Beyonce gave us the musical “Hold My Beer” Coachella performance we all needed

How Sis??? How? How do you personify, embody, AND exemplify the feeling of the HBCU experience and snatch souls at the same time? As a proud alumna of THEE Florida A&M University, it brought legit tears to my eyes. I had the pleasure of watching the live stream (my boss wanted me to do something for him real quick Monday). It was everythang and everythang it was!

The pure display of culture. HOW? When you are the first African American woman to headline the Coachella performance and you UNAPOLOGETICALLY kill it! We must look beyond the songs. Let’s look beyond Bug-a-boo, Lose my Breath, Partition. Let’s go a step further.  For her to illustrate through music the feel-good consciousness of what it means to be black in America given the odds stacked against us?!?! Well she did that! Let us not forget Beyonce used her platform at Super Bowl 50 to make a statement as well.

For so long, African Americans wear the mask. How long has it been “rumored” that once you reach a certain level of success, you have to lose any and everything associated with black culture? And this isn’t just in the entertainment industry. African Americans have taught generations upon generations the art of assimilation just to survive. Discussions are still being held whether the way our hair grows naturally out of our head is appropriate for the workplace. Even when we neatly tame our crown in braids or locks; policies are still being created to remind us that when we are in our natural form, we are still not “good enough”. We are still having conversations about appropriate names for success and our rightful piece of the American Pie.

And no, I am not exempt. My husband drove from Chicago to Atlanta recently and our “see you soon” talk consisted of me telling him to stop in well lit areas, drive not a mile over the speed-limit, make sure phone is fully charged, and to not drive too late at night. I also suggested the outfit  in hopes that he not look too urban DWB (driving while black…crossing street while back, retrieving wallet while black, pumping gas while black, asking for directions while black, etc).  I will be the first to admit none of these methods were a sure way of him avoiding racism as thee Oprah Winfrey taught us that Shopping While Black transcends all socioeconomic aspects.

So, yes I am here for it! It is beyond refreshing to see someone of her caliber with that platform remind US that WE are enough! This performance was for the culture. And for all of my HBCU alumni, This One’s for You (TM 103: Hustlaz Ambition  vibes).

 

Catch this Wakanda Fever or Catch These Cyber Hands!

Marvel

On Dora Milaje

Let me preface this by saying I love majority of Marvel movies. So OF COURSE I am an honorary member of the Panther tribe. I have probably read every write-up, analysis, and opinion piece regarding the movie and its characters. I find myself passing time during lunch laughing at  Wakanda tweets and memes. I love sharing my interpretation of the movie and hearing other honorary tribe members interpretation as well. And then there are……….the others.

What are you celebrating? Its not even a Black Film

Who. Hurt. You? No, seriously. How do you take something so powerful and turn it into something so negative. Do I think we all are supposed to enjoy the same things and share the same opinions about various forms of art? Absolutely not! But let folk have their moment.  Let folk have something! Let. People. Aspire.

If no one else feels you, I do. I am a proud HBCU alumna (October 3, 1887). I enjoy shopping at Whole Foods and I still bought my home in Southwest Atlanta….on purpose! I enjoy the scholarly writings of Cheikh Anta Diop. I still skim through the tattered pages of my Marcus Garvey’s Message to the People. I have yet to finish the movie Rosewood because it makes my nerves mad. And I still can’t stand Mista for what he did to Celie.  But I also understand that we are a diverse group of people.  I legit enjoy Kendrick on some days and Project Pat on others. Some of us are “woke” and some of us are just as efficient with a nice nap here and there.

I’m going to need you guys to have this same energy about the REAL Africa

Just stop! STOP IT!  STAHP!

There is someone right now who was so inspired by Black Panther, they researched the colonization of the Mother Continent’s people, resources, and land.  There’s someone so fascinated by the language, they googled the history and are currently learning basic words and phrases in isiXhosa . People are learning about powerful all-women warriors, peacemakers, and leaders inspired by their love for the Dora Milaje. People are placing their Essence Festival vacay on hold to finance their first vacation to the homeland. Let. People. Be. Great.

