1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Why Resolutions Suck (and 3 Steps to Having a GREAT 2018)

    I’ll say it; New Year’s resolutions suck! #realtalk: They are counterproductive. Think about it: they’re resolutions … Things you resolve yourself to do! So let’s say you feel pressured to do something (whatever it is—gym, diet, relationships, money, etc.). So you make the resolution, and then you work toward it under duress! You do it because you think you “have” to, even if you d…Read More

  4. Out with Resolutions … in with Divine Declarations

    Keywords: Here we are, in the second full week of January. Goal setting, vision boards, and affirmations are ALL around us, and they’re all awesome! Really. They’re ALL great things to try when you’re ready for a “new you, in the new year.” I do things just a little differently. #hollaatyourgirl!! I create a three-word theme, first. For 2018, it’s Confluence. Influence. Affluence. Then…Read More

  5. What’s Your 2018 Theme?

    We are four days into 2018 … and I want to know: How’s it going for you, sis?? How are you feeling? How is your energy?   In this season of giving … have you spent any time on YOU, yet? (Be honest. #iseeyou) As Black Women, we take care of everyone and everything before we take care of ourselves. We’ll give and give and give … without ever stopping to give to ourselves. So let me ask yo…Read More

  6. The Gift of a Great Mentor

    Let’s face it: success can be lonely. One of the things I have been longing for is a peer group that could feed me and provide a safe space for me to be heard, seen, and loved. So I invested in myself by working with my scaling mentor, Lisa Cherney, and a peer group of BEAST-MODE bo$$e$! LC is woo-woo on steroids, and a marketing/growth/scaling genius. She was the one who showed me how we can do…Read More

  7. The Gift of Healing

    Wounds. We all have them. No matter your race, religion, beliefs, politics … we have all been hurt, and we all have scars. The problem is that those scars often become blocks—energetic blocks—that keep you from experiencing an abundant, happy life on your own terms, as a strong black woman. Maybe your wounds are physical—something related to your body. Maybe they’re generational—reflec…Read More

  8. Gift or Guilt: Giving as Inspiration or Obligation

    When I was living on the streets, there was one place I KNEW I could get food and clothes from: The Black Church. Mt. Calvary Star Baptist Church, to be specific. Rev. Young was the pastor.   When I joined the Coast Guard Reserves to get off the streets, Rev. Young took up a collection for me. That money covered my travel expenses, clothes, food, and other necessities during my entire Bootcamp ex…Read More

  9. Do You Pray for Your Business?

    Do you pray, sis? I do. All the time. Every day. I pray for my wife, for Nanna, for my family, my friends, my sisters, my team … I pray for guidance, personally and professionally, so I can make the difference I know I was born to make. I pray for YOU. And I pray for your business, as your vehicle for transforming lives. I pray for Defy Impossible, Inc.—MY vehicle for transforming lives, one s…Read More

  10. Team Building

    Love First, Money Second

    This month, I’ve been talking about growing. Scaling. Going BIGGER. And I talked about how, if you want to grow your business, it’s critical to invest in a kickass team. (If you missed it, you can read If You’re Ready to Go Bigger, THIS Is Critical here, and get my tips for building an incredible team that is a perfect fit for you and your business.) It’s almost Thanksgiving, which is why …Read More