Breast Cancer Survivor Niya Brown Matthews on How She Turned Her Negative Into a Positive

I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at age 27 then again at 37.  At this time this disease didn’t run in my family nor did I know anyone with it at that time. It was a simple home exam that I found a lump. Biopsy showed I was already in Stage 2. I couldn’t understand why me, but God reminded me why not me. I turned the negative into a positive.  It was the curse that saved my life. It showed me what was really important in life. God Family Success… in that order. Through chemo, radiation, and lumpectomies  I was able to fight and win. Since my journey I decided to use my story and encourage women to be proactive instead of reactive. Too Fabulous for Cancer Charity Organization was created. Through Charity events we gift women makeovers, stipends, photoshoots to help take their minds off having cancer.. making them feel amazing.
Bio:
Niya Brown Matthews is a Certified Life Coach, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, 2 time Breast Cancer Survivor, Ambassador for Ford Warriors in Pink, and 17 year Real Estate Professional as well as Wife and Mother. She writes inspiring self help books to empower others to overcome their life obstacles and challenges in order to become successful in Life, Love & Career. She attended East Carolina University and is married to retired Super Bowl Champion Eric Matthews of the GreenBay Packers. They are very active in the Atlanta community running their non profit Eric Matthews Matthews Foundation helping low income families and at risk youth. Niya Matthews has been featured in numerous national media EBONY, Black Enterprise, Black America Web, Rolling Out, Mommy Noire & Wendy Williams, ESPN, and Essence Main Stage (twice) as well as featured in Today’s Purpose Woman Magazine to name a few.
She is founder of Two Fabulous for Cancer, a Charity Organization helping breast cancer patients fight the fight as well as the founder of Soulfood Sessions with Niya a Women Empowerment Organization created to uplift, and empower women globally. Her books are sold nationally at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and her website soulfoodsessionswithniya.com
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Breast Cancer Awareness: In Light of October, a New Vaccine is Being Tested

  • Written by Samantha Skinner

A new vaccine is currently in the works and being tested on those that sign up for the task at hand. Hoping that the vaccine targets an aggressive form of breast cancer, it is a cure that so many are hoping and waiting for.

Receiving a grant of $11 million, they are now starting the process and the acceptance of something that might change the fate of so many that are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Those that are going to be able to get this vaccine are patients with the HER2-positive breast cancer because the vaccine hits these specific spots.

There was previously not a way to cut back on these cancer-causing cells, but this new vaccine is not only bringing hope to those patients with this cancer-type, but those patients that are worried about the future of breast cancer.

If this vaccine works, it is going to be one of the biggest breakthroughs that cancer has ever seen and one that is going to bring happiness to a lot of people, especially those that have been developing the vaccine.

The best part is that when the patient is cancer-free, the vaccine is going to work to block the cancer cells from coming back again. The vaccine should work by stimulating the immune systems T-cells so that it can create a strong response overall to the vaccine that is going to be given.

Those that are going to be getting this vaccine are going to be going through a trail run where they test out the effectiveness of the vaccine, but also the long-term symptoms or side effects that might come with it.

As for right now, the world waits, hoping that they found a vaccine that can work to fight cancer causing cells. If this works, then many are hoping it works for other types of cancers.

11- Year-Old Kai Ture’ Talks About Her Role in New Film “The Hate You Give”

At 11 years old, Kai Ture‘ is already an established actor and creative force.
Acting since the age of 7, Kai Ture‘ got her big break as an extra on OWN/Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong...” series during season 1 of the production. Once the series was renewed for season 2, Kai Ture‘ was bumped to the principal recurring role of “Tenesha”.
Since that time, Kai Ture‘s career has expanded to include credits for appearing in television shows and films such as the “Vampire Diaries” (2015), “Good Behavior” (2017), “Faith Under Fire” (2018) and “Bad Dad Rehab” (2016).
This year, Kai Ture‘ is set to appear in an unprecedented amount of releases for an actor her age. Among her list of upcoming productions are the critically acclaimed “An Actor Prepares” starring Jeremy Irons (August 2018), “Nappily Ever After” starring Sanaa Lathan (September 2018), “The Hate You Give” starring Amandla Stenberg (October 2018) and “Troup Zero” starring Viola Davis (2019).
We spoke to the young actress about her new role and upcoming projects.

