When I was 4 or 5, I knew I wanted to be in the entertainment industry. I think “singer” is written down in my baby book. My mother even says my first spoken words were from songs heard on the radio. Fast forward a few years, singing kinda fell to the waist-side, but my future career choice remained in the same industry. It went from singer to entertainment lawyer to being the first Black woman to own the largest record label in the world. LOL! All of these things were so far fetched. Somehow, I knew my educational choices and personality would still put me inside the world of radio, television, film, and/or music.
For many people, finding the right career that’s suitable for you is daunting. You start out wanting one thing. By the time you graduate from college, your attitude, your environment, your livelihood, and such all changes. So many things could impact your dream. But if you focus hard enough on your passions, choosing the right career will be a breeze. Here are six steps that may help you find out what jobs are best for you:
- Understand & Know What Your Passions Are
- Ask Friends & Family About Their Opinion of You & What Career Field They’d Choose For You
- Research Careers That Match Your Interests & Experience
- Pick Your Top 3 Choices
- Create Several Versions of Your Resume (for those who may be talented in various areas; multi-talented)
- Apply To Those Jobs That You Are Suitable For
The list above are just a few items you should answer (or consider) while figuring out what career(s) are best. It may take some time to sort through it all. But, I can guarantee you that if you have strong desires and passion, the universe will lead you to that direction. No one should have to work a job that they feel miserable doing. You only get one life. Therefore, use every opportunity to make the best of it…even if that means making an entire life switch in order to work your dream job.
Shout out to Steve Harvey!
Next April (2014), funny man Steve Harvey will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters ‘Broadcasting Hall of Fame’. Harvey will join the ranks with other notable broadcasters who have made a huge impact on radio and television.
Steve Harvey is well-deserving of the acknowledgment. He has been in the entertainment business since the 1980′s. He has the numerous number one ranked programs and millions of listeners on his radio show. Harvey’s accomplishments are listed below:
- hosts the number #1 syndicated radio show in America, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”; the morning show is also #1 amongst African-Americans
- “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” airs on 70 different radio stations and garners 6 million listeners per week
- author; his book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” is an international best-seller and inspiration for the feature length film
- host of the daytime talk show “Steve Harvey Show”; received the 2013 Peoples Choice Award for “Favorite New Talk Show Host”
- host of syndication game show, “Family Feud”
Harvey has a unique ability to use humor that can transcend across all races and ages. Those are the things that have made him a very likable guy who can draw in audiences on any platform.
He will be inducted on April 8, 2014 in Las Vegas during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon. Other notable inductees are Tom Joyner (2000), Larry King (1992), Wolfman Jack (1999), and many others. To see the full list, visit www.nab.org.
One thing we like to bring awareness to are young entrepreneurs who are setting the example. And at just 11 year old, Imani Alsobrook is paving her own way into fashion.
Last Saturday, Imani was the youngest person to debut her couture fashion line at the Fall Into Spring Fashion Show. The show introduced the 2014 Spring Collections of four diverse fashion designers. Imani’s Peachie Pi clothing line featured garments layered in bright bold colors and animal prints. Peachie Pi, is known to cater to 4-17 year old girls, also features animal prints which give young fashionistas a more mature-but-kind friendly look.
According to the Peachie Pie website, the clothing line was owned and operated by Imani and her mother, Monica. Here’s a little background information on the two:
Imani Alsobrook is a budding fashion designer/entrepreneur who loves conceptualizing and designing apparel for girls and teens. At the young age of 11, Imani is proud to play a major role in turning an “idea” into a reality. Be on the lookout for Imani’s designs to be displayed and modeled at runway shows throughout Atlanta in 2013.
Monica Alsobrook is a proud wife, mom of three beautiful children, entrepreneur and wearer of many “hats”. However, when it comes to Peachie Pi, Monica is 100% focused on supporting Imani’s passion for fashion and design.
There’s many more great things in store for Imani and the Peachie Pie clothing line. This was evident during the Fall Into Spring fashion show. Take a look at a few of Imani’s designs that hit the runway:
Follow Imani’s line on Facebook @ Peachie Pi and on Twitter@ PeachiePi27 .
Special thanks Shoni Hymes, of SHONIGURL, LLC for the invite!
NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion, Carmelo Anthony has teamed up with 50 Cent on the SMS Audio, an audio and headphone accessory brand. Anthony has signed on as an investor. He will also be the newest brand ambassador.
“50 Cent approaches SMS Audio the same way I do each of my games – with focus and passion,” said Mr. Anthony. “SMS Audio produces and markets high caliber products, delivering a sound unlike anything I have heard – I look forward to representing such an innovative global brand.”
Since entering the NBA, Anthony has emerged as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league and currently plays for the New York Knicks, and is the team’s 2012/2013 scoring champ. Named to the All-Rookie team, he was also part of the All-Star and All-NBA teams six times. Anthony led the Nuggets to two division titles and to the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2010. As a member of the USA National Team, Anthony won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
Anthony marks the second celebrity to get involved with SMS Audio as an investment partner. In 2011, mega-producer Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley also became a partner, bringing his unparalleled music production background to the brand.
“Carmelo Anthony is one of today’s premier athletes and is known globally for both his sportsmanship and his philanthropic endeavors,” said 50 Cent, CEO of SMS Audio. “He perfectly embodies the values behind SMS Audio and we’re excited to have him representing our brand – Providing Superior Sound Quality through Innovative Audio Products.”
A global audio headphone and accessories brand, SMS Audio is dedicated to improving the way people around the world experience music by combining technology, function and style to bring a superior level of sound, comfort and fashion to every product. Delivering a professional, studio-quality music experience, the SMS Audio line includes STREET by 50™ and SYNC by 50™. SMS Audio offers a full range of premium headphones, earbuds, and accessories designed to meet the needs of various consumer segments. SMS Audio plans to release several new products throughout 2014.
Through its partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, each U.S. sale of SMS Audio products, in-store or online at www.SMSAudio.com, will help SMS Audio’s commitment to provide 1,000,000 meals annually to food insecure families throughout the United States.
All SMS Audio products are available at www.SMSAudio.com. For more information about SMS Audio, visit www.SMSAudio.com.
Read enough of my work, and you’re sure to find “Life is fleeting” littered about like trash on a desolate highway. It’s not only fleeting, it’s hard. No matter your financial aspirations, world conquering business ideas, or your impending lotto winnings, the sooner you accept this truth, the sooner you’ll be able to comprehend the following: Life is all about what you make it. Therefore, it is what you speak into it. I don’t mean proclaim you want a million dollars and honestly think it’s going to magically manifest itself into your bank account. You’re still required to do the work. I’m speaking merely about the immense power of positive words and how life altering maintaining a positive disposition can be. However, before positive actions and subsequent results take place, we must first practice speaking positivity into existence. There is no circumventing this process. It has been proven that success is a culmination of positive habits. By developing the habit of speaking positively, we are able to establish a foundation of positivity, which will embolden our efforts to achieve and sustain success, health, and happiness.
