Category Archive : Entrepreneurs

Soul Singer and Entrepreneur Casmè Host Sold Out Concert in New Orleans

On May 31st, 2021, New Orleans, LA based music artist and entrepreneur, Casmè hosted a sold out “Soul Sistas” concert along with artist Tamara Jade at Cafe Istanbul  in New Orleans. The two ladies and  The Voice alum, connected while filming the show last season, and have stayed in touch ever since. 

The event started off with performances from other local artists who opened the show, then led to Tamara Jade who tore the house down with her original pieces, and soulful medley. Casmè closed the night off with original music from her catalog that spans over 20 years. One of the highlights of the evening was the Second Line dance that Casmè led to her song “Nola Step.” For those who aren’t familiar with Second Line, this is a popular New Orleans dance that is done in celebration of something.

 The New Orleans Powerhouse is known to captivate audiences with her bubbly personality, sultry voice and energy, that can light up the darkest rooms. When asked for her thoughts on the event Casmè stated:


“It was a sold out sensation! I could not have asked for a better event!”

This event was full of good energy and food, as guest were able to chose from two black owned restaurants that were setup outside of the event.  

After the excitement and great feedback from this recent event, it’s given her more fuel. Making her very excited for the future to come in her live singing career. Her next live concert will be held at Café Istanbul on June 30th.

About Casmè 

Traveling the world as an entertainer and philanthropist, this star striking vocalist recently released her newest collection of work titled, “GUMBO”. Which includes over 40 records from all genres of music including Soul, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Folk & Pop. For the past six years, CASMÈ has been Ranked #1 on Major Music Platform ReverbNation, as well as the Winner of many talent competitions including ESSENCE Fest & NOMS 2019 “New Orleans Music Showcase”,  Arthel Neville’s “Sing Like a Star” and more. 

She is a former singer for many major artists such as BoB, Trina Braxton, American Idol’s Kimberly Locke, Keith Urban, Carl Thomas, Aaron Hall, Lil G(Silk), Tony Toni Tone’ and more whom have all influenced her musical style.

Through her rigorous work effort and vast talent, she has landed many major opportunities to perform locally and worldwide including Essence Fest, Jazz Fest, News With A Twist, Jazz In The Park, WWLTV Morning Show, Walmart’s Music Commercial “The Receipt”, Steve Harvey Morning Show, 106&Park, Wendy Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, The View and more. 

To learn more about CASMÈ and “GUMBO”, visit her online at https://www.iamcasme.com/ and her social media page – Instagram – @iamcasme

Musician, Professor , Entrepreneur and True Idol—Meet Alain Merville

Husband, father and true pioneer in the music and business worlds—Alain Merville is a generational pioneer. Founder and CEO of YousicPlay, music professor at Berklee College of Music and director of operations for Sugar Babies Inc., gives us an insight on how he has gone from the student to master. 

Starting Piano at the age of 14, Alain fell in love with the concepts of music. After a year of private lesson’s from his mentor, Alain was invited to mold his talents on the road. Being the only key player and fresh into the music world, he witnessed firsthand the challenges that awaited him. Feeling he was not the best but possessing a great work ethic toward the endeavors he felt passionate about. Practicing nearly 8 hours a day developing himself until gaining interest in Berkeley College his senior year.

Coming into music at a later age rather than the “typical” age, Alain attended Berkelee College of Music, the number one contemporary music school in the world and had a most humbling experience. Exposing him to things he would have never been exposed to had he not ventured onward. Challenges are more so opportunities to him, while learning the business and education aspects of music, he embarked on a journey of connecting with individuals doing the things he wanted in life or had interest with. Berklee was the one place in the world at the time where he could be connected with people who were great in the areas he learned in. This is what he had to say on the cultural standpoint at Berklee, “From a musical standpoint there’s a heavy black culture, outside of politics which I typically don’t get involved in. Whereas most schools focus on certain styles or genres, Berkeley is a pot of different styles, from Hip-Hop, Choir, Jazz, and many more styles containing different ethnicities and cultures.”

