Greek Organization Spotlight: Kappa Alpha Psi

Written by Kiera Robinson

If you’ve ever been to the quad, Kappa BBQ or any other Kappa event held by Kappa Alpha Psi then I’m sure that you’ve seen the smoothness of a Kappa man. It’s almost as if they glide whenever they enter the room. Ever wonder where the fraternity originated from? Well, this Founder’s Day is your chance to read up a little on the organization and it’s foundation.

January 5th marks the anniversary of Greek-letter fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. This fraternity was founded on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington. Though Kappa Alpha Psi has a predominantly African-American based membership, it is filled with much diversity.
The organization’s founders Dr. Ezra D. Alexander, Dr. Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Dr. Marcus Peter Blakemore, Dr. Guy Levis Grant, Edward Giles Irvin, Atty. Henry Tourner Asher, Sgt. John Milton Lee, Paul Waymond Caine, George Wesley Edmonds, and Elder Watson Diggs designed a solid foundation within a year’s time in order to create a brotherhood worth being apart of. ‘Psi was nationally incorporated under the name of Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911. The name of the organization was changed to its current name in 1915, shortly after its creation.’

‘The motto of the Fraternity is, Achievement in every field of human endeavor. During this time, there were very few African-American students at the majority white campus at Bloomington, Indiana and they were a small minority due to the era of the Jim Crow laws. The racial prejudice and discrimination encountered by the founders strengthened their bond of friendship and growing interest in starting a social group.’
Several individuals experience the party side of frats, but never truly know about the things that had to be overcome to bring it all together. No matter what the origins of this fraternity are, one thing is for certain and that is that this is their day and it deserves to be celebrated the right way. So if you’re a Nupe (Kappa) or even if you just know one, then take time out to celebrate the day that this organization of brotherhood was created.

5 Common Traits of Parents Who Have Successful Kids

Written by Salina Jivani

No one ever said parenting was easy. But it’s certainly the one thing we all strive to be better at. And then there’s the tricky question: how do you become an outstanding parent and pave the pathway to greatness for your own kids?

Do you have to go to parenting classes?

Read every parenting book you can get your hands on?

Sit through a lifetime of webinars and seminars?

Luckily, it’s a lot simpler than that. Thanks to the internet, info sharing is now easier than ever before, which means that at our very fingertips, we have access to a wealth of research and studies on the topic of smart parenting.

And thanks to this decades’ worth of research, data scientists have learned that parents of kids who grow up to be successful, accomplished adults actually do share a lot in common with one another. Here we share five of their similar attributes in hopes that we can learn from these parents and steal some of their best practices to benefit the future and hopefully imminent success of our own progeny.

Have high expectations

We’ve all heard how important it is to set goals. And that’s true for you—but also for your children. Parents of successful kids understood this early on and implemented goals in their own homes.

To help your kids reach and exceed their potential as little humans, it’s important you create and hold them to expectations from childhood. This could be as simple as counting on them to practice good behavior in pre-school to accepting only As and Bs on their elementary school report cards. By setting expectations, you’re aiming high and teaching your kids that they, too, should push themselves to elevated standards and goals. Doing this will spark within them a desire to grow, achieve and foster self-confidence in themselves—all traits that will come in very handy in the future. And once they get in the habit of anticipating expectation, they’ll start to set the same caliber of standards for themselves, always tackling tasks with ambition and optimism.

Plus, when you set sturdy objectives for your kids, such as vocalizing your desire for them to attend college, you’ll inherently help and push them toward those expectations, increasing their chances of success.

Fact: According to studies conducted throughout the decades, 57% of kids who performed the worst on standardized tests belonged to parents who expected them to attend college while an astonishing 96% of kids who had the highest scores on the same tests had parents who wished for them to attend college.

Promote social skills

Kids who grew to excel were taught social skills early on by their parents. In fact, children who possess social etiquette are proven to be more intelligent and successful overall—both as children and adults. Studies prove that kids who are taught manners are more empathetic, polite, helpful, easy to work with, compassionate and understanding than those kids who aren’t. Therefore, years down the road, they’re also the more sought after employees and team members than those kids who aren’t as socially well versed. So make time to teach your kids manners, show them to be polite and ask them to respect those around them. These small seeds of behavior planted in them young will set the course for positive future outcomes.