So how do we speak positivity in the midst of hardship? What affect will speaking more positively have on my life? Both answers are entirely contingent on you. There’s a daily exercise I practice every morning. After I say my daily prayers, I give myself a daily pep talk. I stand in front of a mirror and I encourage myself. I may say, “You are focused, talented, and are destined to succeed” on Tuesday and “Today will be a great day. You woke up this morning so you’ve already won” on Wednesday. It’s not so much about reciting a particular script as it is the routine of speaking prophetically. This exercise always sets the tone for the rest of my day. You can equate it to a prize fighter who recites, “You didn’t come this far to lose” to himself before being escorted to ring side. How about the quarterback who says to his teammates, “It’s Showtime, we CAN do this!” as they take the field for the big game? What you say to yourself on a daily or even weekly basis can have such a significant impact on both the direction and quality of your life. The power of the tongue is enormous, which is why we must make it a habit to speak positivity into the atmosphere. Speaking positivity into your life isn’t rhetoric. It’s a proven remedy against negativity, self-doubt, and uncertainty. Your life will never be perfect, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a slave to negativity. When you’re more positive and speak positively, it really can transform your circumstances. Speaking positively (less complaining) also changes the way we focus on problems. Instead of focusing on the negatives, we start focusing on solutions. It is through the search of solutions that we develop our resolve, find humility, and hone in on our purpose.
We’re almost at the end of the year and I’d like to invite you to try my daily exercise. I would like for you to locate the nearest mirror. Stand in front of it, look yourself in the eye, and scream at the top of your lungs “I will speak positively, prophetically, and on purpose!” If you actually did it, I certainly hope you’re in the privacy of your own home. If not, I’m not responsible for your security escort to your car. Speak positively; good thoughts beget good habits. Speak prophetically; if you claim your success you’re already half way there to achieving it. Speak on purpose; be mindful of the words you speak and you (and those around you because it’s infectious) will reap the benefits on into perpetuity. .
André George is a lifestyle writer and brand strategist. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr @TheAndreGeorge
The Ratchet Report: Prisoner Escapes for Dental Appt, $50K Thieving Bride, & Black Teacher Charged for Educating Whites
Definition of “Ratchet” in the Urban Dictionary: A hot mess
Inmate Escapes Prison for Dental Appointment
Swedish Inmate escapes and returns to prison for tooth ache…. A 51 year old Swedish inmate decided to take matters in his own hands after complaining about a serious tooth ache. The inmate was reported to be complaining about his tooth aching for several days however was ignored by officers and other officials in the prison. The inmate was serving a one a month sentence in a minimum security prison. “My whole face was swollen. I just couldn’t stand it anymore,” the inmate told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN), according to a translation by the Local. The inmate was sentenced to an additional 24hrs for fleeing the prison bust since then has been released.
This has been one of the funniest prison escape stories I have ever heard. In the words of the famous late great comedian Robin Harris “…Gotta Go Gotta Go.” LOL
Bride Approves Her Own Fringe Benefits to Pay for Wedding
Bride uses company credit card to pay for lavish dream wedding….La’Reese Michelle Darville, 31 of Port St. Lucie, was arrested for charging $50,000 to Partners III Pawn where she worked as operations manager. La’Reese married husband Darell at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida a few months prior to being charged for the allegations. The company became suspicious and alerted authorities after receiving bills for late payments on a company card that had not been used in 2 years. La’Reese’s told authorities her father Leroy Felix part owner at the Pawn Shop approved all charges. She confessed to using the card over 13 times for the wedding but had every intention to pay the money back as soon as possible.
I know it’s almost every girls dream to get married but who would have ever thought it would result in fraud and grand theft. She’s going to have one hell of a honeymoon or in her case a honey boom!
African-American Teacher in Big Trouble for Teaching Her Class
College professor reprimanded after complaint from white students…. Minneapolis Community and Technical College Professor Shannon Gibney was reprimanded by school leadership after 3 white students filed a complaint during a mass communication class. Gibney is an English and African Diaspora teacher at the technical college she explained that her job is to teach topics on racism, imperialism, capitalism and history. This is not the first time students have complained about the topics covered in the class. It was reported that discrimination allegations had been filed back in 2009 because she made white students feel uncomfortable. Gibney also stated that she was attempting to explain to the students the oppression and whiteness system of 21st Century America and recommended that they file with the college legal affairs department. The School decided to follow through with the complaint and filed charges under their anti-discrimination policy.
This week the “Really Award” goes to La’Reese Michelle Darville, 31 of Port St. Lucie. I repeat this week the “Really Award” goes to La’Reese Michelle Darville, 31 of Port St… That’s All…
Submitted by Dameon Daniels, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid leader, passed away yesterday at the age of 95. His heroic, inspiring, and courageous spirit was the foundation in which his legacy stood on. After spending 27 years behind bars for leading the anti-apartheid revolution, Mandela not once buckled under pressure from government. His battle to end the social injustices within South Africa was met with reward in 1994. That year marked the end of apartheid.
Even before and after his presidency (1994-1999), Mandela keen insight on the movement and its affect on the nation was expressed many times through numerous speeches. He became a well-respected man worldwide because of his strength and ability to overcome many adversities. Mandela’s life was extraordinary. His thoughts on race, poverty, mankind, etc were extremely inspiring and admirable. This is why many of us rely on his quotes to help us understand certain injustices or how our lives should be.
In honor of the life and legacy, we’d like to share some of our favorite quotes/memes from Nelson Mandela.
Corporations and brands have been known to use third party firms to collect consumer data. But, those days are soon long gone.
According to a recent video on WSJ.com, there’s a new app that will allow consumers to rate products directly through their iPhone or Android. The app is called Rewardable. It is a data collection app that helps brands determine the marketing strength of their products. Most third party consumer survey companies are known to pay individuals $25 to $200 to participate. Now, through the Rewardable app, people can earn money on the spot, while shopping in their favorite store.
The money earned goes directly into your PayPal account. This totally cut out the middle man.
To learn more about the app, watch the video below:
Tiffany Foxx celebrated her birthday recently in her hometown of St. Louis. She did it big with celebrity friends and family. Alongside her, of course, was her boss lady Lil Kim. In honor of her birthday, Lil Kim presented Tiffany with a chic powder blue mink coat. Check out the coat’s fabolous-ness below in these exclusive photos:
Source: Arenia “ReinChild” Plowden, ReinChild PR
Last week, we mentioned that Tameka Raymond was honoring the life of her son in a special way.
