Photographer Cedric McCray Speaks on Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and More

Fatherhood, the one thing that we celebrate the least, yet happens to be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. We always show gratitude to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives, but rarely do we appreciate our men. As the child of divorced parents, one thing I will forever be grateful for is the relationship that I have always had with my dad. The relationship status of my parents never changed our status, and our relationship as father and daughter. 

In this fatherhood celebration digital issue, I wanted to to pay homage to a list of ten men who are not only great fathers, but entrepreneurs/ creatives as well. 

Meet Cedric McCray- Photographer

Fatherhood Celebration- Jason Lobdell Speaks on Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and More

Fatherhood, the one thing that we celebrate the least, yet happens to be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. We always show gratitude to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives, but rarely do we appreciate our men. As the child of divorced parents, one thing I will forever be grateful for is the relationship that I have always had with my dad. The relationship status of my parents never changed our status, and our relationship as father and daughter. In this fatherhood celebration digital issue, I wanted to to pay homage to a list of ten men who are not only great fathers, but entrepreneurs/ creatives as well. Each day for the remainder of June 2019, we will present to you a visual interview from one of our 10 featured fathers right here online at www.veumagazine.com.

Meet Jason Lobdell

Fatherhood Celebration- Lafayette Watkins Speaks on Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and More

Fatherhood, the one thing that we celebrate the least, yet happens to be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. We always show gratitude to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives, but rarely do we appreciate our men. As the child of divorced parents, one thing I will forever be grateful for is the relationship that I have always had with my dad. The relationship status of my parents never changed our status, and our relationship as father and daughter. In this fatherhood celebration digital issue, I wanted to to pay homage to a list of ten men who are not only great fathers, but entrepreneurs/ creatives as well. Each day for the remainder of June 2019, we will present to you a visual interview from one of our 10 featured fathers right here online at www.veumagazine.com.

Meet Lafayette Watkins– E-Commerce Entrepreneur

Fatherhood Celebration- Michael Shelton Speaks on Fatherhood, Business and More

Fatherhood, the one thing that we celebrate the least, yet happens to be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. We always show gratitude to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives, but rarely do we appreciate our men. As the child of divorced parents, one thing I will forever be grateful for is the relationship that I have always had with my dad. The relationship status of my parents never changed our status, and our relationship as father and daughter. In this fatherhood celebration digital issue, I wanted to to pay homage to a list of ten men who are not only great fathers, but entrepreneurs/ creatives as well. Each day for the remainder of June 2019, we will present to you a visual interview from one of our 10 featured fathers right here online at www.veumagazine.com.

Fatherhood Celebration- Artist and Creative Dan Flores Speaks on Fatherhood, and Creating

Fatherhood, the one thing that we celebrate the least, yet happens to be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. We always show gratitude to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives, but rarely do we appreciate our men. As the child of divorced parents, one thing I will forever be grateful for is the relationship that I have always had with my dad. The relationship status of my parents never changed our status, and our relationship as father and daughter. In this fatherhood celebration digital issue, I wanted to to pay homage to a list of ten men who are not only great fathers, but entrepreneurs/ creatives as well. Each day for the remainder of June 2019, we will present to you a visual interview from one of our 10 featured fathers right here online at www.veumagazine.com.

Meet Artist/ Creative Dan Flores

Fatherhood Celebration- Meet Motivational Speaker Torian Salary

Fatherhood, the one thing that we celebrate the least, yet happens to be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. We always show gratitude to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives, but rarely do we appreciate our men. As the child of divorced parents, one thing I will forever be grateful for is the relationship that I have always had with my dad. The relationship status of my parents never changed our status, and our relationship as father and daughter. 

In this fatherhood celebration digital issue, I wanted to to pay homage to a list of ten men who are not only great fathers, but entrepreneurs/ creatives as well. Each day for the remainder of June 2019, we will present to you a visual interview from one of our 10 featured fathers right here online at www.veumagazine.com.

Meet motivational speaker Torian Salary

Fatherhood Celebration- Meet United Intentions Founder Creator, Tim Ray

VEU Magazine Fatherhood Celebration Issue

Fatherhood, the one thing that we celebrate the least, yet happens to be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. We always show gratitude to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives, but rarely do we appreciate our men. As the child of divorced parents, one thing I will forever be grateful for is the relationship that I have always had with my dad. The relationship status of my parents never changed our status, and our relationship as father and daughter. 