When asked in an interview with Historically Black Since, “What is YousicPlay”, this is what Alain had to say, “So YousicPlay is a music e-learning platform where music students, and music enthusiasts can learn music from any level, from celebrities, influencers to elite level college instructors along with an AI (Artificial Intelligence) that functions as your own virtual tutor. The vision was really providing musicians with a platform that gives you direct access to the best musical minds in the world. Also the benefit of an in-person experience, because in person, you get the benefit of immediate feedback from your instructor to let you know how well you’re doing. On the recorded courses, there’s no accountability to let you know how well you’re doing so we wanted to provide the best of both worlds. So that’s the vision behind the AI aspect of it, which communicates with you and lets you know how well you’re doing from from exercise to exercise.”

This is an amazing platform if you wish to level up your music skills!

To learn more about Alain and Yousic, visit him online at  https://yousicplayacademy.com/p/advance-gospel-keys-master-class  and his social media pages – Instagram – @alainmerville and Instagram: – @yousicplay 

Gil and Renee Beavers

Meet Gil and Renee Beavers, the Power Couple Inspiring Singles and Couples Around the World

Gil & Renée are the hosts and creators of the Rich Relationships Podcast,  Book and coming soon the refuge. They have a couple of desires to provide the tools, principles, and community needed to grow and change. Their passion is to aid individuals in building, repairing, and restoring relationships that matter.

Rich Relationships with Gil & Renée is launching their self-paced “Rich Relationships Refuge,” which is a safe place for single and couples to change and grow. This group course is community-centered and private.

Gil & Renée have been featured on CBS, NBC, TBN, Atlanta Live, HOT 108 FM,  the Huffington Post, and  LV & Sheen Magazine.

Listen to the full interview below to learn more about this power couple

Gil and Renee Beavers

Click the link below to learn more about the new course
http://www.richrelationshipsus.com/

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5 Things Every New Business Owner Should Know

5 Things Every New Business Owner Should Know with Attorney David M. Walker, ESQ

David M. Walker, ESQ is a Detroit native who never imagined his life would be what it is today. Not only is he an entrepreneur, but he is also small business attorney. Working exclusively with start-up and small business owners to help them establish businesses, he has a passion for equipping entrepreneurs with the tools that are needed to establish capital and assert themselves in the modern business world. 

Through his hard work and drive, he has had a burning passion to work with entrepreneurs since 1998. This is what he had to say during an interview on Historically Black Since, “Before I became a business attorney, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. David is also the owner of Positivity Alkaline Water.  He stated “Ever since I walked into my first bottled water plant, I have been on a mission to build an efficient bottled water production and recycling facility for black communities.”

You can never have enough facts, but there are five secret tips every business owner should know when they are first starting out :

Tip 1 :Shift your mindset from employee to business owner 

3-8% people Americans get their money solely from their business. Meaning they don’t get a check from anyone or anything else , but their business. There is risk involved in it. You have to take risks to be a business owner. Most people don’t know about the stats. People know about many things that don’t have to do much with business. You have to think differently. You can’t think the same way you did as an employee, while being a business owner. You have to always be thinking of innovative ways to bring more money into the business , and not always worried about have them expenses. Focus on driving more revenue into the business, and let the expenses fall where they may

Tip 2: Learn how to manage your time

As an entrepreneur you are in control of your time. Although it may seem easier said then done, what many people fail to realize is that managing your time as an entrepreneur can be harder then when working for someone else. As an entrepreneur, starting off, it can take you 12 to 16 hours per day to generate money, and get your business going how you need it, versus being an employee and only working for 8 hours. You may find you are constantly working overtime to bring money into the business. You don’t have weekends, holidays, or a a set time when you are off. Being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 lifestyle.

Tip 3: Focus on your strengths and Hire your weakness

As a a business owner, you can’t do everything on your own. Just because you know how to do something doesn’t mean you should. Focus only on your strengths and income generating activities. Don’t be afraid to delegate.

Tip 4: Networking

Spend more time around other business owners to help grow your business. Don’t be afraid to meet new people, but pick with who and where you allocate a lot of your time

Tip 5: Securing Money

There will come a point in your business where you will want to seek outside funding. You will have to get more money, whether it be from investors, the bank, or friends and family. This can easily be achieved  if you can answer the following four questions.

• What do you do?

• Why are you good at it?

• How much money do you need?

• What does an investor get for it?

If you can answer all these questions, and you can gather money from anyone and from any source. Trigger the greed factor. Be prepared to answer all the questions that an investor is going to ask.

To Learn more about Attorney David M. Walker, ESQ visit: http://davidmwalkeresq.com/

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