Jalen (Miller) is forced to grow up on the streets of Los Angeles without the guidance of a father and primarily raised by his mother Shala (Givens) and Grandmother Camilla (Karen Abercrombie). Jalen finds his life at risk after his friend Diggy (Talton) decides to partner with one of the biggest drug dealers in the city leaving a large debt to be recouped. Everything seems to turn around when Aaron is reminded to put his faith in God first and use the power of prayer to help solve his problems. Will Aaron find a way to prove his innocence and save his son’s life before it is too late?
“I think this movie will really resonate with many families worldwide,” director Josh Webber said. “In life, we are constantly faced with choices and each choice you make has their own set of consequences. Never Heard teaches us that sometimes we may make the wrong choice yet it is never too late to change your course and find the righteous path.”
Listen to the Full Interview Below. Interviewed by Alex Jordan
A new business is usually birthed from the need to find a solution to a problem. Even the youngest members of our family and friend circle can spark our most innovative ideas. That is exactly what happened for Roots Juice & Pops founders Derek Hardge and Adashia. Read more about their road to entrepreneurship below.
VEU- Give us a little background information on you both
Adashia & Derek Hardge, owners of Roots Juice & Pops. We met at Georgia Southern University in 2011 and now have two sons, aged 1 and 4. Adashia is a native of Dallas, TX and enjoys cooking and spending time with family. Derek is a Detroit, MI native and loves marketing, spending time with his family, and sports.
VEU- Explain how your kids inspired the concept behind the brand
We actually began juicing when our oldest son was about 1-1/2 years old. When he was an infant, he would eat almost anything that you sat in front of him. Once he began to explore real foods, his taste buds started changing and unfortunately he began refusing fruits and vegetables. We began juicing in 2015 to ensure that he was getting the vitamins and nutrients that his growing body so heavily relied on. After the birth of our second son, we began making all natural popsicles to help combat his teething pains. When it was time to decide if Adashia would be returning to work, we decided to give entrepreneurship a shot with our juices and popsicles we’ve spent years making. Our oldest son loves to help make our juices while our youngest son loves to gnaw on our popsicles. After setting up multiple tables, creating recipes with mom, and handing out countless amounts of samples, our oldest son was officially crowned the President of Roots. Our youngest son currently holds the title of Quality Analyst (aka product sampler) 🙂
VEU- What were some of your initial challenges with starting the brand and how did you overcome them ?
6 months before we started Roots Juice & Pops, we relocated to Memphis, TN. It was a city in which we had never visited and knew absolutely nothing about. To be in a brand new city where we have no connections and no knowledge about where to go, the “who’s who”, or how the laws are regarding small businesses was a huge challenge we had to overcome. Thankfully, the people in Memphis were so helpful in guiding us in the right direction and sharing their knowledge about entrepreneurship with us. We started out going to farmer’s markets and small businesses to speak to the owners and employees about how they got started and what advice they had for new business owners in Memphis. There’s also so many non profits in Memphis that began solely to ensure that small business owners succeed in Memphis by offering free classes and resources that we utilized.
VEU- What separates your brand of natural products from other companies?
Yahoo Finance reported that the juice industry is on target to exceed $8.1B by 2024. It seems that there are new juice companies popping up every day now. Like other companies, we promise to source organic ingredients whenever possible and we also use locally grown fruits and vegetables to promote socio-economic growth in Memphis. What sets us a part from other companies is that we don’t believe in “one size fits all” juicing techniques. We let it be known that our juice cleanses and products are customize-able. So many people have allergies and dietary restrictions. We never want to turn a customer away simply because one of our juices contains an ingredient that cannot be consumed by that customer. We take the time to tailor our customer’s needs and truly focus on the customer because no two customers are the same. We’re not about just making the sale. We want to ensure that our customers are happy with their products and they don’t get a “cookie cutter” experience from Roots.
VEU- What are 3 tips you can give for healthy eating with children and in general?
1. Eating healthy starts early. The earlier that you can introduce a colorful diet to your children, the easier it will be for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are older.
2. Be cognizant of how you respond to food around your children. Children are sponges, especially in their younger years as they look for guidance and wisdom from their parents. When you say things like “I don’t like broccoli” in front of your children, they hear that and automatically form an opinion about broccoli.
3. Make eating healthy fun. We found that when we allowed our children to cook with us, they’re more likely to eat what they helped create. The same thing goes for adults. From gluten free cookies to vegan pizzas, the possibilities are endless!
VEU- What’s next for Roots Juice and Pops?
Oh man! We have so many things in store for Roots and can’t wait to share it with our customers. Right now we are focusing on two major goals for the start of 2019. First on our list is nationwide shipping. Since our products are not pasteurized, our juices must be consumed within a 4 day time frame. We are working on logistics to ensure our products get to our customers in a timely manner without compromising the quality of our products. Second on our radar is a food truck. So many of our customers want to eat healthier and our food truck will combine the best of juicing, frozen treats, and healthy meals.
VEU- What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs about following your dreams
Stay focused! You always hear the “how I got rich” schemes about entrepreneurship and it seems to sound so easy. ITS NOT! Accepting this reality is extremely challenging. It’s very easy to get discouraged and feel like quitting. Our best advice is to stay focused on the goals that you want to attain and set small goals and plans to figure out how those larger goals can be attained. And when those plans fail, remain focused and come up with new ways to attain those goals.