Well, many people came out to support Tameka Raymond on Saturday. Despite the cold weather, those who wished to show their support (and get a little fitness time in) joined in on the beautiful occasion. Several known celebrities were in attendance to get their 5K run/walk on: Syleena Johnson (singer/”R&B Divas”), Monifa (“R&B Divas”), Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game Foundation), Rashan Ali (Streetz 94.5FM) and many others.
In case you missed out on the fun, here are a few photos from the walk:
For more information on the upcoming events or ways to donate, visit www.KilesWorldFoundation.org.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith, of Jay Productions, for the exclusive photos!
According to the 2013 Nielsen Ratings report on the Asian-American consumer, data collected suggests that their economical impact is becoming more evident. To come to this conclusion, Nielsen took an in-depth look at how much Asians spend, what they spend it on, how much is their annual household income, their spending patterns, and lifestyle trends.
Here’s some top-level highlights from the report:
- Asian American buying power continues to increase and is projected to reach $1 trillion by 2017.
- Asian Americans spend 33 percent of their dollars on deals, compared to 27 percent of non-Asians. About 78 percent of Asian Americans say they like to shop around before making a purchase, and two-thirds say they are willing to pay more for quality.
- Eighty-six percent of Asian American households have some sort of savings account, compared to 76 percent of the general U.S. population. In addition, nearly one-third of Asian Americans surveyed keep money in certificate of deposits, a rate 86 percent higher compared to 17 percent of the general U.S. population.
- Ads featuring culturally relevant situations and characters make up 65 percent of top ads among Asian Americans.
- While Asians Americans are known to be tech savvy, many still use traditional media outlets such as TV, radio and print to get culturally-relevant entertainment and information.
“Nielsen’s information shows that Asian Americans are a unique, multifaceted group of consumers with different purchasing behaviors and viewing patterns from the general population,” said Betty Lo, vice president of public affairs, Nielsen. “Building on their heritage, academic achievement, adaptability and rising spending clout, Asian American consumers are a powerful economic and influential force.”
What this is means is that over time, we will begin to see more advertisements featuring Asian-Americans. Brands typically begin to construct their marketing campaigns around the who their consumers are. In this case, we will see this happen with Asians in the forefront.
Will the Black or Latino dollar become extinct? This is an area we need to pay close attention to. Because if the urban community aren’t spending as much, then that means that salaries are lessening and our economic power is diminishing.
This is definitely something to think about…
Tumblr, the blogging site that attracts an eclectic group of 35 and Unders, was recently purchased by Yahoo for a cool $1.1 billion. The attraction to the site was due to its hip and wildly witty demographic. Of the 170 million Tumblr users, half of them are under 35 years of age. On any given day, you are liable to see the quirkiest of comments, humorous posts, and even some risky images. These are just a fraction of what attracts certain people to the site. This internet hub has become one of the hippest of social media sites.
With all big acquisitions, the ability for the company to make money is what lingers in the balance. So of course, Yahoo is now pressuring Tumblr to sell more ads. As part of Tumblr’s “Year End Roundup” event, Yahoo will highlight the best ads that appeared on the site in 2013.
On HTTP://YEARINREVIEW.TUMBLR.COM, there will be an exploration of 20 categories ranging from the most popular musical groups to the most interesting architecture of 2013. Boasting a plethora of images, the review will continue through December with daily posts spanning 40 more categories that will culminate on New Year’s Eve with the best fireworks displays featured on Tumblr during the year. – AP
Okay so… most of us heard the news that ADIDAS has offered Kanye West a deal worth $10 million. This amount of money could be considered small change to Kanye. But, unlike his former deal with NIKE, ADIDAS is offering royalties that will allow West to secure his child’s future and generations after.
His strong desire to create clothing, shoes, etc has caused many people to label him as being “crazy”. Kanye’s main goal is to use his relevancy to gain the respect and opportunities from the fashion industry. After two failed attempts with NIKE and Louis Vutton, ADIDAS has heard his cry and will partner up with the rapper/producer/designer on several new projects.
ADIDAS released the following statement:
“For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West. Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
For the last several weeks, West has been on a radio promo tour that has fueled a lot of emotion. His most talked about radio interview is the one with Sway (“Sway In The Morning” Show) where he allowed his frustration to cause a little rift between them. From watching the video it is clear that West had a lot on his mind and was reaching his breaking point. All he want to crack open the hardened eggshell of which is the fashion industry. Sadly, the old money that runs the major fashion houses is making it difficult for him to break-in.
Sway didn’t have the answers nor does anybody else let Kanye tell it. But, one question that has been on my mind is… why doesn’t he invest his own money into building his own factory??
Not having access to these factories, is one of Kanye’s biggest gripes. I’m sure if he doesn’t have enough money to build one on his own, there’s a great possibility that investors would come in to take up the slack. Take Richard Branson for example. He’s always stepping out there and building his own (like the Virgin Galactic Spaceflight). Branson is a billionaire, however, he’s a creative just like Kanye. His ideas go beyond the average thought process. He’s innovative and he doesn’t allow anyone to stop him from accomplishing a goal.
Kanye West has the ability to do that as well. He can open up his own factory. He can manufacture his own products. Why he doesn’t understand that…I’m not sure. Yes, he’s trying to jump into the high-fashion industry quickly. This is why others believe that he hasn’t crawled enough to be expecting opportunities to be handed to him. One day he has to realize that (although he may be at the top of the music business), he’s at the bottom of the totem pole in fashion. It will some time for him to crack open those doors. However, the best way to combat the opposition is to take matters into your own hands.
Kanye…just build your own factory!
If you pull up to the McDonald’s drive-thru on Thursday (Dec. 5), don’t be surprised if no one is there to take your order.
Fast food workers in over 100 cities are expected to walk off their jobs this week. This nationwide protest is the continuation of a ongoing fight for higher minimum wage. Currently, the U.S. minimum wage is $7.25, which is seen as an absurd amount to live on for many workers. The campaign is backed by unions and other advocacy groups. Their aim is to get the minimum wage increased to $15 a hour. However, many of the fast food companies find that request unrealistic.
President Obama is even supporting the campaign. Just last month, he said that he would support Senate’s efforts to raise the federal minimum wage rate to $10.10 a hour.
Advocacy groups believe that the fast food industry hasn’t restructured its thoughts to modern times. Today, many workers aren’t teenager or young adults working their way through school. Instead with the unemployment rates, older individuals are applying for jobs at fast food joints. Adults have more household responsibilities. The federal minimum wage is simply not enough to survive on.
