Bravo TV Reality Star, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Agent Genise Shelton Covers the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine. We spoke to Genise about her entrepreneurial journey, her journey to reality TV, and the start of her sex trafficking foundation Our Children’s Keeper. In this issue we also feature R&B Singer VEDO on his musical career from being on THE VOICE Television show, to his continued journey as a singer and songwriter, Orlando nightlife entrepreneur Tony Khuu, and Becky Davis. We also have our usual business, entrepreneurship and other lifestyle articles in health, fashion, food and more.
Photo from SZA Facebook
Written by Aysha Chaudhry
1. Issa Rae – By now, Issa Rae’s name has become synonymous with self-made; the HBO star built her rapport on YouTube and now has every major studio knocking on her door. The second season of her hit show, Insecure, premiered this summer and has already been renewed for a third season. She’s poised to star in and produce some major productions in 2018 and we can’t wait to see what comes next for her.
2. SZA – Named the best album of 2017 by Time, SZA’s debut album, Ctrl, gave us the platinum-selling hits “The Weekend” and “Love Galore.” She has a tour with Bryson Tiller under her belt this year and has five (yes five!) nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards. Looks like this girl is unstoppable!
3. Gal Gadot – Gal Gadot had a unique challenge set out before her when she starred as Wonder Woman. In movie category dominated by alpha-male characters (how many superheroes do we see that are actually women?), she had to not only deliver a performance strong enough to carry a movie with a $100+ million production budget, but she was automatically expected to be a role model for young women. Wonder Woman became the highest-rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes and was an international commercial success. Well done, Gal.
4. Rihanna – We all know Rihanna delivers on everything she ventures into but her Fenty Beauty line, which launched this year, was groundbreaking on so many levels. After battling body shamers and naysayers who said that diverse foundation colors don’t sell, she released a 40-shade makeup line at Sephora and sold out almost immediately. It’s estimated that RiRi made $72 million from Fenty Beauty in one month. If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.
Written By Aysha Chaudhry
Serena Williams and Gatorade teamed up to create a tear-jerking commercial urging Serena’s newborn daughter (and girls around the world) to “Keep Playing.”
While Serena’s daughter doesn’t star in the commercial directly, the message is to inspire Alexis Ohanian Jr. and today’s children to keep playing sports even if they don’t end up playing professionally. Beyond the obvious health benefits, kids can gain a number of life skills from sports including teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving.
This message is incredibly important for young girls, as they are six times more likely to stop playing sports in middle school and high school, compared to boys. This is a huge issue since the vast majority of women in the workplace say that past or current sports participation improved them in some way. The end of the video gives life to this statistic by sharing images of powerful women in the spotlight of when they were younger and actively involved in sports.
Thank you to Serena and Gatorade for executing this message in a personal, emotional and memorable way for women in the workplace now and for the next generation.
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Written by Dominique Bancey
Do you ever sit and wonder what exactly all these celebrities do with the bundles of cash they collect? Other than buying themselves fancy houses, cars, jewelry, and clothes, what do they use it for?
One smart thing some celebrities do with their money at some point in time, is start a charity or foundation to provide for those in need. Here is a list of some celebrities who give back.
– Russell Simmons. His foundation, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, is focused toward young people in America who face disadvantages. It gives them the opportunity to practice art.
– Denzel Washington. He has donated $1 million to Wiley College.
– Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. He has a scholarship program called, Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program, which allows students who are considered to be a minority, the opportunity to gain financial support, a laptop, a yearly leadership conference and mentorship and internship opportunities.
– Usher. His New Look Foundation was created to allow inner-city children to be able to achieve their dreams.
– Sheryl Lee Ralph. She created the Diva Foundation which helps to raise awareness and fund HIV/AIDS prevention.
– Jennifer Hudson. She has teamed up with Weight Watchers’ Lose for Good Campaign to assist in the fight against world hunger.
– Kerry Washington. She has joined the Uptown Girls Benefit to uplift young women in Bronx, New York, to fight against the afflicting statistics they face.
– Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty. She created a foundation in the name of her grandparents’. The Clara Lionel Foundation is geared towards children in the Caribbean who would like to attend university in the states but cannot afford it.
