1. Black Women Artists as Entrepreneurs Part 4 – Oprah

    I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Oprah—one of the richest and most powerful women in the entertainment industry today. Talk about a sister I can relate to! Oprah was born in Mississippi, into extreme poverty (we’re talkin’ potato sacks for dresses, sis … for real. And if you know my story, you know I also know what it’s like to be hungry!). Like me, she was neglected b…Read More

  2. Black Women Artists as Entrepreneurs Part 3 – Shonda Rhimes

    One of my all-time favorite TV series is Scandal. (Tell me you’ve watched it!) I mean it has it ALL. Great actors. Conflict and off-the-chain storylines. Politics. Suspense. SUPERIOR writing. Murder. Sex. EVERYTHING. Lisa and I love it! And that’s just one of the many reasons I’m choosing to honour Shonda Rhimes today—the executive producer of Scandal. She produced Grey’s Anatomy, too. #…Read More

  3. Black Women Artists as Entrepreneurs, Part 2 – Rihanna

    You know her … probably as a singer/performer/actress, right? #holla! Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) has sold more than 30 million albums! Our girl has a voice!! She tours like the force she is, too. She’s the first female solo artist to sell out 10 concerts at London’s O2 Arena. Her world tours go to 100 countries or MORE each time, and she sells them OUT! But did you know she’s also a fas…Read More

  4. Title: (Dis)Trusting (White) Capital

    One of the things I had to face as I moved from six-figures to my first million was the need for capital. Defy Impossible, Inc. is a cash-based business. We’ve never had a business loan. We are not a certified minority-owned business and we don’t have any angel investors. In truth, I have been very proud that we never had to go with our “hand out” begging for money. I became an entrepreneu…Read More

  5. Black Women Artists as Entrepreneurs—My Girl Tyra Banks!

    This month on the blog, I’m featuring Black Women artists as entrepreneurs. Why? Because they are so much more than celebrities!! They are massively successful businesswomen who KILL IT in the entrepreneurial world! So many people think business has to “look” white. Masculine. (Think Starbucks. AT&T.) But the women I’m featuring this month crush that belief. They make their mark, while…Read More

  6. Commerce is a Two-Faced Charlatan

    It fronts as money, but its true power lies in its ability to shape mass-market swag. Commerce, as popularly regarded, is the ability to do business transactions – the exchanging of money for goods and services. That’s the easy side of commerce. It’s the part that we do without thinking about. The other side of commerce is social exchange. These are social transactions that build billionaire…Read More

  7. Honoring “Our Sisters from Other Misters!” White Women Standing for & with Us: Part 4

      Today, I’m honoring the Queen of Sales Conversion, Lisa Sasevich. Talk about a White woman who has my back! You probably know her name—she teaches entrepreneurs who “hate the sales part” how to leverage their talents, products, and services into massive profits without sounding salesy. And she’s helped over 15,000 clients in 134 countries earn more by doing what they love most … inc…Read More

  8. Honoring “Our Sisters from Other Misters!” White Women Standing for & with Us: Part 3

    Today, I’m honoring another of our awesome “Sisters from other Misters”: White women who have our back! Ms. Gloria Marie Steinman—you know the name, right? She’s a feminist, journalist, and political activist, and she stands for US, too. Co-founder of Ms. magazine and Women’s Media Center, an organization that works "to make women visible and powerful in the media,” she is also a med…Read More

  9. Honoring “Our Sisters from Other Misters!” White Women Standing for & with Us: Part 2

    Today, I’m honoring another of our awesome “Sisters from other Misters”: White women who have had our back even when it cost them, money, family, and in some cases, their lives. While my last post shined the light on the POWERFUL civil rights activist Juliette Hampton Morgan (if you missed it, check it out when you’re done reading this … the story is incredible), today, I want to fast fo…Read More

  10. Honoring “Our Sisters from Other Misters!” White Women  Standing For & With Us : Part 1

    In February, I celebrated Black History Month by highlighting trailblazing Black brothers and sisters who paved the way for US today. Now, I’d like to recognize some of the White Women who love and support us having our own, too! These extraordinary women walked the talk. They stood up—and in some cases were viciously shot down—for us, as a People, and deserve to be recognized. I put you, si…Read More