Do the strikers have a point? Or should they be thankful that they’re getting a paycheck period?
When the STACKS Magazine journey started, I was in my 30s. Even though the dreams of having a magazine frequented nightly sleeping sessions, putting forth the effort was constantly met with procrastination. Having a full-time job, also killed any moments that required me to pull out a pen and pad and begin brainstorming.
People go through these setbacks everyday. But, what I wanted to one day prove was that I was different. The need to release my creative juices began to revisit my thoughts year after year, day after day. The one thing I knew was that time was not on my side. Instead of holding myself back, soon I decided to empower myself with the Nike motto and “just do it.”
I remember having a discussion with a corporate executive in his mid-40s. Our conversation started off with me getting advice on best practices that will help me move up the corporate ladder. As we talked further, we began to share our non-company related talents and hobbies. I found out that he was a writer and that he’s always had an affinity for the hobby. At that point, we both realized that we had something in common. While I sat there in his corner office, inside I was thinking why he didn’t pursue that as a career choice. Why did he allow time to catch up to him and prevent him to write books? That was something I didn’t want to happen to me.
I could tell writing was something he truly enjoyed doing. I could see the joy in his eyes. I’m sure he could see the joy in my eyes as well as I revealed to him that I write too. I’m sure he could also see disappointment. I had reached my ending point at the utilities company. My work ethic and accomplishments weren’t being recognized by my manager. After giving the company 8 years of my life, I was at my wits end. I knew it was time to go and pursue my dream.
For individuals, especially creatives, your talents haunt you over time. If you are out in the working world, not doing what it is that you love, you’re never satisfied. You become a little depressed. Sometimes a light goes off however that motivates you to start putting your dreams in motion. Although, my want to leave corporate America started developing years before I even sat down with the executive, that one-on-one meeting was the defining moment. I knew it was time to go full force on this magazine idea that I had been slowly cultivating outside of my job.
Time is not on anyone’s side. Each year we get older. We must understand, however, that it is never too late. We hear stories about older individuals in their 70s or 80s finally getting their high school diploma or college degree. We hear inspiring stories like Tamar Braxton’s most recent Soul Train Awards speech. In her speech she talked about being 36 years old and having the courage to keep striving to become a top R&B singer. She started in the business as a backup singer for her sister Toni Braxton. Tamar survived several failed record deals and solo albums. But, she persevered. Now, she’s a household name with her singing career off to a good start and two hit reality TV shows. Again, Tamar has persevered despite her age. In the music business, age plays a major part in how labels devote time, effort, and money into the artist. So, the fact that she’s out living out her dreams while being in her late 30s (which is against music business standards), is a testament that anyone can do whatever they want at any age.
Dreams aren’t meant to fade away. In fact, they are present in our minds so that we can manifest them. Talents given to us as gifts from God aren’t meant to lie dormant. They are within us so that we can share them with the world. If you have been contemplating whether or not to pursue a new career, go back to school, or start a business…now is the time to do it. Keep in mind, you may be too old to pursue that dream of becoming a star basketball player. In your 50s, you’re bones may not be as strong as they used to be. But, that doesn’t mean you trash your dream. Renovate your dream and try the coaching route. Start a basketball camp and enlist some top ballers in your city. The key is to still try to achieve what it is you love, even if it is in a different shape or form.
You only have one life to live. Live it up while you can and don’t allow age insecurities deter you from following your dreams.
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Strangely, rapper The Game’s name has been brought up in a copyright infringement lawsuit between Sony/ATV and a 1970′s/1980′s rock group.
Donnie Iris and two others associated with the rock group, The Jaggerz, have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Pittsburgh. The lawsuit claims that their song “Memoirs of a Traveler” was sampled in the song “Letter to the King”, which was included on The Game’s 2008 album LAX. Iris, his co-writer Eugene “Benny” Faiella, and the estate of their former manager Joseph V. Rock are claiming that there are a substantial amount of unpaid royalties not accounted for. Thus, they are suing Sony/ATV.
But why if The Game is signed to a different label?
The Game is signed to Geffen/Universal. However, the label says that the royalties from the song were paid to EMI Publishing Company. Unfortunately, the lawsuit states that EMI never passed the money on to the plaintiffs. Plus, Sony bought out EMI in June 2012. This is why Sony is being sued.
The plaintiffs also claim that they have tried several times to settle this issue out of court. But, since January 2013, they believe Sony hasn’t made any real effort to pay them, even after being sent several correspondences throughout the year.
The guys are simply tired of waiting. Therefore, a lawsuit was filed last Wednesday. The amount the songwriters are suing for are unknown.
It is always a pleasure to see people, especially young Black men, doing their part in the community. We often times hear about their shortcomings or issues in the media. But, we hardly ever see any press announcements about the good that they do.
This Thanksgiving, several of our favorite rappers went back to where it all started to show a little gratitude. In Atlanta, T.I. handed out turkeys (and other food items) to the city’s Westside community. The “give back” event was held at the Adamsville Recreation Center. Not too far from the Harris clan, Jeezy took a different approach this year for Thanksgiving. Normally he would load a truck up full of turkeys and head over to the 4th ward area to hand them out to the less fortunate. But, this year he teamed up with Shanti Das over at the Atlanta Mission, and prepared meals for the people at the shelter.
Meek Mill took the opportunity to show his homeland of Philadelphia some major love. This was his first annual ‘Dreamchaser’s Thanksgiving’. The event turn out was great and Meek was elated to know that he could do a small part for one of Philly’s areas (North Philly).
“I show love back for the support they’ve given me, but you know this is like one of the easiest things we do during the day like turkeys and food and nothing involved. When it’s big, it’s about showing the kids you can come from nothing and become something, they can be in my position and help give back to the community anytime,” Mill said.
Big Sean and Mike Epps joined forces to give their hometown citizens. Since Big Sean’s start in the rap game, he’s always shown his appreciation to Detriot with free concerts, holiday give-backs, etc. So, he’s no stranger to it. The essence of being a stand-up guy lies definitely inside of Big Sean.
Countless other celebrities made the most of their holiday time this year. Kudos to everyone that acted unselfishly by supporting a cause or being the driving force behind your own “give-back” initiative.
The Ratchet Report: NY Idiot’s Plan B Pill Arrest, Wild Wings Lack of Service, & Girl-on-Girl WWE Fight at The Game’s Party
Definition of Ratchett in the Urban Dictionary: A hot mess
New York City Man arrested for attempted forced abortion….
