You Can Do It: Success and Single Moms
3/7/2014 12:00:00 PM
Being a parent committed to raising a child to be a productive and successful adult is no joke. The task is even more daunting in one-parent households. And let’s be clear: single mothers come from all walks of life. There are highly educated single mothers. Single mothers who were once married. Single mothers who are pursuing their education – at the same time as their kids. The list goes on.
And yes – there are celebrity single mothers.
Their plight may be different due to their financial status but nevertheless, they still have the responsibility of being at the helm of running their business and their household. Let’s look at 43-year old Nia Long. (Yes…43 and too fabulous, right?)
You may think, “Well, she can hire help for her kids!” But despite being a busy Hollywood star, Nia Long says that she doesn't believe in someone else running her household. ...
Friend vs. Frenemy: When Girlfriends Break the "G" Code
3/4/2014 11:15:00 AM
Lawd, Jesus I am glad me and my girls are drama free! There’s nothing worse than having girlfriends who are grown women and it’s like being in high school! We see it all the time – especially on reality television.
Example? The Nene Leakes vs. Marlo Hampton beef on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. There was an embarrassing, immature, off-the-chain blow up at Cynthia’s event recently between Nene and Marlo – her former bridesmaid/friend turned foe. Marlo went off on Nene -- who was throwing Marlo major shade for becoming chummy with Kenya Moore. I mean this grown woman actually chased Nene down, cursing, calling her names – wilin’ out! Now, Marlo has apologized to Nene Leakes for her recent behavior on her blog “Musings from the Boudoir”, where she wrote, “I realize how we women sometimes tear each other apart in anger when, in truth, we’re really just feeling ...
Monday Motivator: Destroy Those Self- Destructive Thoughts!
3/3/2014 11:43:00 AM
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world. --Helen Keller
We all have our days when we don’t feel too hot about ourselves. It could be a physical flaw that irks us. Maybe it’s the fact we’re working like a dog and there’s no reciprocity. Whether it’s physical or not, self-loathing is a hindrance to our success and mental well-being. And for us women, lack of physical self-confidence corrodes other areas of our life. Though it’s okay to vent every now and then, a recent survey by TODAY and AOL, shows 77 percent of adult women complained about their appearance to someone at least once in the past month. That may not sound like a big deal but each time we speak negativity, a negative seed is sown.
Via Women’s Health Magazine, Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., author of A ...
Mistakes Grads Make When They Get the Gig!
2/28/2014 12:00:00 PM
A college student I know got a pretty good opportunity in a sports management organization. Two to three days in, they felt due to the long hours and extreme work expectations, they should receive a raise. After all, they were about to get their business degree and shouldn’t they be rewarded right away for their four years of study? Never mind their small amount of real industry experience. To them, the college degree was the right of passage to immediate promotion in their eyes. Needless to say, instead of a door being opened for a great career opportunity, they were shown the door!
I don’t get some of my youth. I love and adore them, but college grads looking for their first job are facing intense competition! From each other, more experienced candidates, older applicants who are changing careers, etc. The landscape of jumpstarting a career has changed. ...
Star Phone Interview: Actor/Comedian Gary Owen!
2/27/2014 12:31:00 PM
Gary Owen is my dude! He's coming to town tomorrow for the Top Shelf Comedy Tour! Listen in as we talk about the show, his role in "Think Like a Man, Too" -plus eye candy on the set- and more!
She's Gotta Have It: Some Women's Struggle
2/26/2014 12:00:00 PM
The health benefits of sex have been proven time and again and new research finds that getting it on can boost intelligence as well. Though they used mice for the experiment, it concluded increased sexual activity floods a person's brain cells with oxygen, which may help the neurons form. So sex can be good in many ways but too much of a good thing for the wrong reasons is a problem.
Remember Spike Lee’s movie, “She’s Gotta Have It”? The tale chronicled one woman’s quest for sexual satisfaction with multiple partners. We hadn’t seen female sexuality play out like that before so it was a tad bit of a shocker. That was on the screen but it can be struggle in real life for some. More than 30 million people are thought to suffer from a sexual addiction in the United States alone. While sex addiction affects both males and ...
Star Phone Interview: Raven Goodwin of "Being Mary Jane"!
2/25/2014 12:40:00 PM
Tonight be seated at 8pm with your full attention of the screen. It's the 2 hour season finale of "Being Mary Jane"! Listen in as I chop it up with Raven Goodwin, who play's Mary Jane's sassy niece, Niecy. Niecy is one of Patrick's daughters and Mary Jane's favorite niece. While Mary Jane feels she's lost in the world because she has a one-year old and is now eight months pregnant, Niecy also challenges Mary Jane to view her own happiness. Raven tells us about going from Disney to BET and more!
Motivational Monday: What Successful Women Do Differently
2/24/2014 12:04:00 PM
I love to learn lessons from women I view as successful. Now, success varies person-to- person. There are some who have higher salaries while others may not make boo-coo cash but are fulfilling a social mission that impacts others with grand results. There’s even varied categories of success as well. I’d classify them by work, family, fitness, service, and the list goes on.
But no matter the type or level of success one has there’s always beliefs, traits, habits, and actions successful people possess. I always ask women who are open - not “success snobs”- what tools have assisted in their accomplishments. Everyone has a different story but a commonality: they make the most of their opportunity and pursue their passions. But I like to see on paper tools, ideologies, and methods of how successful women become just that – a success! And I found a great piece for today’s ...
Former Inmate Turned Motivational Speaker: Kemba Smith
2/21/2014 12:00:00 PM
Although Kemba Smith had no prior criminal record, mandatory minimum sentencing laws have made her and an increasing number of women casualties of excessive punishments that do not fit their crimes. She was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison for conspiracy to participate in her boyfriend's drug activities. At the age of 24, Kemba Smith paid the price for loyalty, dearly. In 1994, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine for her boyfriend's drug activities, Kemba, 7 months pregnant at the time, was sentenced to 24.5 years in prison with no possibility of parole. Bill Clinton eventually granted her clemency. She's coming to Kansas City this Sunday at Renaissance Church 7205 Longview Rd 10am and Monday at Kauffman's conference center, 9am. RSVP at FaceForward@feckc.org. Listen in to our convo...it can chane a youth's life.
Collegiate Corner: ACT & SAT Prep
2/20/2014 11:36:00 AM
Blue Valley West High School junior Gavin Zhu earned perfect scores on the ACT as well as the SAT. Preparing since seventh grade paid off and now his college will be paid for. I applaud him, as well as his family for their efforts that allowed for his success. However, other students aren’t that fortunate.
Thank goodness there are more programs available than ever to help teens reach higher test scores. The Urban League offers free ACT prep – known to help raise a student’s score by many points. Yet still, just because a student doesn’t score a 30 on their ACT or hits a low on the SAT, does that really mean they aren’t fit for college or career success?
No. Some of us just aren’t good test takers. Then, there’s always been the debate that several aspects of standardized testing that have a cultural slant. But besides that, ...