VEU- Tell us how you got started in the entertainment field :

I asked my parents for a year to put me into acting.  I had my first audition and booked it at the age of 7.  I was initially a featured extra in Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong.  I played the daughter of a principal character.  For season two, he bumped me up to a recurring role!  Thankfully, I have been working since that time.
VEU- In the new movie “The Hate You Give,” you play the role of Young Star. Tell us about that.
I was so excited when I found out that I booked the role.  Starr is such a strong and powerful character.  I really wanted to do my part in bringing this wonderfully written story to life.  One of my scenes, “The Talk”, was really intense.  Russell Hornsby is an amazing actor so he was able to tap into our true emotions.  This movie is great!  I am so happy to be a part of it.
VEU- Did this role have any resemblance to your actual life?
I think that this role resembles the life of many African Americans.  I hope that the audience leaves with a better understanding of how these types of stories affect the entire community.
VEU-How do you balance being ab 11-year-old entertainer, and your school/ social life ?
My mom does a really great job at making sure that I still have time to hangout with my friends.  I have had some of the same friends for a very long time.  They support me in my projects but then we just go back to having fun!
VEU- What upcoming projects are you working on?
I just filmed a movie called Troupe Zero slated for release in 2019.  It stars Viola Davis, Mike Epps, Allison Janey, and McKenna Grace.  There were so many kids on set and we had a blast!
VEU- What advice do you had for other young people that want to get into the entertainment field?
Submit and Forget!!  You will hear no way more that you will hear yes!  Work on your craft so when the time comes you will be ready

4 Golden Rules for Breast Cancer Awareness

Written by Samantha Skinner 

Breast cancer is a scary thing and if you are wondering if you are at risk or not, or if you are showing symptoms but are unsure of what to do next, then it might be a good time to speak with someone.

Regardless, having any information about breast cancer, symptoms and when to get checked can put every woman’s mind at ease.

Know Your Risk Factors

It is important to know the risk factors that might be against you. Does it run in your family? Do you do anything that might make the risk higher? Knowing whether or not you are higher risk than others is always ideal.

Know Your Own Breasts

Every woman should know her own breasts. Not only will you detect if something is off right away, but you will have a better chance at detecting something earlier on. Sometimes, even partners find issues before the woman does.

Breast Cancer isn’t Always a Lump

Know that breast cancer can show up in a number of ways. It can be a lump, it can be a change in skin texture or color. There are many ways that breast cancer can sneak up on women but know that a lump is not always the sure-fire sign to having breast cancer.

Know When to Get Screened

It is important that women over the age of 45 get screened regularly for breast cancer, though women can go earlier than that if they wish. Skipping these scans is never a good thing. Going once a year is enough to detect something amiss before it goes too far.

Remember, just because you don’t have a history of breast cancer in your family doesn’t mean that you cannot develop it. It is everywhere and it effects everyone, even men. This is why it is a good thing to keep up on those exams and watch for something that might be different.

My Take on Canada’s Decision to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Written by Dominique Bancey

My source of information for this article can be located here: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/17/health/canada-legalizes-recreational-marijuana/index.html

Firstly, let’s note that this is all simply my opinion on this entire matter, and it should not be taken as gospel.

Based on the article, it is evident that many Canadians are ecstatic about the fact that they are able to legally purchase and smoke marijuana, strictly for recreation. But why? Well I think that for most persons, without a legitimate reason, it would be difficult for them to actually be prescribed a medicinal dosage of cannabis. However, with the legalization of recreational pot, they are free to purchase and smoke without worrying about being charged and possibly locked away.

