Jay-Z Becomes the First Rapper to Hit the Billionaire Mark

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

“What is better than one billionaire?” Jay-Z spoke his fate into existence when Forbes announced on June 3rd that the rapper turned business mogul had officially surpassed $1 billion in net worth. 

Jay-Z’s success did not happen quickly nor easily. After starting his rap career at the young age of 26, Jay began investing the money he made from music into profitable ventures. What made him stand out from his peers at that time is that he chose to start his own businesses, rather than just seeking partnerships from larger entities. Some of his most notable brands includes Rocawear, the clothing that was wildly popular in the ‘00s, and D’usse, a liquor brand he co-owns with spirits company Bacardi. After these big wins, he continued to propel forward, diversifying his assets further by purchasing minority stakes in companies, investing in real estate, and even launching the music streaming platform, Tidal. 

While Jay-Z is an inspiration for many, he has specifically paved a way for artists of color. Music moguls, Kanye West and Rihanna, are among two of his protegés, and Rihanna made the list herself as the first female musician to surpass a net worth of $600 million. His wife, Beyoncé, is also worth an impressive $400 million. Coincidence? I think not. 

Jay-Z’s legacy will forever be bigger than just himself, as he set a new Blueprint for those to follow.

Erica Dias Takes Miami To Host Her 32nd Table Of 20, Celebrating Some Very Influential Women

Erica’s Table of 20 is one of the most sought after events for men and women to engage, inspire and connect. Over the weekend, entrepreneur; Erica Dias hosted her 32nd Erica’s Table of 20 honoring, the phenomenal Madean Gilzene; a Event Planner who is known to many for giving your event that “wow” factor.  Madean story is one to surely inspire, impact and motivate you. Check out her company GlitzAndGlamAffairs.com

Erica’s Table of 20


Erica’s mission for Table of 20 is to get people to get back to having real conversations again, without being distracted by social media. Real conversations that are purpose driven and inspiring. The guest, laugh, cry, connect and the energy of the room is always infectious.  As Erica continues to tour with this event, check out www.EricasTableOf20.com for future events and follow @TableOf20 for updates and tour stops. This is a event that you definitely want to attend. 


Photos : Event Planner: Glitz And Glam Affairs Sponsors: Lux Cakery, Ink & Elegance , La-Table Chic, Curls, The Honey Pot, Vintage And More 101 , Glitz And Glam Affairs, The B Firm PR Video: www.jodellphotography.com/

Black Superhero Dangerman Visits Detroit, Toledo and Chicago With “Books Not Bullets” School Tour!

America’s Black Superhero, the Real Life Urban Superhero,DangerMan, is known for his many heroic feats, and inspiring and motivating kids is one of them. Beginning May 5, 2019 through to May 10, DangerMan will be embarking on his “Books Not Bullets” national school tour, visiting schools in Detroit, Toledo and Chicago! Delivering a message of hope and
aspirations for success, the “Books Not Bullets” tour will serve to
empower children to choose books, reading and life, over guns, bullets and violence! The tour is generously sponsored by U.S. Bank.  DangerMan was created by actor, producer, recording artist, mentor and philanthropist 
Roger I. Tinsley, the founder of the DangerMan Urban Superhero brand and CEO/President of the DangerMan Education Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The action hero recently celebrated a 20-year anniversary and has steadily evolved into the fastest growing superhero brand in the world, giving back with many philanthropic activities, all
centered around helping to make the world a better place. “While most Superheroes are fighting monsters from other planets, DangerMan is fighting the villains right here in our community, who victimize and prey on
the children and seniors in our cities daily,” cites Tinsley.  “DangerMan
encourages children to live their best life through education and by living a healthy lifestyle, staying in school, working hard, dreaming bigger and never giving up! DangerMan is excited to spread his message nationally
and is particularly looking forward to visiting Detroit, his hometown.” 


Tinsley first introduced DangerMan to America in 1998 after being emotionally impacted by the death of a four-year-old. The young toddler was riding in the car with her parents to a birthday party in her new blue dress, when a stray bullet from a gang member gun crashed through back window.  Tinsley felt compelled to create a real-life super hero who could
serve as a role model for school age children in underserved communities while addressing issues that specifically affected them. Using his own money and resources he created DangerMan, the Urban Superhero. The “Books Not Bullets” tour includes the following stops: 
Detroit, MIMay 6 / Girl Scout Troop Southfield Library             
Greenfield Union Elementary & Middle School  

May 7 / Focus Hope – Center for Children
             Jefferson Elementary School
             Detroit Innovation Academy

Toledo, Ohio

May 8 / Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys  

Chicago, Il

May 10 / St. Sabina Academy

DangerMan can be hired for speaking opportunities
atwww.dangermanheroawards.com. Also DangerMan’s new single, “I’m DangerMan, the Black Superhero Man” can be live streamed  on every
music platform. 