New York City resident slips Plan B pill in girl breakfast…. Jaron Davis was arrested on November 25th in New York City after being charged with forcing an abortion after a one night stand. Davis apparently slip a Plan B pill in the cereal of the allege victim after sexual intimacy between the two. The Plan B Pill is an abortion pill that is taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex and 1 more pill 12 hours later as an alternative method to abortion. As Jaron Davis was being arrested for the charge he recited the lyrics to Rick Ross’s U.O.E.N.O song ft. rapper Rocko. Police reports stated that as Davis was being cuffed he said “I put Plan B all in her cereal and She Aint’t Even Know It.”
I guess Davis felt as though he was in the clear and had it all in the bag (no baby for him). I think he missed a few days out of Sex Ed because even though Plan B does work for abortions during unprotected sex, he obviously forgot about STD’s.
South Carolina party of 25 vs. Wild Wings….
South Carolina African-American party of 25 asked to leave Wild Wings… Michael Brown and his family were asked to leave a Wild Wings Café in Charleston, South Carolina after waiting 2 hours. Brown contacted the corporate office several times to report the incident and lack of customer services however was ignored. It wasn’t until Brown took matters into his own hands and posted the story on social media sites that the company decided responded to him months later. Brown stated that a White female customer complained to management that she felt threaten by Brown and his party. A family member with Brown video recorded the conversation between Brown and the management and was later escorted out after the manager became angry even after waiting 2 hours.
We are living in time of racial profiling, discrimination, social injustice and inequality. I can’t believe this well-known company that has been supported by people of all walks of life would even consider stooping so low, but I see some things never change. The saddest part about this situation is the corporate office only wanted to compensate Brown and his family with a free meal. SMH…. Where is Rev. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton when you need them!
LA Twerk-Off gone Wrong….
LA Nightclub turns into a WWE battle…. LA rapper “The Game” hosted a birthday party at Supperclub a popular spot that’s known for good food, drinks and fun. Everything was good as woman was reported to be providing the rapper with a private twerk show in his car. Minutes later the woman began to argue with another woman which started a blood shed with several other women. The women ripped out weaves, beat each other with shoes and ripped off shirts leaving several women topless. It was reported by TMZ that when the cops finally arrived they were able to apprehend and arrest one of the woman involved.
I think the women were channeling the popular 1984 movie “Breakin” but with a new twist.
This week the “Really Award” goes to New York’s dumbest Jaron Davis. Didn’t he learn from Rick Ross losing millions and a huge endorsement … apparently “He Ain’t Even Know It”.
Written by Dameon Daniels, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
It’s that time of year, where families (or individuals) escape the work week in order to spend time with their loved ones. Most times, spending time means that they will have to travel some distance. When traveling domestically or internationally, however, the costs to purchase an airline ticket or rent a car can become overwhelming to your wallet. So, what should you do if you need to make a quick trip someplace? Here are some simple tips to help avoid going over budget.
1. Check and purchase airline tickets from discount websites – Try to avoid booking tickets directly from carrier sites. Delta, AirTran, United, and others will charge you absurd amounts when booking fares from them. The best thing to do is check sites like Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, CheapAir for the most inexpensive flight. Sometimes, less costs may mean that you will have to lay over somewhere. But, as long as you can spare a hour or two, making one-stop shouldn’t be a big problem. Another great site to check is AirFareWatchDog.com. If you sign up for their email list, they will send you daily or weekly emails listing the best rates among all airlines. Once you get the email, you can click on a price and go straight to the corresponding website to make your purchase.
But note…most discounted flights will have travel date limitations. So, be sure to make sure that the special offer concurs with when you are planning to travel.
2. Lower costs by avoiding the simple pleasures (i.e. WiFi) – Nowadays, airlines are trying to stay one step ahead of the competition by offering a more enjoyable flight experience. They do this by offering WiFi, seating with extra leg room, select meals, alcohol, etc. Even though these nice additions may make your flight more comfortable, the extra fees attached to them may disappoint you. Avoid putting a dent in your pockets by buying a standard/economy seat. Unless, you are 6 feet tall, your legs will survive a short flight (stand up and stretch during the flight). Also, use your flight time to catch up on some reading. Bring a book instead of purchasing WiFi. If your flight will only take two hours, your friends on social media will not fret about you being away for that long.
For meals, save money by packing some snacks at home or stopping by your favorite fast food spot. If there are food restrictions when boarding your plane, just hide your goodies in a purse or carry-on bag.
3. Pack lightly – A major headache for most travelers are the extra baggage fees. Delta, for instance, charges $25 for a second carry-on. Also, if your luggage is over the 50lb limit, you’ll incur more fees. So, save up some extra spending money by packing lightly. Only carry with you the bare necessities. Weekend trips should only account for one bag. If so, one carry-on bag will be at no cost to you.
4. Take advantage of corporate/government discounts on rental cars – A lot of us forget that our company or state agency have discounted rates at selected rental companies. Check with your job first to see if they offer such a thing. A corporate discount may only be 10-15% of the rental cost. But at least that will knock down the final rental rate. Also, corporations or AARP rates come with special privileges like renting without confirming payment or preferred status which allow you to reserve a car during busy holidays.
Thanksgiving will be here in a few days so it may seem last minute. And with last minute reservations come high costs. But don’t worry, there will be people who will cancel their reservations. If so, this will free up seats on flights and cars in the lot. Airlines and some rental companies offer “last minute” deals anyway. You may just luck up and cop a deal for little or nothing.
A very progressive move was made today with the release of One Direction’s new album, Midnight Memories. The Sony/Columbia label partnered up with one of the tech world’s most popular social media apps, Kik. With Kik’s ability to reach over 95 million users, One Direction’s new project was able to reach new plateaus in global marketing abilities.
Fans across the globe was introduced to a 1D Kik Card, chat with friends, and unlock exclusive content from an unique “unlocking” program designed for the music group. The card has the ability to let fans share videos, photos, news and their own exclusive One Direction content.
“We believe that messaging tools will be dominant in millennial communication, and that music will be a prominent vertical in that space. We’re excited to help Columbia get out there early to take advantage of this growing marketplace, and we’re confident other labels and brands will follow their lead.” said David Rosenberg, managing director, IPG Media Lab.
he IPG Media Lab connected Kik with Columbia Records and designed an exclusive community-driven opportunity for fans to get first looks, and connect to each other and the band. The card also gives One Direction a 24/7/365 presence on Kik and a new channel to drive engagement, making it a strong indicator of where music and brand marketing are heading in the space.
“We’re excited to provide One Direction with a fun, authentic new way to reach millions of their fans,” said Kik CEO Ted Livingston. “Brands and marketers are beginning to realize that messaging is the killer app in mobile, and we’re looking forward to working with IPG Media Lab to help more incredible brands like One Direction connect with their audiences.”