Yes! We know Wakanda is a fictional place. But so was Hillman. Can we deny the generational impact this “fictional college” had on HBCU enrollment? Let Okoye serve as this generation’s Lieutenant Uhuru.  Let these young babies see their brown skin as powerful leaders, warriors, healers, scientist, engineers.  Let. People. Dream. You never know where someone’s dream may take us within the next 10, 20, or 50 years.

 

Black Panther was an exhilarating break. And I refuse to hide my love for such an exceptional movie.  And yes, A Wrinkle in Time got next for the Morris Clan.

On Dora Milaje

Wakanda Forever

xoMocha

This Year is your Last Struggle Year

Journaling Out Loud

And 2013 was mines

I wasn’t finding adequate employment that matched my degrees. My husband hadn’t gotten the promotion he was on track for. And we had a 1 and 2 year old that required daycare while we worked during the day. Our daycare was twice the amount of our rent. And. We. Struggled. We always had a roof over our head, clothes on our back, food in the pantry, angels that would send us offerings of love, and utilities to keep us warm; but we had very little money left over for anything else. This destroyed me mentally because I took the time to get a Masters degree that I felt in that moment wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.

In 2013, I felt it with every fiber in me that the struggle was real but my God was too.   I decided to live. To prosper. To thrive! Whatever I was insecure about I worked on. I began eating healthier and maintaining my weight. I took additional professional development courses to compete in a stiff job market.  I began inputting and outputting positive vibes and my life did a complete 180. I haven’t looked back since.

Step into your Season of Abundance

Whether you struggled financially, mentally, or emotionally, this year will be the last! It is now time to start protecting your peace. It is now time to start that journey of becoming debt-free. Now is the time to show the ones who matter the most you appreciate them.

This year will be your last struggle year and 2013 was mines.  God showed me that I was destined to live in abundance (spiritually and financially) and my situation was only temporary. I have been receiving His blessings of peace and prosperity ever since. So PROCLAIM IT! Now step into your season of abundance! It’s Lit!

Glow Sis Glow: Brionte McCorkle

Our next Glow Sis Feature is a woman who uses her superpowers to change her community. It was a pleasure gaining insight from such an amazing community powerhouse. Thank you Brionté for sharing your story. Be Inspired!

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we believe in the importance of uplifting our community. We uplift and inspire our community through the art of storytelling. We are inspired by your story of activism. Who is Brionté McCorkle? What is her story?

I am a mother, wife, activist, environmentalist, community organizer, millennial, advocate for people, and a supporter of transit, bikes and sidewalks. I am a movement builder who believes that everyone should have access to opportunities to improve their lives for the better.
Growing up, I moved around a lot because my mom served in the Air Force for over 20 years. I moved to Georgia when I was ten and fell in love with the trees. I graduated from Warner Robins High School, attended Ft. Valley State University and then moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University. There I earned my degree in Public Policy because I wanted to learn how to make things better for my future and my community.

I have served with United Way as a call center volunteer, ensuring that people got the help they were looking for. I also volunteered with Operation Hope to teach financial skills to children and community members. In 2012, I worked at the Atlanta Regional Commission on water issues. From there, I joined Southface, a nonprofit focused on improving energy and water efficiency in buildings. I now serve as the Assistant Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization. I work on expanding transit throughout the Atlanta area.

There is a saying that says the best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. Tell us why serving your community is so important to you?

In 2013, I began working on expanding MARTA to Clayton County. This successful effort is my proudest moment. On July 5th, 2014 I sat in the Clayton County Board of Commissioners building along with hundreds of other people waiting to see if the county’s leaders would vote to put MARTA on the ballot. When the commission finally voted in favor of MARTA, everyone in the room celebrated. I had tears in my eyes because I knew this would help make everyone’s lives better. Expanded transit meant access to better schools, jobs, healthcare, recreation, food, housing and more. In that moment, people felt empowered, like they finally had control over their lives and their community. I decided then that I want to spend every day working to empower people and build better communities.
I also have a beautiful two-year old daughter, and she doesn’t deserve to live with the same problems that our generation is facing. That’s why I work so hard to build safer, more inclusive and sustainable communities.

Our communities are in desperate need of leaders. We need people to advocate, to rally, to lobby for us especially in Atlanta. You are on the ground, grassroot level. Can you tell us what do you see as a major threat to our community and what are some ways we can address it?