Personally, I believe that marijuana can be beneficial to many individuals, not just as a specific medicine to treat certain illnesses. I know many friends of mine who turn to smoking this cannabis as a way of relieving themselves from anxiety or even just stress. I haven’t heard of any serious cases of persons using cannabis where it has caused them much harm, however, something that has been legal for years (alcohol) has been proven to cause damage to many individuals across the world.

Of course, it’s understandable why there’s a legal age for persons who may purchase and use marijuana, you wouldn’t want children having access to it as it is still a form of drug. So in Canada, the legal age in Quebec and Alberta (provinces) is 18, while in the other provinces throughout, it is 19.

Another positive about this legalization, is the boost that it will offer for the economy, and not just the one in Canada. Companies all over the world who specialize in growing cannabis or producing cannabis-based products, will now have more of a market to provide for, which will enhance sales and demands. The states in the USA that have cannabis legalized will also have companies there who are willing to import and export with companies located in Canada. This will increase trade amongst countries and bring in more revenue.  

The one thing that makes me wonder about this legalization.

What will happen to those who have been charged and locked away for possession of this now legal herb?

Apparently authorities are looking into what can be done in order to deal with that, but who knows just how long that will actually take?

Until next time.

Let’s Talk About You and Me

Written by Dominique Bancey

As a follow up to “Ex-periences”, I have decided to share one of my lessons, my most recent one actually, with all of you. I didn’t want to seem biased in this article though so I decided to ask my ex a few questions so you could get their perspective as well.

We were together for 5 (almost 6) months in a long distance relationship. I flew out and visited them for 6 weeks. About a month later, we broke up.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from the relationship?

A: “My favorite memory is when we had just got done spending a long day together and I was dozing off before I took my makeup off or put my bonnet on or anything and you got me ready for bed while I was half asleep, and cleaned my face and tattoo for me.”

Q: Did you think the relationship would’ve lasted longer? Why?

A: “I thought our relationship would’ve lasted longer but the more times I spent in the relationship was the more I felt like we probably wouldn’t have gotten married, and I think this because as much as we loved each other, our personalities just don’t mesh together where it was most important in a relationship.”

Q: In your opinion, what would you say were some cons of the relationship?

A: “I would say the cons were your lack of patience and my lack of acceptance of the fact that not everything can go as I plan and people cannot always react or act the way I want them to.”

Q: What do you think ultimately caused the relationship to fail and what could’ve been done to prevent or fix this issue?

A: “I think our relationship failed because of lack of communication and working together in our final moments of being together which really drove us to breaking up, and I think if we just took the time to both be understanding enough of the other side and really care together with a plan of how to make things better and thoroughly communicate about it, then it could’ve lasted.”

Lessons were learnt by the both of us, and as you can tell by the responses, communication is key.

Until next time.

Chicago Break Out Artist Aina Brei’Yon Speaks on New Music and Using Her Platform to Raise Awareness

Known for her excuse-free, self-rewarding work ethic, the founder, and CEO of 3K9 Productions is mastering the art of maintaining a successful career as an independent artist. As a native of the Southside (Roseland area) of Chicago, Aina Brei’Yon personifies strength. Since her conception, she has made it very clear that boundaries do not apply to her. Early on in her career, she understood the importance of being true to who she is and embracing idealism. Her reality is defined by her beliefs; a message that transcends through her music. As the second to youngest of 10 children, self-expression and showing any type of emotion was simply non-existent in their family. She says, “I found an outlet with music at the young age of nine.Writing was the only way I knew how to express myself.”

Listen to our full interview with Aina Brei’Yon below

 

5 Business Lessons We Can Learn From Sistahs In Business Expo Founder Aisha Taylor Issah

Sistahs in Business Expo, is the country’s only multi-city small business expo, that was created to celebrate the accomplishments of entrepreneurial women of color, the nations fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs. We spoke to the founder of the expo, Aisha Taylor Issah to find out her 5 business lessons that we can learn from her expo, and in general.