In this fatherhood celebration digital issue, I wanted to to pay homage to a list of ten men who are not only great fathers, but entrepreneurs/ creatives as well. Each day for the remainder of June 2019, we will present to you a visual interview from one of our 10 featured fathers right here online at www.veumagazine.com.

Fatherhood Celebration Digital Issue- Meet Dave “Ready Writa” Felder

Written by Adrena Martin

Fatherhood, the one thing that we celebrate the least, yet happens to be one of the most important aspects of a child’s life. We always show gratitude to the mothers, grandmothers, and other women in our lives, but rarely do we appreciate our men. As the child of divorced parents, one thing I will forever be grateful for is the relationship that I have always had with my dad. The relationship status of my parents never changed our status, and our relationship as father and daughter. 

In this fatherhood celebration digital issue, I wanted to to pay homage to a list of ten men who are not only great fathers, but entrepreneurs/ creatives as well. Each day for the remainder of June 2019, we will present to you a visual interview from one of our 10 featured fathers right here online at www.veumagazine.com.

Introducing Dave Felder- Entrepreneur, DJ, and Author

Dave Felder


Women Running in the Elections for 2018

Written by Samantha Skinner

As we embark on this journey of change and hope in our world, we also embark on the many changes that might take place when it comes to voting season. The time for voting is now and when it comes to who you’re going to choose, you might not know about all of the candidates that are on the list.

There are actually quite a few strong women on the line up, many more than you would see in recent years, making it a year of change in many different ways and more way than one. Meet some of the women that are going to be running for the elections.

According to the New York Times, this is the most diverse the political pool has been ever. There is an increase in women and different minorities, as well as others coming into the mix and putting their names out there. It is sure to be one different type of election, a very interesting one, to say the least.

There are currently 260 women that are listed on the directory for the Center for American Women and Politics. With this number being so high, it is expected that it is going to continue to climb even further. Additionally, 60 of these women are currently running for senate or house during the elections. Some have owned their own businesses, others have backgrounds in political sciences and some are well known top of the line people at big businesses.

These women are all U.S. congressional nominees that are running during the elections, keep an eye out for their names – Chrissy Houlahan, Lena Epstein, Lea Marquez Peterson, Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, Dee Thorton, Elaine G. Luria and Jane Raybould amongst others.

These women get out there and inspire other women to do the same. As the world changes, it is important to note that as women, we can do anything we set our minds too and get to where we want to be.

The Problem with Charlamagne

Written by Jasmine Osby

A few weeks back, I finished reading Charlamagne the God’s book Black Privilege. And I was blown away.

I had gotten the book for Christmas; a gift my mother intending on grabbing for me after hearing me rant about how moving and influential Charlamagne was every morning on his show The Breakfast Club, alongside DJ Envy and Angela Yee. As an emerging industry professional myself, Charlamagne seemed a standard to attain. I truly considered him a media god.

 

But once I started reading the autobiography, I kept putting it down. My attention was not retained and, often times, found myself reading a paragraph or two and falling asleep. I was beginning to think the book was a bore.

 

It wasn’t until I’d read The Autobiography of Gucci Mane that I was able to focus on Black Privilege. And then BOOM, like a cosmic awakening, Black Privilege dug into me and I was transported to the many places Lenard McKelvey frequented and bloomed.

 

I was that eight-year-old being molested by a family friend, the big nosed kid with the fro who went from being made fun of to being the man. At night when I slept, my dreams airlifted me to Moncks Corner and I was that guy trapping out the drive through and the scared youth in jail hoping his dad would once again come rescue him.

 

I was Wendy Williams side kick and I was that hopeless radio guy who waited patiently for the next best opportunity. Every time I picked up Black Privilege, I found myself in Nard.

 

After finishing the book, I was filled with fire. The only opportunities were the ones I created! As a rising journalist and publicist, I’d mastered putting the weed in the bag and now it was time for the big leagues. And Charlamagne was my plug.

I immediately called my home girl.

“Sis, I just finished Charlamagne’s book!” I exclaimed. “Everybody in the crew needs to read it. It’s for us!”

“Girl, you know he a rapist?”

I was in shock.