I believe the biggest threat to our community is lack of engagement. Everyday there are people making decisions that will impact the future of us and our children. Yet far too often these decisions are made without people at the table who are most affected. Healthcare, housing, food security, the environment, safety & policing, transportation, education etc.

These are just a few major issues that elected officials deal with. Still, when I go into public meetings there are few people there asking questions and giving feedback. We ultimately end up with policy that only makes problems worse or creates new problems. People get left out and fall further behind. They feel neglected and unheard. Then, our lawmakers are not held accountable because people don’t make the connection between the problem they are experiencing and the elected official who just voted to approve the change in policy. There are also too many issues for one or a few people to stay on top of which is what most of us are relying on. You know that one activist friend you have that is always protesting? She needs you to come out and protest with her. She needs you to have her back. So, we need to get more people involved in voting and engaging with their current elected officials.

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we thrive on inspiration from others. Who is a part of your village and how do they inspire you to continue the good fight?

I am inspired by people from before my time like Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm (unbought and unbossed) and even former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. These people helped pave the way for a young, politically outspoken woman of color like myself. I am also inspired by modern day greats like the Obamas, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, current Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and more. I even draw inspiration from actors like Issa Rae, and athletes like Serena Williams. Every day people, my colleagues, my friends. I am genuinely inspired by the stories and experiences of so many. Hearing about the dreams, fears, challenges, opportunities and successes in everyone’s lives is what inspires me. I know I can overcome whatever is ahead, and I want to help everyone else do the same.

I love quotes. A quote that I live by is “Self Esteem is realizing you are the Dream” by Oprah Winfrey. Do you have a favorite quote or saying that empowers you? If so, how do you apply this quote to your journey?

“I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.” – President Obama

You are powerful, do you know that? We all have so much potential. What kind of future would we have if everyone was allowed to express their creativity and skills? If everyone could be healthy, be successful and really thrive? I believe that is a future that we all want to live in: a future that is more inclusive, more sustainable, and more resilient. We get to that future when more people feel empowered to take steps to overcoming the barriers in each of our lives, and to confidently speak up and speak out to move us closer to that future. Your opinions matter, your ideas matter, and there are hundreds of thousands of others who share your struggle. Connect with them, and with a unified message, push forward. We cannot depend on others to do that work. It’s up to each one of us to take small steps and plant small seeds that will blossom into some amazing things.

We want to hear more about you. Are there any future projects our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?

I’ve come to realize that most successful people work on lots of projects at the same time, so I’ve got lots of pot on the stove! However, the project I am most excited to dig in on is the Empowrd civic engagement app. The way that people interact with their elected leaders is changing. With Trump in the White House, now more than ever people are paying attention to the policy decisions that are being made at the local, state and federal level. They want to understand how it impacts them, and more importantly, they want to hold their representatives accountable to actually representing them.

Unfortunately, most of that is done through anonymous phone calls, tweets and online petitions that don’t really encourage a relationship with your official. Relationships are the most effective thing we can do to influence our decision makers to act in our best interest. I know that one of the main barriers to this is that knowing who represents you and what they are in charge of is complicated. This app makes it incredibly easy for you to find and connect with your elected officials, to keep in touch with what they are doing and the issues and organizations you care about. It is my hope that this app will help connect people with their officials and allow them to weigh in on major decisions more quickly and effectively. We are building something that I believe will be game-changing. If you are an individual or an organization that is interested in experimenting with how this app can help you meet your needs, email me at brionte@empowrd.com!

You are such an inspirational woman. Thank you so much for blessing us with your dynamic story. Do you have any final words of inspiration for our readers?

Know what you bring to the table. Find the intersection of what you are good at and what you are passionate about. Then get so good at it that no one can ignore you. You will be able to walk into any room with confidence, quickly gain trust, and be able to leverage that to only work on the projects that are most meaningful and impactful to you… and that pay you the most!

Self-Reflection: It’s OK to Rest Sis.

JOURNALING OUT LOUD. 

Hi. I’m Mocha. I’m a Creator. A Doer. And I like to do “The Most”.

