How This Entrepreneur Switched Degrees to Fulfill a Need In The African-American Beauty Industry

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.

MDMFlow ProductsCOURTESY OF FLORENCE ADEPOJU

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.

 

Women Running in the Elections for 2018

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.

Healthy Eating For Healthy Mental with Chef India Fiasco


Salmon with Spinach and Brown Rice
Under 15 Minute Meal
Makes: 4-6 Servings
Eating healthy plays a major role in mental health. A healthy diet not only creates a longer lifespan but also helps how you mentally function on a day-to-day basis. Eating healthy can be a big challenge to many, but it is a vital aspect of our overall mental and physical health. For example, a single three-ounce serving of wild salmon has more omega-3 fatty acids than just about any other type of seafood. Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids can help stabilize your mood and even make you more agreeable. Research has proven that Omega 3s also help reduce the risk of heart disease. In the near future we have to take accountability of what we are feeding our mind, body and soul and use that to teach others on how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Ingredients

1 Wild Caught Salmon, cut into filets

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

Directions 

1. Preheat Oven (350).

2. Rub salmon filets with 2 tsp oil; sprinkle with seasonings listed. Place salmon on a baking tray that has non-stick oil drizzled on pan. Once placed on pain, pour the 2 tsp of lemon juice. Place the salmon in the oven and let bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the fish begins to flake easily with a fork.
3. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook for about 15-30 seconds. Stir in spinach until wilted. Add salt and pepper and squeeze the lemon wedges over the mixture.
4. In a saucepan, bring water to boil. Add rice and cook.
About Chef India
20 year old, India Williams,  never could have imagined going to the doctor one day and shorty after coming back in for her test results, she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. She got it from a vaccine given to her  from a previous doctor, who injected her wrong. She was paralyzed for 4 months and now 3 years later she has to be tested for multiple sclerosis. However, India has not let this get her down!
While , she was being aided with gaining her strength back, India taught herself how to cook and built a amazing clientele while in college. She also realized how much money her parents were giving the school for meal plans and knew cooking at home would be a more cost friendly alternative. Creating meal plans, created a huge clientele while paying her way through college to be a pilot.
 
Now, adding “Chef India Fiasco” , to her name, this amazing self-taught, 20 year old culinary chef working her way to the top as a college student, one dish at a time. 

David Banner Talks About His Role in New Film “Never Heard,” and Gives Inspiring Words For the Next Generation

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

Social media info for the film: @NeverHeardFilm #NeverHeardMovie @DavidBannerLikesPictures
Link to purchase tickets for the film: fathomevents.com
Never Heard Movie Trailer SEE LINK HERE

How Their One-Year-Old Son Helped Start Their All Natural Juice and Popsicle Business

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.

Singer Arika Kane Speaks on Her New Single “Chains,” Women Empowerment, and More

Songstress & soulful songwriter Arika Kane is one of the music industry’s leading pioneers of substance. With over 50 billboard charting positions under her belt and multiple best-selling singles and albums, Kane is ever growing in her accomplishments.
Arika Kane is known to many as the VH1 Songstress. She has had over 80 synchronization placements within the Viacom network on various shows that include VH1, BET and MTV with multiple features on shows like “Love and Hip Hop”, “Basketball Wives” and “Single Ladies”. Kane scored 2 major theme songs on television with her song “Make It” that you heard on VH1’s TV series “Hollywood Exes” and “Atlanta Exes”.
In 2014, Arika Kane lit up international radio with her song “It’s There”, an epic collaboration with the legendary Brian McKnight. This timeless ballad climbed the U.S. sales charts reaching #1 in R&B. It also climbed the Billboard charts reaching #8 in Billboard Sales and was quickly cherished by music fans of all-genres worldwide.
We spoke to Arika Kane about her new single “Chains,” women empowerment, mental health and more.
LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW 

Breast Cancer Survivor Niya Brown Matthews on How She Turned Her Negative Into a Positive

