Michael Majesty and Status Publicity Host 2nd Beauty and The Boss Event

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On Sunday February 21st, 2016, Michael Majesty and Status Publicity hosted their 2nd installment into the Beauty and The Boss workshop series at Kapture located in Atlanta, Ga .We were first introduced to the Beauty and The Boss workshop event in October of last year, which featured some of the biggest names in the Atlanta business, fashion, and entertainment industry. The 2nd edition was even bigger and featured more top industry professionals including: Boss Chix, Porsha Ferguson, A’lana Banks, Sarah Lowe, Slim Barbiie, Jocynthia Mason, Queen of Abs, Priyanka Banks, La’ Princess The Hair Slayerr, and Robin Dyke.

The event was also moderated by Chere Hemphill

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The Beauty and The Boss Workshop provides an opportunity for aspiring and current entrepreneurs alike to come out in a professional environment and gain valuable knowledge from seasoned veterans in their industry. Upon first entering the event venue, guests were greeted with a warm welcome from the Status Publicity team. The atmosphere was calm, and everyone in high spirits with one agenda in mind, learning more of what it takes to be a BOSS in your particular field of work. Entrepreneurship is hard, but listening to the seasoned panel of professionals made it look all too easy.
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Along with the guest speakers, this event also featured a mini fashion presentation by plus size clothing designers, Fluff Couture, great food, delicious desserts by local Atlanta business owner Minisins, and good networking. Overall the Beauty and The Boss workshop event was a huge success, and left guest feeling empowered and inspired to continue on their journey in their business, and life in general.
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Special Thanks Goes To:
The Ultimate Retreat , French Kiss Vodka, Venice Extensions NYC, DJ Swaye, Elite Famed Ent, Minisins, Siege Magazine, VEU Magazine, Match Lash,  Beautiful Textures, The Evolution of She, Private Pleasurez,  B.A.U.S.E University, Kon’Ceited Doll, Doll House Fantasy, Ms. Gynesis, Jus4lovephotos , Seabrook Photos, Moments by Farrah, Let’s Talk,  and more.
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Be sure to follow @michaelmajesty @statuspublicity on all social media site and be on the lookout for the next installment of the Beauty and The Boss workshop event series.
Next stops Alabama & Florida
Contact majestysinfo@gmail.com to get involved as a  vendor or sponsor
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Samsung to pay Apple over half a billion dollars for patent infringement

image.jpgIn a case that opened nearly 5 years ago against Samsung by Apple, they were found guilty of copying certain aspects of the iPhone and iPad without permission , including the patent for it’s famous pinch to zoom feature on both the iPhone and iPad devices.  Apple was initially awarded $1 billion from the South Korean tech giant in the long trial, but Samsung has agreed to pay $548 million to settle the dispute, according to court filings. To compete the transaction, Apple must submit an invoice for the amount before the weekend arrives in South Korea. Even with the large settlement, the long battle between the 2 companies is still not quite over. A report states that Samsung says that it reserves the right to ask for its half billion back in the event that any future court findings change the judgment.

 

What are your thoughts on this? What are you doing to protect your business from copycats?

From Homeless Man To Business Owner

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When you are down to the worst point in your life, what do you do? Do you stay down and complain about your situation, or figure out what it takes to get out of your situation and make it better? That’s exactly what 28 year old restaurant owner Darnell Ferguson did. About 3 years ago Darnell Ferguson, who earned the title “Superchef” while in culinary school at Sullivan University, was at once just a young man with no direction in his life. Although he was making a name for himself in the culinary world, that still wasn’t enough to keep him from sleeping in his car, and feeling alone. His one-of-a-kind breakfast creations include red velvet pancakes filled with whipped cream, roasted red pepper grits, beignets, granola encrusted French toast, homemade candied sausage, peanut butter and jelly oatmeal and more. By 2008, he was able to add the the title of “Olympic Chef” to his resume, when he was chosen to cook for the Olympic team in China. Darnell was blessed to be featured in Louisville’s most prestigious kitchens, including Proof on Main and Napa River Grill, which is how SuperChef became his identity. Even with all these things going on, he was still having brushes with the law, and knew he was headed in the wrong direction.

After he  graduated from college, earning his associates degree,  he continued selling drugs ( which he started while in school to cover expenses,) instead of pursing a career as a chef , until his luck had finally run out. Ferguson was arrested eight times in a three-month period, which caused him to lose everything including being evicted by his landlord, leaving him homeless. While Ferguson was living out of his car, his mom suggested he go back to church, which is something he had done as a kid. He decided to attend Southeast Christian Church, because of the large size. “I knew I wouldn’t stand out there. I didn’t want to go to some small church where visitors stand up and everybody looks at you. I wanted to hide somewhere.” he said . In 2011, the church hosted a fall retreat that he decided to sign up for an attend. It was at this very retreat that his life took a turn for the better. Not only was he hungry for the cooking, but for the Lord, and a new beginning on his life.

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While sitting in a McDonalds, he was approached by an acquaintance who owned the Chicago Gyros across the street, about renting the kitchen for breakfast. Ferguson knew it was a great opportunity to rebuild.
In the spring of 2012, he opened SuperChef’s Breakfast Restaurant with partner Ryan Bryson, a friend from junior high school. More recently he opened up a more permanent storefront on July 9th of this year located in Louisville, Kentucky. His favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

His story of triumph just goes to show that anyone has the power to change their situation. It all starts with a thought and the will to move forward.

Michael Jordan Sues Grocery Store Chain Over Ad

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Michael Jordan is suing another grocery store brand over the unofficial use of his name in an ad. Back in 2009, the  Jewel-Osco and Dominicks grocery chain stores both ran ads in a special edition issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine. The ads were both used to congratulate Jordan for making the Hall of Fame. Back in August, he was awarded $8.9 million by a Chicago jury, because Dominick’s used his image without permission. Not only did the ad congratulate him, but also featured a steak coupon below.

Jewel-Osco now has a December trial date set for their ad the the same Sports Illustrated magazine, where their ad called Jordan a “shoe in” , displayed his #23 shoes, along with the Jewel Osco logo. The Federal appeals court decided that the store chain was not protected by their First Amendment rights, because the speech was commercial.

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In the world of business, this serves as a valuable lesson for others, and your rights in protecting your brand. Although the stores weren’t harming anyone with the ads, the name “Michael Jordan” is still considered a brand, which must be used with proper consent.

What are your thoughts on this news?

LinkedIn Settles $13 Million Email Lawsuit

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Most business professionals either have an account with, or are familiar with the social media website LinkedIn. You may also be familiar with the numerous amount of emails you receive from them regarding connection request, which can sometimes be annoying. Well, the site has just settled a $13 million lawsuit over the “Add Connections” feature on its site, where it would automatically send email request to people on your behalf, based on the people on your email contact list.

LinkedIn sent out an email this past Friday, informing its users of the class action settlement, which will affect members who used the sites “Add Connections” feature between September 2011 and October 2014. Users were saying that unwanted emails were sent on their behalf. As of now, all affected parties who filed a claim can receive up to $1,500 each, but the actual amount still needs to calculated based on how many people filed claims against the site.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you feel the Add Connections feature is annoying?