1. For Uncle Jesse

    This month, I’ve featured mothers on the blog, to acknowledge the impact they have made. But today, I want to make sure to acknowledge the MEN who mother us, as well. Generally, women are considered natural "mothers," thereby "nurturers." In fact, a number of us have been nurtured by fathers, brothers, pastors, and uncles. The man who has "mothered" me the most in my life is my Uncle Jesse. Uncl…Read More

  2. For Nanna

    If you’re part of my tribe (and you are, because you’re here reading this!), you probably know my story. And if you know my story, then you know about Nanna. And if you know about Nanna, then you know she saved my live. That’s why I want to honor her today, with this post, during this month of celebrating Mothers. As you probably know, at 16, I was living on the mean streets of Baltimore ami…Read More

  3. For Ivy

    For Ivy Meet my friend—my baby sister—Ivy Moore. Yes, she is my biological sister (same momma, different daddy) … she’s also one of my closest friends and trusted colleagues … and she is hands down one of the FUNNIEST, most brilliant moms I know!   Ivy and I (along with my older sister and my brother) were taught from a very young ago to take care of each other. And we do, still to this…Read More

  4. For Momma

    Every May, we celebrate Mother’s Day. This year, I want to take a moment to thank Momma. (I know she won’t see this post, but I’m thanking her anyway.) Now, if you know my story, right now you’re probably goin’, “Whoa, girl! What in the world do you have to thank her for?? Didn’t she throw you out on the streets? Didn’t she hurt you??” Yes. She did. But she was also the vessel th…Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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