Fact: Kids who weren’t nearly as socially inclined were proven to get into a lot more trouble with the law and had increased chances of drinking, getting arrested and seeking public housing as adults.

Are well educated

Parents of successful children were well educated themselves. And because they attained a higher degree of education, they were better caregivers and role models for their children. How can you learn from these parents? By setting an example for your kids by first refining and bettering yourself. Practice what you preach. After all, your children will absorb from your actions a lot more than they will from your words. And the same goes with your educational standards. If you’re pushing your kids to do their best and wish for them to attain a higher level of education, you should attempt to do the same and you’ll automatically set a precedent.

Fact: How educated a parent is by the time their child is eight years old greatly influences how educated and career inclined that child will be himself approximately 40 years later.

Foster a strong relationship with their child

Kids who were most successful in their lives had parents who established a loving, nurturing relationship with them.

Creating a positive relationship with your child can be challenging, particularly as they grow older, but planting the seeds for a great relationship can’t start early enough. Raising your kids in the right environment and giving them a sense of comfort, love and trust early on will go a long way toward their future successes, and continue to bring them returns even later on in life as they themselves become parents.

Fact: Research proves that kids whose parents paid more attention to their needs, created a safe and trusting environment for them and heeded their feelings, particularly in the first three years, performed better on tests, fostered healthier relationships with people and had greater academic accomplishments in their 30s.

Have low stress levels

Successful parents shared a calm, low-stress demeanor. A lot of what your child will soak in will come directly from you. The way you behave, the way you speak, the words you choose, sooner or later will be reflected in your child—who will remind of a tiny mirror image of yourself. So be mindful of how you are around your children, particularly when they’re young.

Fact: Kids who are raised in an environment where parents are highly stressed, often absorb the same feelings and emotions their parents experience.

Take a look at all of the above and you’ll notice a pattern: your kids will be who they see. In essence, you. So nurture them well, hold them in high regard and in the process of it all, don’t forget to be a great role model yourself. We all want our children to be better versions of us, but for that to be a reality, you have to create the right environment and practice your own rules. After all, your kids are going to be one of life’s greatest and most hefty investments—and ones that will continue to reward you well into the future.

3 Fun and Simple Places to Enjoy the Holidays in Georgia

Written by Salina Jivani


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and that means there are a ton of equally wonderful events to help you celebrate this season of love, peace and charity.

Luckily, Atlanta’s one of those cities that’s always bustling with great, fun things to do for anyone and everyone. Whether you’re single, hitched or have a family in tow, you can choose from a whole slew of options this season. To get into the swing of the holiday spirit, be sure to be sure to check out these happening events.

2016 Macy’s Pink Pig

Macy’s is popular for their annual Christmas Tree lighting every year at Lenox Mall, but if you’ve missed that this year’s event and have little ones that you’re looking to enjoy something exciting with, worry not. You’ve still got a chance to make it up to them with the Macy’s Pink Pig event. A fun ride through a life-sized story book, the Pink Pig has been around since the 1950s and is still an adventure the wee ones look forward to. Hurry, while it’s still around, it won’t last—January 1st is the last day to enjoy!

Holiday lights

If you’re fascinated by the glimmer of Christmas, you’ll love the Garden Lights Holiday Nights display in Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens. But don’t stress if you have no time (or patience!) to make the trek to see some amazing holiday displays—no matter how spectacular they may be (and they’re pretty spectacular, if we may say so ourselves!). Plenty of local places are equally as reputable for their lovely lighting, including Callaway Gardens, Stone Mountain, Centennial Olympic Park and Lake Lanier Islands. Pick one of these more proximal locations to enjoy the holiday décor with less of the travel.

Atlantic Station

One of the most beautiful, high-end, bustling places in Atlanta wouldn’t be all the rave, all the time if it didn’t have at least something spectacular to offer this holiday season, right?

Beginning November, Atlantic Station opened its doors to Atlanta’s largest outdoor ice skating rink! If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays in a fun, festive way, this is the perfect opportunity to inject a little romance, or even family fun, into the season. Whether you decide to make it a daytime trip or a nice, mesmerizing evening under the stars, you won’t regret it.

