DJ Khaled has Some Words on Asahd’s Success

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Ever since DJ Khaled’s son, Asahd, was born, the music mogul has set up the young tot for success. And now, Khaled is attributing all that hard work and accomplishment to his son!

“I told my son the other day, ‘What you’ve accomplished in one year took me 42 years,’” Khaled told Ocean Drive magazine. “You’re a boss. You’re self-made. You’re the greatest that ever did it. You can be anything you want to be,” he continued.

Those kinds of words of wisdom are what helped launch the producer’s name into mainstream media a few years ago on Snapchat. Then after the birth of his son, Khaled wasted no time in sharing all of that success. His next album, Grateful, had Asahd not only on the cover but listed as one of the executive producers. Time and time again, Khaled gushes about how his son inspires him and how his family travels with him no matter where he goes. Talk about family goals!

Turner Classic Movies will Honor Cicely Tyson with Ceremony

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Cicely Tyson has had an astounding career spanning her lifetime, but now she can add another accolade to her long list. The Tony and Emmy-winning actress will be honored by Turner Classic Movies with a hand and footprint ceremony in recognition of her film career. The upcoming TCM ceremony will run at the same time as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on April 27th.

Tyson is no stranger to awards. This newest recognition comes on top of her 2015 Kennedy Center Award and 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her decades-long work championing civil liberties causes. One of Tyson’s more recent roles is that of Annalise Keating’s mother in Shonda Rhimes’s acclaimed How to Get Away with Murder.

The Instagram Model Who Isn’t Real Takes Over the Internet

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

We know when we go on Instagram that there are going to be pictures that aren’t real. Many of the people we see on social media are “fake” in some way, as in having tons of Photoshop, editing and filters. Shudu, who boasts over 65k followers on Instagram, takes it to a whole new level. In fact, she’s not a real person at all. She was created by a London photographer, Cameron-James Wilson.

As Shudu’s page rose to popularity, people began to question if she was too perfect, since she looks to have absolutely no flaws. Since being outed, Wilson has updated Shudu’s Instagram bio to read, “World’s First Digital Supermodel.” While stunningly beautiful, Wilson’s decision to create her because of “the big movement with dark-skinned models” is very problematic. Many social media users have asked the question as to why he wouldn’t just commission a dark-skinned model for his shoots instead of just creating one. Also, his thoughts imply, in a sense, that black people are trendy, which dangerously strips away their humanity.

What are your thoughts on Shudu?

Here Are 3 of Our Favorite Women Directors

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Woman directors have been taking over Hollywood the last few years and 2018 shows no signs of slowing either. Here we highlight three of our favorites that have made a big impact on the industry:

1. Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman (2017) – Jenkins set records as Wonder Woman became the highest grossing film directed by a woman, surpassing Mamma Mia! Jenkins has already signed on to direct the sequel to our favorite female superhero film.

2. Ava DuVernay – 13th (2016) – DuVernay has been making waves in Hollywood as a director for a while. 2014’s Selma earned her the title of being the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe. 2016’s 13th, a daunting look into the American prison system, made waves with its Netflix debut and earned an acclaimed 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. Angelina Jolie – First They Killed My Father (2017) – While a talented actress, Jolie has solidified herself as a talented director as well. Jolie’s movies usually have a strong political message, i.e. In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken, and First They Killed My Father is no exception. It’s been said that the movie is her best work as a director yet, and has already won her some awards.

Big thanks to these women for help forging a path for other woman directors. It will be interesting to see what these women tackle next in the years ahead!

Actor Julian Brittano Partners With International Association of Women on New Venture To Honor Women

Julian Brittano is not only a rising actor on the move, but an activist and voice for various cause based organizations for women. We spoke with him about his new partnership with IAW ( formerly NAPW,) along with taking a deeper look into the man in front of the lens.

Most fans know you from being apart of the “Greenleaf” show cast, which is produced by Oprah Winfrey. What were you doing before acting, and how did you get started.

I owned a club and restaurant in Virginia. Fortunately for me, I ended up having to be shut down. It messed me up for a little while, but I bounced back. I was alone one day and came to a place of clarity within myself of who I am. So the path began from there starting as a background actor for two weeks to landing on Greenleaf.

As a previous club owner and entrepreneur, how did that experience prepare you for life as an entertainer on the big screen?

Well, on the big screen and tv it is my responsibility to (entertain)engage the viewer, and have them connect to the story. So I’m able to use all of my life experiences as an entrepreneur and club owner, which has allowed me to connect and interact with many different types of cultures and lifestyles.

We know that preparation is key with anything you want to do in life. What are some things you do to prepare your each role you take on?

First I like to look at the overall vibe of the story/ agenda. Once the main characters are identified, then I imagine how my role assists in the story.

Touching a little more on entrepreneurship, what are some things you learned about overcoming failure, being persistent and consistent?

My perspective on failure is simply another opportunity to perfect ones ability to handle a given situation. We all have differentiated learning. So each consistent and persistent attempt at something allows you to learn every aspect of your business, which is a core value of being an entrepreneur.

You seem to have a deep connection working with various women’s organizations. Tell us about your experience with them, and your connection to these organizations as a young male.

As a man that was raised by strong minded women, I was privey first hand to their perspectives and views on different social issues. I’ve also been blessed to have some close female friends that confide in me. With that said, when I realized I had a platform that I can help open up conversation amongst the community by stepping into a gap that most would run from. I’m learning more and more each day that I lend my support and time to help the women empowerment movement.

Speaking of women’s organizations, Tell us about your new partnership with IAW ( formerly NAPW), and was it so important for you partner with them in particular.

They offer a valuable resource of collective networks amongst women of three generations due to the commonality of entrepreneurship and business. I feel like partnering with groups like IAW in particular adds a component to my SOW (Save Our Women) initiative. Which at the end of the day thats is why RTB is a great platform for all women to come together, celebrate and learn from one another.

What are some of the goals that you hope to accomplish through your partnership with this organization?

I would like to see more balance in our society at large between men and women. I also am believing that this will serve as a platform that other male supporters can join in and assist.

What are 3 things your fans don’t know about you that you want them to know?

1. I play multiple music instruments.
2. I used to be 320lbs at one point. But thru dedication and patience, I dropped down to 240lbs, now Veggie Life is what I enjoy.
3. I can only come up with 2.

What advice do you have for upcoming actors and importance of having patience on your way to the top?

You must be patient as well as equally aware of YOUR timing. Not what other people expect or intend for you. Know your own intentions, and why you want to attain certain levels of success. Many people want it all for the fame and popularity. I say, that will all be there if you commit yourself to serving humanity first with your gifts and talents.

Black Panther Brings Big Bucks to Georgia’s Economy

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

One of the most hyped-about superhero movies of all time is also making the Georgia economy some big bucks. As part of Atlanta’s bid to become the next Hollywood, the state of Georgia have been luring big movie and television productions down to the Peach State, and it’s been paying off.

Marvel’s newest venture, Black Panther, has made Georgia almost $90 million in revenue from local vendor and small business purchases. The VP of Marvel had nothing but good things to say about Georgia and continues to bring productions there, including Avengers: Infinity War, which will be released later this year. Looks like the movie business is booming for Georgia and there is no sight of it slowing down!

Bravo TV Reality Star, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Agent Genise Shelton Covers the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine

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.

The Stars of 2017: Women Who Had an Amazing Year

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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.

This New Serena Williams Ad Featuring Her Daughter Will Give You All the Feels

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

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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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This is How Some of Your Favorite Celebrities Are Using Their Cash for Good

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.