So wrapped up in the novel, I’d been avoiding social media; unwilling to leave the Moncks Corner that had become my own. But upon returning, the scandal was everywhere. Trusted mentors and entertainment professionals from everywhere were splattered across my timeline sharing slander and allegations against my imaginary mentor figure. And my mind went into overdrive; stuck somewhere between a member of the Me Too movement and the industry.

I was torn. And as a sinking feeling swelled in the pit of my stomach, an invisible cloak slid over my mouth and I said nothing.

I remained silent for multiple reasons. Mainly because I felt like I’d be attacked. It wasn’t that I didn’t care, I just didn’t care enough to say anything. The risk of risking a collaboration with my Media Guru was too great. My ambition was greater than my morals and I was tearing at the seams.

The logistics were typical.  According to Billboard, a young woman named Jessica Reid accused Charlamagne of raping her at a party in 2001 when she was 15-years-old. Charlamagne denied the claims and the victim refused to cooperate with the prosecution. Ultimately, the young media mogul plead guilty to a lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to three years probation.

And despite Reid’s desire to reopen the 17 year old case, the South Carolina Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A Wilson issued a statement on July 12 the dismissed rape charge against Charlamagne would not be reopened and that he is innocent of the dismissed allegation.

I remembered Charlamagne discussing a situation similar to this in his book. I wondered if this was the same situation; I wondered if they were different. Either way I hope it wasn’t true.

Though the case against Charlamagne was not reopened, the situation surrounding the allegations is one all too familiar in todays age. The #MeToo movement is alive and well, with everyone’s favorite TV dad, record exec and movie guy falling prey to it around every corner.

While Charlamagne is no Harvey Weinstein, the sheer doubt cast upon his name following the reemerging of the incident was enough for many fans to turn their back on him and his brands. And, while I waited to get all the facts before making a final decision, I cannot lie and say heavily shaded side eye was cast in the direction of him and his Breakfast Club cohorts. Still, despite having facts, I still was conflicted.

As a journalist, I found myself upset with Charlamagne for getting “caught’. I watched as he was thrown into the same pool as Russell Simmons and Bill Cosby. But was he really caught? As a member of the media, I knew things were sensationalized and blown out of proportion all of the time; especially if there was a big name attached to it. But as a woman, was it really fair to downplay another woman horrific experience as just sensationalism?

As a woman, I was concerned for Jessica Reid, her children and her family. What does it feel like to walk around a victim for 17 years while watching the accused blossom and grow on the main stage? What if she’d pinned the wrong guy? How had she coped?

I also thought of Mook Mook, Charlamagne’s wife and their two daughters. I wondered if they’d saw the accusations; I wondered how his wife felt. I was concerned for them all.

As a fan, I felt a great sense of relief. Charlamagne was fully cooperative with the investigation and took a DNA test, which did not produce any evidence that he had sexual contact with the girl, according to TMZ.

I was thankful for the testing and that he was cooperative with the investigation. The last thing I wanted to see what the career of another successful, black man in entertainment go up in flames for the entire world to see.

It was something we’ve seen back to back these past few years. Favorites withiin the community succumbing to a demise built on a bed of allegations, sexual inappropriateness and vile sentencing’s. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Charlamagne. However, it did leave me filled questions.

Would this negatively impact Charlamagne’s brand and would IHeart catch flack for not disciplining the morning show host? How many men accused in the #MeToo movement didn’t do what they were accused of? And how many women were victims of sexual assault but never came forward?

More than anything, who in this industry could really be trusted? Trusted to be honest or trusted to be real? It was all a blur. I’d heard horror stories from both male and female colleagues about experiences with sexual harassment and assault while working in the entertainment industry. None of the stories were pleasant and most had either failed or catapulted in the industry.

As far as Charlamagne was concerned, I was happy my dog was off the hook. However, a daunting lesson hung over me. I knew from reading his book that Charlamagne hadn’t been the best guy in his earlier years, in fact he was downright disgusting. However, he’d been a well known mogul for years!

Yet still, something from his past was able to come back and bite him in the ass.

As a young professional, the tale of Charlamagne is a warning lesson for everyone coming up in entertainment, especially Hip Hop. For whom much is given, much is required. And just as soon as an opportunity is given, it can be stripped away.

I am thankful that isn’t the case with Charlamagne The God. Yet still it is a daily reminder that despite all of the bright lights in this industry, right around the corner, darkness is lurking.