But wait, is your holiday season already jam packed? Don’t worry! You’ve got plenty of time. The rink is open throughout the holidays till Valentine’s 2017 (hint-hint for proactive V-Day planners!).

If any of these don’t like something that might appeal to your interests, you can always surf the web for other great ideas or visit the Atlanta events website listed here ( for a list of annual events throughout the year.

Seasons greeting and happy holidays!

Traveling Down 2016’s Fashion Memory Lane

Written by Salina Jivani


It’s the month of snow, chilly weather and holiday cheer. It’s also the last month of 2016—a year, just like any other, that will never return. But, luckily, that fate may not apply to every style that made it big this year’s fashion books.

As we inch forward into the last days of December, we thought we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least take a moment to reflect back on the most smashing trends of the year. Ones that may see the light of 2017 and still some that may be left behind only to be picked up in the future, like so many others trends of times past.

So without further adieu, here we go:

Chokers: Oh boy, did chokers make their presence known or what this year? And isn’t it amazing how incredibly stylish and sexy they make your neck look, whether you have one like a swan’s or a tree stump’s? This is one look we definitely still see around as the year comes to a close…and seems like this is one that might actually stick it through the new year.

Leopard print: Leopards, leopards everywhere. There was a time when animal print was so faux pas, style icons anywhere wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. Yet this year carried forward a trend from 2015 where leopard print tops, skirts, shoes, socks, even undergarments were snatched up like trees in a wildfire. We’ve got to admit after having had this print completely out-of-sight, out-of-mind for so long, it was a welcome treat to our eyes and a special addition to our wardrobes.

One-arm tops: We’ve seen them everywhere this year, yet they’ve never failed to look utterly exquisite, sexy and chic all at once. One-arm tops made a reappearance this year and—dare we say—they’ve never looked better. The trend surfaced in the warm summer months with one-arm shoulder straps and asymmetrical dresses, only to be carried forward into the chillier season in the form of one-arm blouses and sweaters.

We’re excited to see what exciting vogue and fashion statements are yet to be made in 2017. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to find out, with the new year eagerly awaiting just around the corner. Or perhaps Santa will lend a helping hand and seek the aid of his fashion elves to deliver us the perfect outfits for the new year…a girl can always hope!

(Pictured chokers from CreationZ From A Dove  available online at

How You Could be Suffering from Anxiety and Not Even Know

Written by Salina Jivani

Anxiety mental health symbol isolated on white. Mental disorder icon designMy grandmother was nuts. We used to laugh at her seemingly endless and silly list of worries. Everything from having to eat lunch at precisely noon to taking a shower to something as simple as going to the bathroom would stress her out. She would share stories about her bowel movements with intense seriousness and gravity and it seemed her entire universe started and ended in the bathroom. Ironically, that’s where she ended up passing away. That’s right. On the royal throne.

Jokes aside, what we should have known was that she suffered from something called anxiety disorder, which, unfortunately, is no laughing matter.

When you think of an anxious person, you probably conjure a picture of someone whose legs are restless, forehead is beaded with sweat, hands are wringing, and possibly someone who stutters. But anxiety is actually a lot more than just that, and maybe even a little different. Affecting nearly 14 million people in the U.S. alone, anxiety disorder is one of the most common types of mental illness in the U.S., but many people don’t even know they have it.

What is anxiety, really?

Have you ever had to prepare for a huge deadline? Or present something in front of a large audience? It’s normal to sweat over these kinds of common work situations. After all, no one wants to be a failure or be perceived as a dumb-dumb.

But while the average worry-wart spends about 55 minutes sweating over such scenarios, those with anxiety spend almost five times the amount, or over 300 minutes in a single day, worrying about the same exact issue. Anxiety is when you feel an overwhelming sense of worry or experience nervous behavior or internal unrest to a degree that it affects your everyday activities.

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone.

Surprising signs of anxiety

It could be stage fright. Or perhaps you feel like all eyes are on you when you’re in a room. Suddenly you feel nervous. You can barely concentrate on your surroundings and in your mind you’re constantly berating your every action, your every word.