Finance- Financial management is key to the success of your business.  If you can’t manage your personal finances, then you won’t do well at managing your business finances.  Your personal spending habits and credit history will have a significant impact on your ability to secure funding and credit for your business.  

Leadership- An effective leader must have passion for the people they’ve been called or appointed to lead.  Skills and experience are important, but they aren’t everything.  If you don’t care about the success and welfare of the people you lead, then something will always manifest itself that threatens your commitment and humility.  Never commit to leading something that you don’t genuinely care about.  People don’t just want to know that you can lead, they want to see that you care.

Team Work- None of us were created to function in isolation. We inherently need one another.  This is true for both personal and professional endeavors.  A great team makes work easier, more enjoyable, and definitely more effective.  Having toxic or unproductive team members can be detrimental to the ultimate goal.  It’s always best to cultivate a team that is diverse in skillset.  You want people on your team who are strong in the areas where you are weak.  

Having Faith- My faith is the foundation for who I am and everything I do.  There is no question that God has been at the forefront and behind the scenes throughout this entire SIBEXPO journey.  There are times when I’ve wanted to quit or felt like things weren’t going to work out.  But God ALWAYS worked things out and gave me enough hope to keep moving forward.  Faith is critical when you are taking on a task that is greater than you are. There will undoubtedly be disappointment, rejection, delays, and problems that make entrepreneurship challenging.  

Staying True To Your Dreams- There will be many people and experiences that make your dreams seem unattainable.  I’ve encountered all types of obstacles while building SIBEXPO.  There have also been many people who tried to alter my dream to fit the mold of what they found acceptable or attainable.  But I knew what God told me to do.  When God gives you a dream or a vision, you can’t allow anything or anyone to deter you.  God will provide everything you need and put you on the right path.  I’m a living witness!  

Meet Entrepreneur Steven Swing, Owner of Encore Hookah Bar and Bistro

The life of an entrepreneur is full of challenges, that many people don’t understand. It takes a strong willed individual to start a sometimes intangible project, and see it through to the end. Here at VEU Magazine, we appreciate those who set out on this journey to make the world a better place. Checkout out our latest interview with entrepreneur Steven Swing, who is the owner of the Encore Hookah Bar and Bistro located in Atlanta, Ga.  Interviewed by Alex Jordan

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Ex-Periences: What We Can Learn From Our Ex

Written by Dominique Bancey

Earlier I was having a conversation with a friend which then got me to thinking about how I actually think about certain topic. This particular article, is somewhat of a ‘preview’ to the next one. As the title “Ex-periences” suggests, I’ll be discussing exes, and how we can use these experiences with them, to actually help us in our lives rather than make us bitter and upset.

Maturity is something that doesn’t seem to be as common as it should be, unfortunately, especially when it comes on to relationships. In today’s society, many individuals tend to want to find some way to hurt their exes or damage them or cause some form of revenge, just because of the end of their relationship. This doesn’t just showcase immaturity, but it also portrays how childish and petty the other party is. Speaking of pettiness, it’s so funny to me how nowadays it seems like people are ‘praised’ based on how petty they are, which I think is absolutely stupid as a lot of the petty behaviour that people display, tend to be linked to their immaturity.

For me, just because someone and I aren’t romantically or even platonically involved anymore, doesn’t mean that I’m going to hate them and try to hurt them. The ending of any form of relationship can teach us all a lesson. And I’d rather find this lesson and use it to better myself in my life, than use it for revenge.

Often times, the way how we look at past experiences, determines how we live for future ones, and that could explain why so many persons are reluctant about forming new serious relationships with others. As instead of using their past experience as a lesson and deciding to learn from it, they made a decision to use it for bad, as a form of revenge.

Be on the lookout for the next article, as I will be using a personal past ex-perience, to share my lesson.

Until next time.