There is something so refreshing watching those in their creative element. To see their hard work appreciated through support of a concert, a show, a sale. I had the pleasure of seeing Tank and the Bangas perform live and It. Was. Everything! The energy was mesmerizing. And though I have NEVA met this woman in my life, I was so proud of her. To see the appreciation for her art inspired me.

 

RECHARGE. If you know anything about Mocha, you know Mocha is in her zone when she does “the most”. I have my hands in a little bit of everything. My ambition powers my soul. There is nothing that fuels me more than success. And my version of success has little to do with excessive monetary gain (though a sista prides herself on living comfortable) and everything to do with living up to my full potential. I have a hard time finding balance.  And I’m ok admitting that.

 

BE STILL. Lately, these words resided in my subconscious thoughts. The ancestors would probably say “God is trying to tell you something”. Sometimes I have to let the dust settle to see my next step towards my goal. My first indicator is always the feeling of being overwhelmed. Some take this feeling and abandon the very song of their heart. They begin chasing the feeling of complacency or doing just enough. But for me, the feeling of being overwhelmed just means I have to rework the hustle. It means a break is needed. It means my need to do “the most” is becoming exhausting mentally and physically.

 

SELF-REFLECTION. Invest in Yourself. Some  may see this phrase and relate it to money . But I am a firm believer that the most valuable resource you possess is time. What you choose to do with your time shapes your future. Grinding day and night is cool. Trust me if anyone gets it I do. But I am learning to STOP and celebrate my victories no matter how small. I am learning about balance and it’s importance to my journey of self-fulfillment.

 

As I danced to the pitch perfect harmonies that filled the illuminated skies, my soul became full. This journey brings uncertainty at times but nothing makes me more fulfilled than to continue. It was within this moment my conscience whispered Its OK to rest Sis. The vision became clearer afterwards.

 

xoMocha

 

If you are unfamiliar with the amazing band Tank and the Bangas check out the video below!

Glow Sis Glow: Luna Lotus Love

Our next Glow Sis Glow feature, Luna Lotus Love, is nothing short of magical. I am honored to feature this beautiful soul. As a creator, mother, entrepreneur, and woman of many layers, her energy is not only transferable,  but mesmerizing. The ancestors have laid a power on her no man can take away.  You are appreciated Sis. We celebrate YOU! Glow Sis!

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we use our stories to inspire, uplift, warn, encourage and comfort one another. Your spirit resonates with me and your energy is contagious. Tell us about Luna Lotus Love. Take us down the path that brought you to this very moment. Tell us your story.
I am a woman. I am a deeply passionate, magical and creative black woman working to unveil the truth of myself through my talents and works. I am an artist, music is my medium, and as my understanding of sound continues to grow on a spiritual level, I am lead into new ways to express and cultivate its healing properties. Sound vibration is energy, energy is spirit and I am becoming more aware of the power and purpose of my words (and songs) as an access point of creation/creativity in my life. (When you think about the portals of creation we think of the sacral chakra, or the energetic center of physical reproduction, but we can’t forget about the throat chakra and the tongue’s power to create through expression….”In the beginning was the word”)

I begin with this because I am a woman learning to express, honor and embrace my voice in new, more expansive ways. I have known too much struggle in my life and I can see clearly now that many of the major lessons and tests that I’ve endured in my life have been connected to me either seeing myself more clearly or needing to express myself more clearly. SPEAKING UP and OUT, allowing my voice to be heard, as well as learning to listen to and trust the wisdom of my inner voice. We all have our gifts, and I recognize mine as a power source for me and my elevation…whether I’m singing or not.

Simultaneously, I know that my voice and what I have to give is not for my elevation alone, and the need to share is here.
I am a singer/songwriter daydreaming of a reality that will allow me to create, produce and perform music full time. What does this mean? It means that I have to keep my dreams alive and work extra hard to remain focused on my heart’s desire to communicate my expression of love through my music, all while balancing being a single mother of 3, and working a fulltime. Have I mastered it? Hell Naw!!! But, I am continuing to figure out new strategies to make my process easier. One thing that I’ve had to become ok with as of late, is the process of elimination. “Exponential Living” a phrase coined by Sheri Riley, where she touches on the idea of how to stop spending 100% of your time on 10% of who you are…where busyness doesn’t always mean productive and opportunity can sometimes be the distraction keeping you from focusing on your true calling.