VEU Magazine Honors Dr. Jamal H. Bryant and Ten Powerhouse Women in Atlanta on the Cover of its Double Cover March/April 2019 Edition

Pastor Dr. Jamal H. Bryant and Ten Powerhouse Women all located in Atlanta, Ga, cover the double cover March/April 2019 Issue of VEU Magazine. We admire the work that Dr. Bryant is doing and his efforts to bridge the gap between religion and culture. As he embarks on his new journey as pastor of New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Ga, we also wanted to get this thoughts on how he plans to merge his current mission, with that of his new church home. 

Also In light of March being Women’s History Month, we deemed it necessary to highlight a group of powerful female entrepreneurs and leaders right here in Atlanta, Ga. These women range from authors, publicists, event planners, motivational speakers and more. Our list of women include: Alexis Miller, Charessa Sawyer, Erica Dias, Christina Johnson, Cashe Royal, Nova Kopp, Desiree Lee, Niya Brown Matthews, Kela Taylor, and Velma Trayham. 

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Rasheeda Frost Hosted The “Official” Movie Premiere Of Summer Madness Presented By Filmmaker Leo Sullivan

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019 national bestselling author and filmmaker Leo Sullivan presented the official movie premiere for the feature film, Summer Madness. The event took place at Atlantic Station Regal Cinema 16 and was hosted by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star and business mogul Rasheeda Frost. In addition to the official media sponsor, Rolling Out, dozens of media outlets covered the premier including Kontrol Magazine, Essence Online, and Radar Live to name a few. The red carpet event was attended by some of Atlanta’s elite, celebrity attendees and cast members.

Among the attendees were: Justin Poage, producer, Anthony Dalton, whose character is Detective Bryce Wilson, Andrew Fortinberry who plays Jack Crawford, and many more.
Written and Directed by National Best Selling Author, Leo Sullivan, Summer Madness told the story of a twisted psychological thriller involving a hundred million dollar heist, which leads to mayhem, murder and mystery, all under the guise of love. After spending time in prison, where he falls for the sexy vixen, Summer, Jack Crawford is released and given back his life. When he is then accused of a vicious double homicide, one of the victims being Summer’s husband, the last person in the world he would expect comes to his defense, his nemesis, Detective Bryce Wilson. Determined to prove Jack’s innocence, Bryce finds himself snared in a deadly cat and mouse game as he races against time only to discover that an intricate web has been woven to entrap him as well.


Leo Sullivan

Leo Sullivan, founder of Sullivan Productions, has written multiple bestselling novels which he plans to convert four into movies. Sullivan Productions produces both films and literary works. Since its inception, Sullivan Productions has grown to be one of the nation’s largest urban publishing companies. Summer Madness will be the first featured film to be released in 2019.  More titles will soon be announced. 

About Leo Sullivan


Leo Sullivan is a movie director and national bestselling author who has written multiple best selling books over a span of 8 years. In 2011, Leo started his own company, Sullivan Productions, LLC (Sullivan Productions), which produces both films and literary works. Since its inception, Sullivan Productions has grown to be one of the nation’s largest urban publishing companies. Leo Sullivan has been featured in such magazines as Essence, Don Diva, King, and XXL just to name a few. He decided to enter the movie industry after writing several screenplays and working with independent movie studios and producers.

Lil Jon Expands His Education Efforts In Ghana

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Lil Jon has been expanding his philanthropic efforts outside of the U.S. for some time now. His most recent venture was breaking ground on what will shortly be his second school in Ghana.

The rapper partnered with Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education to children.

His first Ghanaian school opened in 2017, and was dedicated to his late mother. However, the rapper stated his goal was always to fund two schools, not just one. The plan was to get the first one up and running before turning his attention to the second.

“Rappers blow so much money on frivolous things sometimes and I think we can take some of that [otherwise thrown away money], and use it for some good in communities,” he said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Hopefully others will follow Lil Jon’s example in using their wealth to make a positive impact!

How is God Speaking Through You ?- In Memory of Precious Harris

Written by Tianna Sheree

Precious Harris- Photo from Instagram

Are you healing his people? Are you leaving a trail of negativity? I believe we all have been on both paths. Yet, some of us figure out how to stay on the side of healing. 

Recently, Rapper T. I. lost his older sister Precious. Even though I’m not family, her death hit me hard. I was blessed to see her often while working. She always had a beautiful smile and positive things to say. I was going through a rough time then. She would tell me to stop letting others walk over my Taurus heart. I kept those words. 

I truly believe God speaks to us through others. The devil does too! We have to learn to pay attention to when it’s truly HIM. The words just seem to hit your spirit. It sticks to you like bad words can, but have an up lifting spirit. It follows his word in the bible. Later I realized she told me those words because I needed it to give my heart to him fully first. Something as a Preacher’s child I thought I had already done so.