Anxiety is painful, yet many people who have these feelings of constant doubt, internal uncertainty and overwhelming anxiousness in seemingly simple situations don’t even realize what they’re suffering through.

And that’s because common symptoms aren’t what you might expect them to be. Common signs of anxiety include:

Chronic indigestion
Problems sleeping
Shortness of breath
Tingling or numbness in extremities like your hands and feet
Heart palpitations
Irrational fears
Panic attacks
Compulsive behaviors
The worst part about anxiety is that it affects your everyday life. You dwell on your problems and fears to the point where you can’t lead a normal life and move beyond what’s consuming your thoughts. People who have this disorder may feel like their life comes to a standstill anytime they’re faced with something that causes them this kind of extreme discomfort.

How to get cured

Anxiety disorder is a form of mental disease, so the cure for it is much like how other mental illnesses like depression are treated—with medication and psychotherapy.

Going back to the story of my grandmother, we know she was suffering through anxiety and she took regular medications for it. But the one day she ran out of her dosage or forgot to take it was hell to pay in our home. She would go nuts and drive everyone around her nuts, to the point that my father would go berserk and lash out at everyone around him. Not fun times for sure. But the bottom line is, if you decide to go the medication route, remember that every medication has its side effects and can cause dependencies. So if you don’t take your medication or happen to skip a dose, it’s likely you’ll feel a significant change within yourself.

If you’re looking for a more natural route, some specialists might recommend remedies like yoga and acupuncture.

Whatever you decide, make sure you do your research and consult with a specialist first. However, the most important thing you can do—and the most crucial step—is recognizing that anxiety disorders are a true illness and should be treated with as much care and attention as any other.

3 Traits of Extremely Smart People

Written by Salina Jivani


We’ve all come across someone who seems to be super-humanly smart. You know the one. That person who appears to have the power to predict the success of every decision. Everything they do seems to be exactly right, they overcome the most impossible of situations with ease, and, heck, even the way they talk or express themselves is nothing short of suave with a mix of genius. They have a good head on their shoulders and sometimes, just sometimes, you wish you could dissect their brain to see exactly what it’s made of (because likely it’s not what the rest of us mere mortals have in our own brains). Believe it or not, intelligent people do share certain qualities and traits that set them apart from the rest of the pack. Here’s a list of just three of the many characteristics you might notice in these wise owls.

They’re not know-it-alls

Intelligent people don’t pretend to know everything. In fact, they’ll probably be one of the very first to admit when they have no clue what’s going on. Instead of viewing their lack of knowledge about a subject or topic as a setback, they view it as an opportunity to brush up on a vaguely familiar topic or even about something that’s otherwise completely alien to them. This is what sets them above the rest—they continuously try to quench their thirst for information by acquiring more and more knowledge.

They’re funny

Think of what you’d expect and intelligent person to look like and your mind will probably conjure an image of a bespectacled person who is timid, robotic and has zero personality. But this stereotype is extremely off base—in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Intelligent people are usually extremely funny and have a great sense of humor. Think back to the person you admire for their brains, and it’s likely you’ll realize that they find humor in the slightest situations and possess a strong wit or a prominent funny bone.

They’re open to novel ideas

Smart people don’t limit themselves to only a specific set of ideas or beliefs. Their minds are broad and open to a myriad of thoughts and they’re all about exploring new thoughts or ideologies. Often, they consider different viewpoints and are open to weighing their options before deciding on a firm solution.

Going back to that person you believe to be highly intelligent. Observe what traits they have, pay attention to their behaviors and notice their outlook and perspectives on topics. Adopt their positive traits after careful analysis. By doing so, you’ll be embracing yet another trait of a highly intelligent person—embracing the best of traits from those around you and making them your own.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Beautiful Struggle

image1) How did the Beautiful Struggle movement begin?

Beautiful Struggle came from my own personal Life struggles with insecurities. I wanted to be able to offer Products to help women enhance there beauty and share a movement to stop insecurities!

2) What products and services do you offer you clients ?