You are a woman of many talents! You are the creator of the Mirror Magic Movement as well as Yellow Brick Chics. Can you explain to our readers what these two movements represent and the basic origins behind them?


Yellow Brick Chics – Where the Mother-Musician Shines – is a community focused on women empowerment, specifically for mother-musicians and women creatives of color needing inspiration to stay on their creative path. The character symbolism of the Wizard of Oz story and the journey of the yellow brick road calls for a closer look at the tools we already have within us to succeed. Let’s take a brief look at the lessons the main characters present:
Scarecrow: We see that he had to believe in the wealth of his mind and intellect, but what we really learn from him is the importance that CONFIDENCE has on our progress. It’s not by accident that Dorothy meets Scarecrow first on her journey. Dispelling the illusion of the crows represents the fear, doubt and insecurity that we must confront in our own head first, in order to achieve our goals.

Tin Man: Simply teaches LOVE. It is truly one of the most powerful emotional forces on earth. Yes, love is kind, love is patient, but what is forgotten of love, is its power of self-acceptance and the ability this gives us to be in a continuous flow of living in the moment. What does living in the moment do? It allows you complete freedom!!!! The foundation of Yellow Brick Chics as a platform is to empower women creatives and musicians to succeed! Every successful creative (or any successful person) I have listened to and researched has found a way to live in this self-actualized space, which can only come by accepting OR unconditionally loving you!!!
Lion: In regards to the lessons of COURAGE, the best quote I heard my mentor tell me was:

“FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY.”


After hearing her say it enough times, along with doing some very intentional me-work, I started to see the real reason my career and goals hadn’t taken flight! IT WAS ME!!!!!!!! I kept waiting on the person who I thought would be more qualified to come and save me and fix my problems. I also kept myself from moving forward because I lived inside the entrapment of perfectionism. Deliberately and at my own pace I’ve been stepping out of boxes and comfort zones, moving into areas of the complete unknown, even stumbling a bit along the way. Through it all, there are two things I know for sure: #1. When you take one step, the universe takes it with you (not for you) and #2. When you take that one step you become less afraid to take the next one after that…ultimately leading to a life that is unstuck!

Mirror Magic was born from YBC for 2 reasons. First, on the yellow brick road, Dorothy ultimately had to find out that she had the power all along. There was no one else who could get her home, but herself. The process of self-reflection is a necessary tool; it is a journey unto itself that allows you to explore your true identity and the potential of your personal power. Isn’t this home?
The second reason for Mirror Magic’s development into a platform is the need to create community and conversation around beauty, worth, identity and relationships.

As a woman, there are roles and responsibilities that are systematically placed on our heads that we’re expected to maintain, that may have nothing to do with our actual identity. How debilitating to our personal developement is it to experience this? Times are changing and we are seeing more bad-ass mamas out here on the scene making the balance of motherhood and artistry look easy, but far too often women are still forced, discouraged and negatively labeled for wanting to pursue their dreams. It’s easy to want to give up. I have wanted to give up many times, but where there is a will, there is a way. In addition to the Mirror Magic affirmations I started posting on social media, I began these mini-features to highlight the beauty of the sister-reflections around me.

The reflections of my sisters, shining and being their brilliant selves, was another type of motivation that needed more recognition. We’re so ready to jump on the tails of celebrity status, but what about the homegirls in your networks giving the goddess-shine? If I lose my way and forget how beautiful I am, or how worthy I am, but I see my sister showing me, all praises due to her. How many times have you been out and received an unexpected compliment for your hair, smile or outfit? Changed your whole day didn’t it? The mini features were based on the same premise. As my sister, if you have enough courage to take the time to love yourself enough for the world to see through your works, it’s our obligation as a community to give props where props are due….and I don’t feel like I need your permission to tell you how beautiful you are. It’s an obligation. Everybody needs to feel appreciated and wants to be recognized. This is an especially crucial practice for women to heal ourselves through our relationships with each other. Mirror Magic is growing and I continue to receive these “downloads” of all the many directions it can go. I did a MirrorMagic live event last summer in Atlanta and looking forward to continuing the development of the platform through more events, courses and even individual Mirror Magic healing sessions. Im still downloading and receiving, but because of the practice of Mirror Magic, I’m no longer clenching to the inspiration in fear, unsure if it will be received. I am happy to finally share with you what it is and how it can be applied in your life as well.