I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 27 then again at 37.  At this time this disease didn’t run in my family nor did I know anyone with it at that time. It was a simple home exam that I found a lump. Biopsy showed I was already in Stage 2. I couldn’t understand why me, but God reminded me why not me. I turned the negative into a positive.  It was the curse that saved my life. It showed me what was really important in life. God Family Success… in that order. Through chemo, radiation, and lumpectomies  I was able to fight and win. Since my journey I decided to use my story and encourage women to be proactive instead of reactive. Too Fabulous for Cancer Charity Organization was created. Through Charity events we gift women makeovers, stipends, photoshoots to help take their minds off having cancer.. making them feel amazing.
Bio:
Niya Brown Matthews is a Certified Life Coach, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, 2 time Breast Cancer Survivor, Ambassador for Ford Warriors in Pink, and 17 year Real Estate Professional as well as Wife and Mother. She writes inspiring self help books to empower others to overcome their life obstacles and challenges in order to become successful in Life, Love & Career. She attended East Carolina University and is married to retired Super Bowl Champion Eric Matthews of the GreenBay Packers. They are very active in the Atlanta community running their non profit Eric Matthews Matthews Foundation helping low income families and at risk youth. Niya Matthews has been featured in numerous national media EBONY, Black Enterprise, Black America Web, Rolling Out, Mommy Noire & Wendy Williams, ESPN, and Essence Main Stage (twice) as well as featured in Today’s Purpose Woman Magazine to name a few.
She is founder of Two Fabulous for Cancer, a Charity Organization helping breast cancer patients fight the fight as well as the founder of Soulfood Sessions with Niya a Women Empowerment Organization created to uplift, and empower women globally. Her books are sold nationally at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and her website soulfoodsessionswithniya.com
Contact:
Social Media Handles:
IG: @niyabrownmatthews @soulfoodsessionswithniya
FB: @niyabmatthews @niyabrownmatthews @soulfoodsessionswithniya Twitter: @NiyaBMatthews

Breast Cancer Awareness: In Light of October, a New Vaccine is Being Tested

  • Written by Samantha Skinner

A new vaccine is currently in the works and being tested on those that sign up for the task at hand. Hoping that the vaccine targets an aggressive form of breast cancer, it is a cure that so many are hoping and waiting for.

Receiving a grant of $11 million, they are now starting the process and the acceptance of something that might change the fate of so many that are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Those that are going to be able to get this vaccine are patients with the HER2-positive breast cancer because the vaccine hits these specific spots.

There was previously not a way to cut back on these cancer-causing cells, but this new vaccine is not only bringing hope to those patients with this cancer-type, but those patients that are worried about the future of breast cancer.

If this vaccine works, it is going to be one of the biggest breakthroughs that cancer has ever seen and one that is going to bring happiness to a lot of people, especially those that have been developing the vaccine.

The best part is that when the patient is cancer-free, the vaccine is going to work to block the cancer cells from coming back again. The vaccine should work by stimulating the immune systems T-cells so that it can create a strong response overall to the vaccine that is going to be given.

Those that are going to be getting this vaccine are going to be going through a trail run where they test out the effectiveness of the vaccine, but also the long-term symptoms or side effects that might come with it.

As for right now, the world waits, hoping that they found a vaccine that can work to fight cancer causing cells. If this works, then many are hoping it works for other types of cancers.

Understanding Financial Literacy with Jean Paul

“I am a man of numbers & a man that stands up for human rights” —Jean Paul

Financial literacy is having the skills and knowledge needed to make educated and informed decisions based on ones income and assets. It has become popular in the developed world over the last fifteen years within countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.  Financial literacy is essential to both businesses and individuals alike in order to obtain monetary security and additionally have the means to achieve both long and short term goals.

Many educational programs in which financial literacy is taught can be found throughout the developed world and some are offered by the governments of these countries.  I personally recommend taking these courses and remaining financially informed in order to make the correct financial decisions for your future. Furthermore, I would conclude by saying when one is financially literate you can bridge the gap between middle class and upper class.

By educating yourself piece by piece on the importance of finacial literacy , and how to manage your own money  you are creating a limitless life of opportunity & service

Fran Drescher “The Nanny” is Making a Comeback with Cardi B’s Help

Written by Samantha Skinner

Many of the outfits that you would find in the 90’s television show, The Nanny, are starting to come out in the clothing catalogs for this year. Those tight leopard prints and the changes that might have seemed long gone, are back to stay.

Micro-mini skirts and blazers are also a must-have, but who is behind this force when it comes to the fashion industry and those changes being made? Who is the one that is fueling the fire and bringing the 90’s Nanny look back?

While Fran’s wardrobe seems to have been hitting the catalogs, even the 90’s has brought back some of the old favorites on the runway. Versace dug up a bright yellow plaid outfit that seemed to get the attention of everyone involved.

Speaking with Cardi B, there plans to be a lot more going on behind the scenes. Not only with the outfits that are going to be shown off, but in a reboot of the series.

Many think that Cardi B would be “fine” as Fran’s daughter, though this is just speculation, though some of us cannot wait to see if this mix up is going to happen.

Don’t you worry though, Cardi B and Fran are going to dress for success if it does, and Cardi will make sure that there are no mishaps in the dressing room of what should and should not be on the set. Since they both have pretty awesome fashion sense.

There is a lot more to this story, one that is developing, but for the excitement of the Nanny in all of us 90’s lovers, you can be sure that the styles are still going to be “to die fah, ladies!”

It might just be the comeback sitcom on television that we have all been waiting for!