As I scroll on social media I can’t help but to see her face. See all the positive words and experiences while she was here. A couple words from her stuck in my soul, so I can only imagine how it hit others close to her. She was a God-fearing servant.

When my of grandfather passed away I was broken-hearted. Yet I heard a room full of Pastors say how we should celebrate servants, and that they have done so much for God’s people. That he would welcome them with open arms. What are you leaving God’s people with? After reading this what have you decided you want to leave? I know God welcomed precious with so much love and the words “well done”. She did her job of loving his people. 

May you Rest In Paradise Precious. 

We all will truly miss you.

Tianna Sheree- The Psychological Artist

5 Important Lifestyle Changes to Have a More Successful Life

Many of us have been asking the entrepreneurs what are the good habits or lifestyle changes that are required for a successful life. What do you find in morning schedules and what do you find in lifestyle changes that individuals make, to go from running a successful business or having a good job and a good idea for making something fantastic. 

Here are some of the important lifestyle changes that can help you to be successful.

Be Consistent 

One of the main lifestyle changes you have to make for a successful life is being consistent. Most of the individuals are not consistent. You need to get it. It requires investment for energy to build. You won’t have the success by simply having these short spurts with the long gaps. It’s obviously better to spend 30 minutes to an hour each and every day on your business than one day seven days all in on the organization. 

Identify Your Commitments and Priorities

Have you at any point considered the way that your priorities and commitments are dictated by your needs? Doesn’t it bode well then that if you change the priorities, the behavior will also be changed? The issue with this situation is that changing the priorities is more difficult than changing the behavior. Trying to complete one without the other is very difficult. If you focus on behavior without concerning the priorities, the behavior will dependably return. 

Make an Individualized Strategy 

It is a fact that a single strategy is not suitable for all individuals and sometimes may be risky to your health. Everybody needs an individualized strategy. As individuals, we are physiologically as well as biochemically different. This is definitely why no single strategy or a program works for everybody. If there is such a strategy, everyone would adopt it. 

Know Your Why 

If you don’t know why you need to change your lifestyle, you are bound to lose your inspiration sooner or later to stay on the course. Actually, not knowing your why is the absolute most basic purpose behind the failure to achieve one’s objective. Your why is the real reason for the change. It is your motivation and your inspiration. 

Imagine Your Success 

Imagine your motivation and inspiration and imagine your success. The best method to do this is to envision a day in your life when you have accomplished your objective. Imagine yourself being successful in accomplishing your goal because of the change in your lifestyle. It is a good approach to make reasonable images in your mind of yourself approaching your goals. Envision as it is happening at the moment.

The best thing about your commitment to lifestyle change is that once you really settle on the choice, achieving your objective becomes a result. It’s what we as a whole need and we can have it if we truly, genuinely need it. It is a matter of decision.

Slim Thug & The BossLife Foundation Held The 2019 BossLife Ball Celebrating Business Leaders!

Slim Thug and the BossLife Foundation hosted the 6th annual BossLife Ball on the evening of January 20, 2019 at The Post Oak Hotel. The BossLife Ball  was created in 2013 to celebrate local and national entrepreneurs, leaders, and those that are excelling in the community. This event  is also to raise funds for  community initiatives, scholarships, and toy drives for local kids in Houston. The 2018 BossLife Ball supported the BossLife Foundation’s efforts to give away a home to a family who lost their home during Hurricane Harvey!

Honoree, Justin Martin of Ijustgothit.com and his wife, Shannon Martin
Slim Thug

The evening started with a star studded red carpet experience hosted by Isiah Carey of The Isiah Factor on Fox 26 which consisted of the 2019 honorees, sponsors, and familiar faces such as Houston’s own Mayor Sylvester Turner, comedian/ artist Lil Duval, TV Johnny, Chamillionaire, Former Miami Dolphins player Alphonso Roundtree, Television Hostess Julissa Bermudez,  Singer Tobe Nwigwe, Justin Martin of IJustGotHit.com, and a host of others.

2019 Honorees:

Lilly’s Kloset

Justin Martin of Ijustgothit.com<http://ijustgothit.com/>

Sascha Stone Guttfreund of Score more / Festival extraordinaire

Turkey Leg Hut

Percy “King”  Creuzot of Frenchy’s Chicken
Shanquita Greggs of Shan Simply scents
Omar Garcia of Fence Geeks
Chamillionaire

Title Sponsors:

Justin Martin, Attorney and Founder of the Godsey Martin Law Firm & ijustgothit.com<http://ijustgothit.com/>

Central Houston Automotive Group

Active Athlete

The Post Oak Hotel

Texas Auto Trim

Ciroc

Remy

Bella Smiles, Dr. Indian Gibson

Deleon Tequila

Aloft Houston Galleria

All Photography by Stixx Williams

Chamillionaire