What I love about your Mirror Magic Movement is the emphasis put on self-reflection. I personally feel self-esteem or the lack thereof heavily influences our life journey and the choices we make. What advice would you give our readers struggling with this very issue?


Let me tell you about insecurity. It’s a sneaky lil bitch that hides in the corners and just when you think you’re good and ready to fly, here she comes with the doubt and the fear. Self-reflection is a personal, intimate process of assessment, investigation, exploration…that takes you into the crevices, the corners, the shadows and dark places to get to the root of where the fear or blockage is held. I have not perfected it, but I AM working through it. Just recently in the last few months, I’ve come to my own realizations about where I am on my path (of success) and how the lack of sound self-esteem has hindered my progress. You have to be willing to confront yourself and all of your shortcomings. One day it just dawned on me like…”oh, I’ve actually been dealing with insecurity all this time”. Once you start digging and asking yourself questions, the process is ongoing. One thing leads to another that leads you to another, like a puzzle or treasure hunt that you’re determined to solve or find. There’s a factor of accountability that can’t be ignored through Self-Reflection. When you continue to dig, you also start to eliminate false realities and assumptions of power. Self-Reflection takes away the Jesus-Complex or the idea that someone outside of The Self can save you and you are realigned with an awareness of your own personal seat of power – The Goddess-Complex. You have to be willing to ask yourself the questions that only you can answer though. There is no one else that can do this for you. This level of empowerment is organic and comes from you. You are your savior.

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we thrive on inspiration from others. Tell us some of your favorite women and how their stories inspire you.


My grandmothers have inspired me greatly. My mother’s mother, Isabel Cain (RIP) was an influential music clergy in the church we grew up in and she made sure that we received the gift of music very early. She also taught me the power of prayer. She would say “Don’t forget to pray throughout the day, even it’s just a word or a short phrase”. This stuck with me and actually not until now have I realized how much her influence and teachings on the power of speaking prayer, planted the seed for my understanding of what Mirror Magic is today.

My father’s mother has also been a great inspiration to me. Vel Phillips, was the first woman and African-American to become the Secretary of State of Wisconsin. She was the first to be a black woman judge in the state and fulfilled many other trailblazing roles. Only in her 90’s have I seen this woman begin to slow down. She’s been a shark, relentlessly pursuing the plight of freedom and justice for the community to which she belongs. Her servitude and dedication are great sources of inspiration for me.

Anyone who knows Mocha, knows I love quotes. I am empowered by them. I am inspired by them. A quote that I live by is “Self Esteem is realizing you are the Dream” by Oprah Winfrey. Do you have a favorite quote that empowers you?
1. “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”
2. “No Mud, No Bud”

We want to hear more from you. Are there any future projects from Luna Lotus Love our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?

Yes, Yes!! A few new things are coming up. I’m preparing to release Mirror Magic, the single. So new music is coming soon. I’m really excited about this one because I’ve been taking some time to really develop my sound and I think I’ve found it here. I’m also preparing to release a Mirror Magic e-book: “6 Easy-Step Guides to Working with Mirror Magic”. I’m almost finished with it and will be aiming to release the e-book close to the time of the single. I will also be launching a few mini Mirror Magic video docs that introduces the platform and how to apply it in your life. As stated previously, I did a live Mirror Magic event last year and I’ll be creating more of these spaces in 2018.
http://lunalotuslove.com/
http://lotuslovemusic.com/

Thank you so much for blessing us with your knowledge and feminine energy. Do you have any final words of inspiration for our readers?
Remember Mama Eartha!!
Eatha Kitt said this in response to love and relationships
• “Compromise?
• What is compromising?
• Compromising for what?
• Compromising for what reason?
• To compromise?
• For what?
• To compromise.
• What is compromise?”