Beautiful Struggle Offers Luxury Hair, EyeLash Extensions, Accessories and Custom T-Shirts

3) Tell us about your Women on the Rise Expo

Women on the Rise is a series of Expo’s that will tour the country inspiring and helping men and women achieve greater heights. It’s an event where people can share stories, provide exposure to their growing brands while support one another’s business endeavors. The event will travel to many locations throughout 2016 and 2018 with hopes of creating an annual expo.

4) Who or what inspires you the most to keep the beautiful struggle movement going ?

My Nieces and Nephews Inspire me the Most but My Purpose is to help all young adults with insecurities

5) What methods are you using to effectively market and brand your business.

I Mostly use Social Media because thats the GO TO now a days for people to shop and be apart of anything New.

6) What has been one of your biggest obstacles as an entrepreneur My biggest Obstacle is getting my brand across in a Positive and inspiring way that stands out from MOST!

7) How does someone go about being apart of the beautiful struggle movement ? visit the site. Also Beautiful Struggle offers a Distributor Program where you can be your Own Boss having a Luxury Hair Line. We will also have Distributor seminars on buying whole sale and becoming your own boss.

8) What is the biggest impact that you want your business/ movement to have on it’s followers. I want my followers to GET and BE inspired by knowing their worth with Beauty… I want to help and pull all women and men out of insecurities

9) What can we expect next from the Beautiful Struggle brand

Be expecting Multiple Sales through out the year of 2017! Follow My Social Media for all future Sales, giveaways, videos, and Movements

3 Ways to Brave the Cold Stylishly This Winter

Written by Salina Jivani

imageWith cold weather comes the overwhelming urge to cuddle up under the covers and hibernate till warmer weather resurfaces, bringing with it the sunny days of bikinis and halter tops. Unfortunately, most of us work, which means hiding under the covers for the next five months is simply out of the question.

But don’t worry. Even though the sexy season of summer is now behind us, you can still make the most of winter fashion by flaunting some happening styles that will keep you both toasty and en vogue.

This winter’s fashion won’t disappoint you. Here are three must-haves that’ll keep you styling and comfy all at once.

Turtlenecks: They’re around pretty much every winter season, but this year turtlenecks are sporting a new style. Throw them on under one of your summer dresses and you’ll be in sync with this year’s winter trend. What better way to save on a winter wardrobe, cling on to the not-too-distant memory of summer and stay warm and snuggly throughout the winter months?

Leggings: These stretchy pants initially made their reappearance two seasons ago by Phoebe Philo, and it seems like they’re here to stay for a while. To the glee of many women who love the comfort and allure of these trendsetters, leggings are back again in the fashion books this winter. Throw them on under a dress or a long, baggy top and you’ve got a good mixture of comfort and style—a dream come true for any fashionista who wants to look amazing without freezing in the name of fashion.

Boots: We can’t forget the most important accessory of them all, right? And let’s just be honest, we all look forward to winter because of one reason and one reason only…boots! The highlight of winter, boots can transform even the sloppiest of outfits from an utter fail to a complete traffic stopper. There’s something completely sexy about strutting around in something that modestly covers the curves and contours of your feet while still managing to make your legs utterly irresistible, lean and taut. This winter season in particular, platform boots are all the rave…so don’t miss out!

Bonus: We couldn’t stop at three, so we thought we’d throw in number four—for fashion’s sake. A quick peek at fashion sites, and you’ll see that trench coats are a big must-have this winter. Stylish and most effective at keeping you warm all around, trench coats are most definitely a great investment, if not for the sake of style then certainly for the total warmth they’ll embody you in—from head to toe!

We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely rejoicing that the most popular fashion choices this season are all about making you look your best while keeping the frost bite at bay! Cheers to looking great and staying healthy this winter.

How to Snag The Best Black Friday Deals–Every Time!

Written by Salina Jivani

imageHoliday shopping is the best part of the holidays, except for the damage it can wreak on your pocketbook. But that’s why Black Friday and Cyber Monday exist—right? To help you save tons of money?

Hmm…not really.

Though it’s no secret great deals have a tendency of lurking around the corners this time of year, particularly because stores are eager to turn a profit and get in the black, many consumers mistakenly assume that every deal they stumble across during these sales are the absolute best of the entire year. And many retailers take advantage of this false pretense and disguise rip offs as amazing “deals.” To make sure you enjoy your holiday shopping while protecting your wallet, here are some tips to follow.