There are many other celebrities who do the best they can to support and help the less fortunate in the world. Many times we do not notice the good these celebrities do, because the media tends to focus on the more awful things.
How about we turn that around?
Let’s focus on the positive instead of the negative.
Until next time.
Written by Dominique Bancey
Do you watch Saturday Night Live? Ever heard of it? Seen gifs or videos from an episode or two?
Whether your answer was yes or no, it doesn’t matter. Saturday Night Live is becoming the talk of the town, and here’s why:
They have made history!
“What kind of history?” You may ask.
Tiffany Haddish became the very first black female to host SNL in its 43 seasons. That is quite shocking, isn’t it? 43 years, and not one single black female has ever been a host. At least now it has been done. So is this a step in the right direction? Does this mean that we shall look out for more black females hosting SNL in the near future?
I’d like to think so, but only time can truly tell.
So who exactly is Tiffany Haddish? What does she do? Where is she from?
Well, did you watch Girls Trip? No? Did you at least see the advertisements? I’m sure you could not have avoided those.
Tiffany is best-known for co-starring in Girls Trip, even though that isn’t her first movie, and hopefully will not be her last. She is a comedian and actress and I know I cannot be the only one waiting to see what else she has in store. As a matter of fact, she is set to star in the upcoming film, Night School in 2018. Kevin Hart will also be featured in the film. Should be an interesting watch with those 2, shouldn’t it?
But while we are on the lookout for her starring in any other movies, we are also on the lookout for any more records being broken, especially by SNL (maybe the first 5 black female hosts?).
Until next time.
On October 20th, 2017 Morehouse College presented the HBCU Power Awards in Atlanta, Ga during its homecoming weekend. Hundreds of guests gathered at Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel in Atlanta to celebrate eight individuals who have made significant achievements in their respective fields: actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Coltrane Curtis (founder, Team Epiphany), Kyle Hagler (president, Next Management), Nzinga Shaw (Chief Diversity Officer, Atlanta Hawks), Keinon Johnson (VP, Urban Promotions, Interscope Records), Phylicia Fant (SVP, Publicity, Warner Bros Records), Beverly Anderson (EVP, Cards & Retail Services, Wells Fargo) and Rob Rumley (Chair, Atlanta Housing Authority).
Produced by Morehouse alums Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins (c/o ’96), Jash’d Kambui Belcher (c/o ’99) and Roderick Hardamon (c/o ’98), the HBCU Power Awards was full of exceptional moments: an opening “Swag Surfin'” performance by the Morehouse Glee Club and Horns section; co-host Deon Cole keeping the audience laughing; the crowd singing along to “Focus” during R&B singer H.E.R’s performance; an impromptu stroll in the aisles from an Omega Psi Phi frat; the music by DJ Trauma; Coltrane Curtis’ emotional tribute to his late father; and Jada Pinkett Smith’s moving words on the dynamics of power and the responsibility we all have to manage it wisely.
Special guests included producer Will Packer, supermodel Jessica White, actor Michael Jai White, style expert Tai Beauchamp, Atlanta Hawks Foundation EVP David Lee, creative consultant and entrepreneur Taiye Samuel, radio/tv personality Gary “With The Tea” Hayes, singer Dondria Nicole, rapper Silento, author Zane and many more.
Photography provided by Marcus Ingram of MIE Images
Written by Valerie Holland
Unapologetic with her periodically controversial sound bites, yet still adored by millions of fans, Issa Rae is a force to be reckoned with. She has carved a lane on a highway that everyone thought was full. Beginning her public debut as a YouTube personality and turning that brainchild into an HBO hit comedy is nothing short of astonishing. At 31, the actress, writer, director and (now) Cover Girl is opening the minds of young girls everywhere to all of the possibilities at the crossroads of hard-work and determination. Thus, below are just a few reasons why Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae Diop is stealing the hearts of her fans and winning in 2017.