To access the 1D Kik card: Download and install Kik, available at Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Kik, go to www.1dkikcard.com on your iPhone or Android smartphone.
One Direction- Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson formed in 2010 and have since amassed a loyal fan base and fame all across the globe. With two albums to date, UP ALL NIGHT and TAKE ME HOME, they have impressively sold over 36 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 67 number ones. It’s been an incredible year for One Direction as they took home a BRIT Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 Teen Choice Awards and received a moonman for Best Song Of The Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. This summer, One Direction made their movie debut with their massive hit 3D concert movie and documentary One Direction: This Is Us. The film has been a phenomenal success, topping the UK and US box offices and grossing an incredible $67 Million worldwide. The band will release their third studio album MIDNIGHT MEMORIES on November 25th which includes the worldwide smash hit “Best Song Ever” and the current single “Story Of My Life.”
If you’re like the millions of Americans who constantly bemoan the daily grind, it’s time that you step up, take control, and kick routine in the @$$. Routine is the personified devil incarnate. With a world filled with people who subscribe to “homogenous reproduction weekly,” it’s no wonder why so many suffer boring lives unnecessarily. We eat out at the same places, hang with the same people, and spend our days imprisoned within the same routine. One uneventful day passes by after another. One of the biggest thieves of our time and money is created by this perpetual pendulum—monotony. Or as I like to call it—the life killer.
We have to dare to explore—to shake things up. Do something different. Introduce change into the equation. Take the cooking class you’ve always wanted to take, or go to the shooting range and be Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry for a couple hours. Life is fleeting and we’re all going to die one day, so let’s live like it. It isn’t to depress you but to keep you face to face with the reality that life is a precious gift with an unknown return date. If we are to truly live our greatest life, we must take chances, embrace the unknown, and charge forward courageously. Here are 5 steps you can follow to give routine a swift kick out of your life.
1. Fearless. It’s scary. Maybe even a bit frightening. For our purposes, frightening is good. Doing that which you have never done may be panic inducing. If so, good. Routines need to be shaken up. The best way to do this is to be fearless. I know it’s easier said than done, but it has to start here. If you allow fear to keep you imprisoned in your comfort zone, there’s really no way for me to articulate just how much living you have and will continue to miss out on. Over come this fear and take a chance.
2. Deviate. Simple enough, right? Change pace. Here’s an example: If you are accustomed to driving a certain route home every day from work, change it. Find an alternate route. Why? The slightest deviation from the norm could spark something—anything. A small deviation from routine may not trigger a life altering catharsis, but it may in fact serve as the catalyst to a newer, more renewed perspective. It may provide a sense of clarity that had eluded you before. I like to think of deviation from routine like a small ripple in a still pond. The smallest movement, can create residual benefits.
3. Explore. You’ve wanted to go mountain biking for 10 years. What’s stopping you? You’ve been meaning to learn a second language for years, but can’t seem to find the time. If not now, when? If you wait for everything in your life to “align” BEFORE you begin to explore, you’ll be weeping in misery on your deathbed before you know it. If you have a desire, an inquisition, intrigue… You owe it to yourself to explore it. You never know where it’ll lead.
4. Choose. Everything boils down to choice. We choose to go to work. We choose which pair of socks to put on. We have choices in every single facet of our lives. Kicking routine where the sun doesn’t shine is a choice. If you’re fed up with a possible bland, unfulfilling existence, choose to live better. Choose to be better.
5. Allow. You may find it surprising to discover the virtually millions of people who struggle with allowing themselves to live. There’s always a deadline, situation, or circumstance which prohibits them from stepping out of routine and doing something they’d truly enjoy for once. If this is you, understand you have to allow yourself to be human. Human beings thrive when there’s balance. Monotony proliferates when we’re unable to strike an effective balance between responsibility and spontaneity. Living by routine may be necessary in a broad sense, but I implore you to “allow” yourself the opportunity to live. Occasionally, routine need not apply.
Andre Georgé is a lifestyle writer and brand strategist. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TheAndreGeorge
The Ratchet Report: Dr. J’s Dirty Secret, LA Teacher’s Cruel Trickery on Kids, & Penn. Cops vs. Tasered Teen
Definition of Ratchett in the Urban Dictionary: A hot mess…
“Dr. J” from basketball to books….
NBA legend “Dr. J” writes his autobiography. Julius Erving aka “Dr. J” is a legend on the basketball court. He changed the game of basketball during his time in the NBA with his spins, dunks, crossovers and overall personal brand. He started his career with the American Basketball Association (ABA) and was instrumental in the merger between the NBA in 1976. “Dr. J” also made a name for himself by becoming the first player to really be the face and spokesperson for the NBA. He recently decided to write his autobiography to give his fans a chance to go a little deeper into his personal life.
So now that we have that out the way, hold on to your seats because I think he may have went a little too deep.
After 30 years, he is speaking out about his daughter outside of his marriage. “Dr. J” stated that his illegitimate daughter’s mother became pregnant because usually she provided oral sex. However, she got braces and couldn’t fulfill their sexual “agreement.”
SMH, I don’t know how to feel about this situation but I can truly say “Dr. J” has changed the game again.
LA teacher found guilty for deceitful cruel acts to students….
Los Angeles public school teacher charged with molestation. Mark Berndt, a 63 year-old LA public school teacher at Miramonte Elementary, was convicted of 23 counts of child molestation. The teacher pleaded no contest of the accusations of blindfolding 23 children and spoon feeding them his semen. Miramonte Elementary has a predominately Hispanic student population and 1,400 of the students are still learning English as a second language. Berndt tricked the kids into eating semen by telling them they were playing a tasting game. The photo technician at a local drug store where Berndt developed photos from the classroom incident reported his findings to authorities. The victims are now going through intense therapy and dozens of law suits have been filed.
“Woosa” is the only thing that comes to mind. I have so many things I would like to say, but I’m just going to spend my energy on praying for the innocent children.
Pennsylvania cops use excessive force on 14 year-old….
A mother is outraged at police for the beating of her 14 year-old son. Marissa Sargeant said her 14-year old son suffered major injuries after being handcuffed and beaten by cops. Sargeant’s son was caught by police for stealing out of a Walmart with another teen. Attorney David Heckler (from Bucks County) representing the officers, released a report that Sargeants’ son was hit in the face with a Taser after fleeing officers. Heckler also reported that the officers stated that they used the Taser because they feared for the boys’ safety.
Marissa Sargeant doesn’t believe the officer’s reports because she feels if her son was running… how he could have been struck in the front of his face. The family has hired an attorney to invest the case and file charges of excessive force.
