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.

Tiffany Haddish Made History Hosting Saturday Night Live

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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?).

Fingers crossed.

Until next time.

Jada Pinkett Smith & More Honored at 2017 HBCU Power Awards

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

Hill Harper, Mayor Kasim Reed & More Attend Dr. Jackie Walters’ “50 Shades of Pink” Fundraiser

On Saturday October 14th, the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation, founded by award-winning OBGYN and tv personality Dr. Jackie Walters, presented its 5th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Atlanta, Ga.  Atlanta City Hall was immaculately transformed into a pink wonderland of chic decor and “Great Gatsby” glamour, as over 200 guests – dressed in 1920s flapper-style attire – filled the Atrium to celebrate the breast cancer survivors and supporters featured on the runway.
The event began with a heartfelt poem by Hank Stewart followed by welcome remarks from Atlanta Municipal Court Judge and honorary event chair Terrinee Gundy and 50 Shades of Pink Foundation executive director Gary Andrews. Andrews then introduced the evening’s host — actor/author/philanthropist Hill Harper, who shared his story of being diagnosed with cancer several years ago.
The fashion show opener was a lively tap dance routine by Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, after which, dozens of beautiful models strutted the runway in designs by Linda Bezuidenhout and Bramer Leon Couture. The sight of the models – many of whom were recent cancer “warriors” – was inspiring and illustrated the foundation’s mission of catering to the emotional well-being of breast cancer patients and their families.
After the fashion presentation, Hill Harper and Dr. Jackie led an auction to find individual donors to sponsor the 50 Shades of Pink’s signature Gift Basket Program, which provides women with critical items needed to look good and feel good during treatment. The auction resulted in funding for over 100 women to receive baskets.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed closed the program with a surprise check for $20,000 to the foundation to further their efforts to bring comfort and care to breast cancer survivors. Special guests in attendance were Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, “Married to Medicine” stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Mariah Huq, Curtis Berry and many more.
Sponsors of the 50 Shades of Pink Fundraiser were Ford Motor Company, The Cochran Firm, Coca-Cola, Jack Daniels, All N One Security Services and JMW Entertainment. 
Special thanks to event executive producer Eboni Cummings,S.T.E.P.S. Events and the City of Atlanta.
For more information on the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation, visit

3 Ways Issa Rae is Taking Hollywood By Storm

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.

Jidenna, Too Short, Migos and More Headline the One MusicFest in Atlanta, GA

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.

Gospel Music Artist Tina Campbell Covers The September/ October 2017 Issue of VEU Magazine

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.


Grab your copy of the September/ October 2017 issue here

Rihanna Shows Her Dedication To The Education of Girls in Malawi

Music artist Rihanna has definitely gained a reputation for being a humanitarian. In her latest partnership with Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo,  the Clara Lionel Foundation, which is named after her grandparents, has created a campaign called 1 Km Action. Through this campaign, they will raise funds that will go towards scholarships to help hundreds of girls attend secondary schools in Malawi.

Qualifying girls will also receive bikes to ensure they have transportation to and from school. Of the approximate 4.6 million students across Malawi,  according to the foundation, only 8% of students complete secondary school due to poor transport links

“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with Ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education. “It will also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” Rihanna said.

Madonna Opens Children’s Hospital in Malawi Named After Her Adopted Daughter

On Tuesday July 11th, music icon  Madonna opened the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Central Hospital. in Malawi.

The Hospital, which is named for one of Madonna’s adopted daughters, Mercy James,  was funded by the icon’s Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006. The center is also the first of its kind in the African country. Along with Madonna’s two older children, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, from previous relationships,  in 2009 she adopted Mercy James and earlier this year added twins Esther and Stella Mwale to her growing family. Madonna was accompanied by her children, who are originally from Malawi, at the event where she spoke about the importance of opening up the center.
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 “The Mercy James Center remains not only a world-class intensive care hospital, but also a superior learning environment to train the next generation of Malawian healthcare workers. This is as much about healing as it is about empowerment,” she stated. She also said in an opening statement prior to the opening ceremony that  “Malawi has enriched my family more than I could have ever imagined. It’s important for me to make sure all my children from the country maintain a strong connection to their birth nation, and equally important to show them that together, humans have the power to change the world for the better.”  We congratulate  Madonna on such a huge accomplishment, and doing her part to make a difference in the world.