From YouTube To HBO
Just over ten years ago, when YouTube was a relatively empty place for people to post videos for their family and friends to view, no one could conceive the powerhouse it has become. Now, in addition to Justin Beiber, Issa Rae has become a name synonymous with YouTube’s magical ability to launch people into super stardom. Beginning with her “Awkward Black Girl” YouTube series in 2011, just 6 years later, Issa now carries the accolades of Golden Globe nominee, New York Times Bestseller and HBO producer on her curriculum vitae (not that she’ll ever have to use it again).
She’s Becoming a Pop Icon
From her iconic wardrobe on Insecure, to the Spotify playlists inspired by the show’s phenomenal sound tracks, Issa is making a huge impression on American pop culture. Her recent Lemon Pepper Kickback party hosted right here in Atlanta, GA sparked serious envy on social media by fans that were crying to be invited to the next event. A call for turning the star-studded gathering into an annual festival was even requested by some fans. The jury is still out on whether Issa, Donald Glover and her other celeb friends will grace the streets of Atlanta with a another party, but her down-to-earth attitude and relatable shenanigans definitely has her 1.3 million Instagram followers hooked on her unique style and tastes.
The Newest Face of Cover Girl
As if having a hit HBO comedy series wasn’t enough, Issa Rae along with Ayesha Curry have become two of the latest additions to the coveted “Cover Girl” club. After Queen Latifah widened the door for women of color in 2006, the beauty world has clung to the new paradigm and now Issa has become memorialized in its Hall of Fame as well. On her Instagram announcement of the news, Issa wrote “I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head. Never EVER in my life did I imagine I’d be one. I am SO honored and SO excited for what’s to come.”
Considering all that Issa has accomplished in the relatively few years she has been in the Hollywood limelight, I for one, look forward to all that is to come for her as well. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to wait for the 2018 premiere of Insecure Season 3, keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll soon get more than 8 episodes or longer than 30 minutes. I’d pay good money for either.
Written by Abner Jackson III
The eighth annual One Musicfest took place at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA on September 9th 2017. This year’s Musicfest was headlined by a host of platinum selling artists including Ro James, Too $hort, and Jidenna, who performed in the earlier part of day. Jidenna performed his hits “Classic Man” and “Bambi”. Music artist Pastor Troy, 8ball & MJG, Damien Marley and Migos also performed in the middle of the show.
Pastor Troy put on a show for his hometown crowd and 8ball & MJG performed a lot of hits that made them one of the best rap duos in the rap game. Migos represented for Atlanta with hits such as “T-Shirt”, “Bad and Boujee”, “Slippery”, “Fight Night” , “Versace” and more. Migos brought out Jacquees to perform B.E.D. and the crowd went crazy for his brief appearance.
Yasiin Bey known to most people as Mos Def had his farewell concert. Bey definitely put on a great show for the crowd with this being his final performance of his musical career. After many great performances by different artists, Jill Scott closed out the One Musicfest. Scott not only put on a great performance, but makes it a priority to talk to and interact with her fans. The One Musicfest is definitely something to look forward to for next year, and something that all music fans would enjoy.
Grammy award winning gospel music artist, and one half of the Mary Mary gospel group duo, Tina Campbell covers the September/October 2017 Issue of VEU Magazine. She gives us an open, honest interview and look into her life of faith, family, and forgiveness. As our “Good Music” edition, this issue also features interviews with legendary 90’s R&B group BoyZ II Men founding member Marc Nelson, member of the platinum selling group Floetry, Natalie “Floacist” Stewart, and upcoming music artist to watch Casme’ based in New Orleans’, and Kelsey Nykole out of Atlanta, Ga.
As with every VEU Magazine issue, we also give you positive nourishment and education for your mind, and soul with articles such as: 3 Business Apps every business owner should be using, 5 businesses that cost nothing to start, Autumn Fashion Trends by Atlanta fashion blogger Rashad Sherman, Caffeine:The Deadly Culprit, and more. In our VEU Your Awareness section, we speak to Alabama native Ro Monroe about her experience parenting a child with the little known disability, Treacher Collins Syndrome.
VEU Magazine, which was created by fashion designer and entrepreneur Adrena Martin- Tolbert in September of 2015, is a positive lifestyle publication for entrepreneurs and visionaries, with a goal of motivating, inspiring and educating the world one article at a time.