This week the “Really Award” goes to all three articles! “Dr. J” you are a legend on the court but a lame for outing your flesh and blood for a book deal. Berndt (No Comment). Finally, to the Pennsylvania cops, you will soon find out you are not above the law.
Submitted by Dameon Daniels, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
This week, we updated you all on information regarding a lawsuit involving Gucci Mane and his 1017 record label. The Atlanta rapper filed paperwork accusing his former manager, Debra Antney and son/rapper Waka Flocka Flame of racketeering, fraud, and theft. Additional associates of the label were also named in the lawsuit.
Specifically Debra Antney, who was there from the beginning and has held Gucci down for many years, was shocked by the allegations. Thus, she wasted no time in releasing an official statement. Spotted at StraightFromTheA.com, Debra’s statement does not touch on the accusations of theft and fraud. But, her letter does however talk about their complex relationship and why she’ll always have love for Gucci.
“I’ve done a lot for the artists that I’ve represented, both past and present. I’ve not only helped and encouraged them in their professional lives, but in their personal lives as well. What people only hear is the negative. People love and feed off of drama. That’s nothing new, and unfortunately, I’m used to it. What no one talks about is how I was there for them, often times when no one else was.
I refuse to use any platform to address negative issues. Let it be known, that I will never speak bad about any artist I’ve worked with. When I work with someone, I really throw myself into their success. They are never clients to me, they are family. Everyone who works for me only works for me on paper. In my office, it’s a family affair. And that goes deeper than rap…deeper than music…deeper than business. Employees and artists know that.
So it confuses me how someone can attack me or come for me when I’ve done so much for them. But that’s the nature of this business. That’s why some people say don’t mix business with pleasure. Unfortunately for me, I never mastered that concept. I’m personable with everyone and my loyalty is to a fault. I won’t apologize for that; it’s who I am and it’s what allows me to be passionate about the projects I pursue.
This situation with Gucci is hard for me to accept. I have a history with him that only he and I can truly know the value of, and I have a love for him that money can’t buy. Gucci and I have been through it all together. Our struggle gave us a relationship that is unbreakable. Even through this, I stand by him. Our history is a strong one, so this is very tough. That’s all I think I’ll say on Gucci, specifically, because I still hold him close to my heart, I’m still rooting for him, and I still value our bond. If he called me today and he needed me, I’d be there. I’d cuss him out, but I’d be there. Because that’s family, and that’s what family does.
A lot of the people in my circle started from the bottom. We’ve all come a very long way. Some have left, and some are still here. We’ve fought, and we’ve celebrated. We’ve messed up, and we’ve learned. I’m still learning and I’m still building my empire. In whatever people want to do in their life, I wish everyone success, personal joy and fulfillment. I hope they wish the same for me. I won’t concern myself with those who don’t.”
It’s unfortunate that the label and relationships are being destroyed by this. When people who’s invested blood, sweat, and tears into building a company and a brand, there’s always a finger pointed at someone when they start to collapse. From a business perspective, at this time, the only thing all parties can do is lawyer up and hope for the best.
What Are Your Feelings About This Lawsuit?
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Since the new $100 bill entered circulation in October, many people have flexed their big faces via photos posted on Instagram, Twitter, and other social networks. It’s almost as if they’d never seen money their whole life. SMH…but we can bet half of the people showing off stacks couldn’t even tell you how the new bill came about. Nor could you tell you how the hundred dollar bill originated. Luckily, STACKS Magazine is here to help educate our readers about several interesting facts surrounding the bills.
Did You Know?
- Benjamin Franklin’s face on the bill is not the same portrait used when the original $100 bill was created in 1929. In fact, Franklin’s 2013 picture was added to the circulation in 1996.
- A new $100 bill was unveiled in April 2010, but never hit circulation because of a manufacturing flaw.
- On the “obverse” (or front) side of the new $100 bill features “Liberty Bells” that alternate when the bill is tilted.
- The $100 bill is the most popular bank note in the world.
- The average life span of a $100 bill is 8 years, then it is replaced due to wear and tear.
Additional Fun Fact: Large denominations ($500, $1000, $5000, and $10,000) were removed from circulation in July 1969. The reason for the U.S. decision to remove the larger bank notes is due to society’s preference of making cash transactions electronically. Electronic transactions has almost made the use of paper bills almost obsolete.
Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Joe Giudice and his wife Teresa is back in the hot seat.
On Monday, two additional indictments came down on the couple – one count of bank fraud and another for loan application fraud. These two new set of charges comes after they were found guilty of 39-counts back in July of this year.
The indictments announced in July accused them of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on a loan. The Giudice’s new set of charges reveals that a lot more tricky were going on.
It is reported that Teresa lied about working as a real estate agent making $15,000 a month. The couple used this method to falsely prepare a mortgage loan application. Joe Giudice failed to prepare tax returns from 2004 to 2008. Authorities believes the couple lied about their net worth before appearing as cast members on the hit Bravo reality show, then turned around and made false claims about their finances in a bankruptcy filing.
In total, prosecutors says the couple banked up to $4.6 million by extracting money from home equity lines of credit, mortgages, and construction loans.
The Giudices will be arraigned next Wednesday on the new charges.
Gucci Mane Files Lawsuit Against Waka Flocka, Deb Antney, Zaytoven & Others for Fraud & Racketeering
Radric Davis also known as “Gucci Mane” has filed a lawsuit against his former manager and artist. Besides Jaquin “Waka Flocka Flame” Malphurs and Debra Antney, the lawsuit also names other talents associated with his 1017 Records, LLC. His longtime producer pal Xavier “Zaytoven” Dodson, Otis “OJ da Juiceman” Jones, Jr., and Khia Stone are the other defendants named in the lawsuit.
The news comes a month or so after being jailed for violation of probation. The incident that landed him in jail occurred shortly after a public out-lash against several of his music peers on Twitter. He later blamed the outburst on his drug addiction and a former manager for the not-so -politically correct tweets.
The feud between Gucci Mane and his artist Waka Flocka has been ongoing for quite some time. He announced that he was dropping Waka from his label and that any other label can buy him for $1 million. So, this new lawsuit isn’t really a surprise.
According to AJC…
The lawsuit claims that Antney took control of the company and along with Malphurs and Stone spawned at least three separate companies without Davis’ consent and, for Malphurs, in direct violation of his artist’s contract.
The complaint claims that Antney stole a ring and necklace from Davis, failed to report tax information on her income, and seized control of his money and assets and used them for herself.
The lawsuit also accuses her of fraudulently inflating the costs of certain record label expenses and using the excess for personal gain.
The group withheld payments and royalties from Davis and Armour as well as records and information about the business of the company, the lawsuit alleges.