Make a list—check it twice

Every year after Black Friday, store return counters overflow with gifts and coveted door busters that just days ago people were playing tug-of-war over. Why does this happen? Because consumers get excited in the moment and end up buying things they never really needed…or even wanted.

To avoid this, make a list of exactly what items you want to purchase. And be specific. Hunting for a tablet? Think about what size, brand and specs you’re looking for. Activity tracker? What features and style do you want?

If you make a list and are specific about exactly what it is you want, you’ll be less likely to splurge on something you’re not very keen on buying, which will keep you from the dreadfully long return lines immediately following Black Friday.

Do your research

No, we don’t mean you need to write an entire research paper before you go shopping. But we do recommend you go online and read the reviews about the product you’re looking to purchase. By doing your research ahead of time and considering customer feedback on the item you’re interested in, you’re less likely to be disappointed or dissatisfied with your purchase—especially if you’ve wasted a ton of time standing in a long line to buy it.

Do a price comparison

Most people love the thrill of Black Friday shopping—fighting the crowds, the thrum of late-night joviality and holiday spirit all around. Oh, and of course the shopping! But in the excitement of it all, it’s easy to get distracted and get ripped off by one of those fake deals we mentioned earlier.

To avoid getting fooled, make sure you start your research early on—at least a few weeks before the actual sale date. Compare prices among different retailers—both online and in store. Sometimes online deals trump anything you can find at a store. But do be mindful of shipping costs, because sometimes they can be heavy and, ultimately, a deal breaker.

If you are doing the majority of your shopping at one store but find a particular item that’s cheaper at another store, find out if the first store has a price match program. Often, these retailers will price match if you can provide a circular or online ad showing the discounted price at one of their major competitors.

And make sure you don’t limit your price comparisons to only before Black Friday. Once you make your purchase, it’s likely that some stores will drop their pricing, making it possible for you to get an even better deal—or at least have the store you purchased from price match the lower price from their competitor.

While you’re out snagging incredible deals on Black Friday—don’t forget, Cyber Monday is just around the corner. So if you didn’t find what you were looking for over the weekend, you could still have another shot at a great bargain!

3 Movies You Won’t Want to Miss This Holiday Season

Written by Salina Jivani


The best part of the holidays is indulging in decadent meals and spending valuable time with loved ones, whether that means playing family games or cozying up to a good movie. And like any year, 2016 comes with its own share of flicks you won’t want to miss this holiday season. Here are a few you’ll want to keep on your radar as the year comes to a close.

Almost Christmas: Released November 11*

A fun, laughter-filled Christmas comedy, Almost Christmas is about a retired man who invites his four children home for the holidays after having lost the love of his life just the year prior. He hopes his children’s company will make the holiday complete, but finds that Christmas isn’t nearly as joyous as he’d hoped. His children are constantly at each other’s throats and their bickering is endless, making for an entertaining and stress-induced holiday season.

If you’re looking to tucker in with a hilarious movie with just the right tinge of holiday spirit, you’ll want to make sure you carve some time out for Almost Christmas.

Office Christmas Party: Releases December 9*

You’ve probably seen the ads for this movie—and if you haven’t, words don’t do the trailer justice! Imagine work politics clashing with the most happening holiday party of the year. What do you have? Office Christmas Party!

When a CEO threatens to close down the branch where her party-animal brother works, she knows no good will come out of it. But little does she expect he’ll go to extraordinary lengths to save his job and those of his coworkers.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, this is sure to be a movie that leaves you rolling on the floor and feeling very much like you just crashed the best holiday bash of the year.

Moana: Releases November 23*

Okay, so I lied. This one isn’t holiday related, but who can say no to a sweet Disney princess movie? And this one’s the first one about a Polynesian princess! Made by the same people who created “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Aladdin,” Moana is a perfect pick if you’ve got little kids who’ll be home for Thanksgiving break, which is when this movie is scheduled to release.

*All release dates are tentative and subject to change.
Whatever it is you decide to do over the holidays and however you decide to celebrate or relax, we at VEU wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday season!