“Defendants’ misrepresentations and omissions were made with the intent that plaintiffs rely upon them,” the lawsuit reads. “The plaintiffs relied on the representations and would not have entrusted (the) defendants with their careers and livelihoods otherwise.”
Story still developing…
A settlement has finally been reached between the nations largest bank and the U.S. Department of Justice. After months of investigation into the seedy dealings of toxic loans, J. P. Morgan Chase admits that their practices were unlawful and plans to fork over $13 billion. Of the settlement, $4 billion will aid in the relief of suffering homeowners.
“Without a doubt, the conduct uncovered in this investigation helped sow the seeds of the mortgage meltdown,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “J.P. Morgan was not the only financial institution during this period to knowingly bundle toxic loans and sell them to unsuspecting investors, but that is no excuse for the firm’s behavior.”
In an official statement, the Dept. of Justice says that J. P. Morgan Chase acknowledged the fact that it told investors that mortgage securities were in compliance with underwriting policies, when in fact bank employees knew that the loans did not comply. Therefore, the $4 billion in aid and its particulars were decided upon by the Dept of Justice and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Their negotiations ended with the following distributed payout:
- $3.2 billion towards the write-down of principle amounts of J.P. Morgan Chase held loans.
- Up to $500 million towards mortgage “forbearance” – the restructuring of home loans in order to reduce monthly payments.
- Additional $2 billion will go toward ”new mortgage origination for low-and-moderate income borrowers and absorb the remaining principle owed on properties that have been vacated, but not yet foreclosed upon.”
It is expected that these mortgage fixes will be completed by the end of 2016.
Read full story HERE.
The minute you decide that you want to become a millionaire you must reflect on the inner you. Who am I? What am I passionate about? Am I a hard worker? Am I able to go beyond what is expected of me? Questions such as these will help you begin to brainstorm and come to a conclusion of the type of person you are.
In order to become wealthy, however, it will take some additional things that may include habits, your environment, your circle of friends and constituents, vices, etc. All of these areas should be analyzed with a certain level of concern. The better you are at assessing your personal traits, the better you will be at identifying if you got what it takes to become the next Bill Gates.
For many of our richest Americans and non-Americans, there are certain characteristics that are instilled within their inner being. The people that they are is exhibited through their work. So, what are these character traits exactly? Well, the following list of five key traits are what most experts believe make up a wealthy person.
Intelligent enough to work smarter, not harder – Wealthy people understands the value of time. Therefore, instead of working themselves to the bone for just a dime, these individuals figure out ways to make their job easier. If there is a task that they can’t handle, they search for and hire someone with those expertise to do the work for them. By doing this, this frees up much needed hours in order to focus on other important tasks.
Never sees money as their key motivating factor – People who have gained riches and maintained it have the tendency to love what they do. They are passionate about the job and the work their doing which is (and can) benefit others. Well-to-do individuals like to contribute to others (i.e. family, friends, society). This pleasure in satisfying anyone other than themselves is what fuels them to reach higher levels of achievement.
Refuses to think poor – Have you ever known someone who is afraid to spend money for fear of being broke? Probably so. Are these people still broke? Probably so. A rich person, on the other hand, isn’t afraid of the unknown. They understand that insecure thoughts can oftentimes stunt their personal growth. A person who talks themselves out of situations are more than likely going to stay in that same place. Therefore, wealthy people look beyond their humble upbringing and strive for more than what their parents had, for example.
Hustles like a Jamaican – In case you didn’t know, when someone says you “work like a Jamaican” that means you work several jobs. To some, having several jobs may be a bit much. But, to most millionaires, one job is not enough. Wealthy people must have more than one way to make money. They believe in securing several streams of income whether it is through owning several companies, building partnerships with other investors, planting seeds into other businesses as a silent investor, and so on. Having multiple ways to make money not only secure capital for any future ventures, but it also secures the livelihoods of their families.
Spends less, invests more – Rich people aren’t afraid to miss out on a new Bugatti so that they can use those funds to invest. They know the facts surrounding federal and state tax laws. This is why millionaires make big purchases as company-related property. Unlike a single-family home, wealthy people spend their money on commercial properties that can appreciate, produce a cash flow, and be able to be written-off on their taxes each year. The same goes for cars. Wealthy people invest money into items that can produce revenue. Family houses, cars, clothes, designer bags, etc can not do that.
One last thought…in addition to these 5 Key Character Traits Of A Wealthy Person, another important thing to know is that these individuals pick their friends and associates wisely. Most wealthy people dwell in circles of other wealthy and educated individuals. Being selective with who you chose to be in your circle can either make you or break you. So, if you have dreams in becoming a rich person, please understand that some of the people who are with you on the way up…may not be there when you finally get to the top.
If you want to party hard with Justin Bieber, you better know how to keep your mouth shut.
According to several reports, Bieber has recently caught a lot of crap from people snitching on him. So, in effort to keep the snitching to a minimum, Bieber threw a big party at his Calabasus, California home and insisted that EVERYONE sign a confidentiality agreement. From the young chicks to the security guy, every person that step foot inside his party had to put down their John Hancock.
In the agreement, partygoers were asked to refrain from texting, tweeting, taking photos, video recording, etc. It is rumored that his $3 million sanction is actually much cheaper than what he has included in the “no snitching” contract in the past. Some say he’s threatened “talkers” with a $5 million sanction at once upon a time.
Regardless of the confidentiality agreement, it is being reported that the police were called out to Bieber’s crib at least three separate times during this most recent party. Neighbors complained about the excessive noise and lingering smell of marijuana.
No arrest were made, however, the police did issue Bieber a citation for disturbing the peace.
Well, after long consideration by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, the entertainment mogul has decided to continue on with the launch of his Barney’s SCC Collection.
The anticipated collection (and partnership between Barney’s and Jay Z) was met with huge criticism after two racial profiling incidents occurred at the high-end luxury department store. The cases of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips sparked outrage in the urban community and weighed heavily on the minds of hip hop enthusiasts.
Many hip hop fanatics believed as an African-American and individual who was raised with humble beginnings, Jay Z should empathize with both victims and stand up for change. However, to change racial profiling issues at Barney’s, the first step would be for Jay to remove his collection and end his relationship with Barney’s.
But, of course, Jay Z is not the type to make any rush decisions. According to an official statement posted on his Life + Times website, Mr. Carter explains why he’s moving forward with the collection at Barney’s and his plans to evoke some changes with the treatment of its minority customers.
Read Jay-Z’s official statement below:
In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.
While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.
As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter
Jay Z’s SCC Collection will go on-sale at Barney’s on November, 20th.