Glow Sis Glow: The Pretty Hustler

Our next Glow Sis Glow feature is a young lady I have known for many moons. We are always connected by our passion for entrepreneurship. Roshi is a woman of many talents and dominates in her field. Be inspired by the Pretty Hustler and her journey through entrepreneurship.

We love the Pretty Hustler Movement! Tell us your story that transpired into this amazing journey?

I was working at a salon where I did multicultural hair. The owner asked me to stop doing the Caucasian women’s hair so the environment became intolerable for me. I then decided to branch off and start my own mobile beauty business. I called it The Pretty Hustler To Go. People would always call and ask to speak to The Pretty Hustler; so that’s who I became.

You are a person who does a little bit of EVERYTHING!! Explain to our readers how you were able to focus on a talent and market that skill.

I had to be really honest with myself about what I was good at. Not just average but something that set me apart. I then had to incorporate my business and marketing knowledge. Without this particular skillset, my process would be mediocre at best. Honestly, I was thorough about what brought me the most peace.

Client

 

What advice would you give others who may have many different talents and are trying to break out into the industry?

You have to find your lane and stay in it. I used my talent as an artist to fuel something I loved which was the beauty industry. It’s cool to have multiple talents but the specialty is what keeps you relevant. Break your goals down into small tasks. A solid foundation that drives revenue will support your other endeavors.

There is very stiff competition in your industry. How would you describe your journey as a small business owner in such a competitive market?

It’s definitely had its share of cut throats moments. But at the end of the day you just have to remember the first thing you sell is yourself. Everyday I remember that I’m selling myself. It keeps me grounded and relatable which is what it takes to build a loyal clientele

Client

Can you tell us about a time in your life where you faced a major obstacle that turned into a lesson well learned?

I wouldn’t say I have a one time. I’m learning as I go. Some hiccups were bigger than others but that’s all apart of the journey.

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we thrive on inspiration from others. Tell us some of your favorite women and how their stories inspire you.

Madame CJ Walker because of course she is a pioneer in this industry. She’s the OG Hustler lol. I’m inspired by people like Erykah Badu because she makes a living being exactly who she is.

 Do you have a favorite quote that empowers you? If so, how do you apply this quote to your journey?

My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions- eartha kitt

I have to be who I am without fear, that’s what’s keeps me at the top of my game. 

Client

We want to hear more about you. Are there any future projects from the Pretty Hustler our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?

I want to get my Hustlers some merchandise and workshops out. Classes are also being setup so that I can start to train other artists. All of my contact information is on my website; ThePrettyHustler.com .

Do you have any final words of inspiration?

 Nothing changes if nothing changes. Get up everyday with a purpose and your business will always be successful. Life is too short not to go for it!

Xoxo, The Pretty Hustler

 

 

 

Dear Single Bitter Sistas

All single women aren’t bitter and all married women aren’t content. Mocha

Listen………
As a married woman of almost 10 years, I know I am going to step on some toes. But there are some things that need to be said. First and foremost, I have never loved a man the way I love my husband. He is the most fascinating man I have ever met. My thoughts are in no way a reflection of where I am in  my marriage but it is an observation. An observation of urban culture’s assessment on a woman’s happiness based upon whether she can “keep a man” or if she has a husband.

Dear “Single Bitter Sistas”,


Karate chop the next person that calls you that in the THOTE. No not throat. THOTE! I am so sick and TIED of reading this foolery in the comment sections of every urban blog. I’m so tired of seeing men stoop low to this ignant phrase every time an intelligent conversation can’t be had. I’m so tired of women throwing around “at least I got a husband”……Ok Sis. And what do you have to do or put up with to keep him around. Oh. Too far? See I told you guys I was going to start stepping on toes.

A few of my closest friends are single and living their ABSOLUTE best life. Glowing left and right! Taking their vitamins, eating healthy, booty poking, stacking money.

But according to some of you guys, this life is not enough if a man isn’t included. And I beg to differ. Marriage is one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. God really showed out when he blessed me with my amazing family! The lies I would be telling if I told you we haven’t had our trying times; but we prosper and always remember what God has destined for us. See you aren’t reading the thoughts of a married woman who’s had a rough relationship and she’s warning single women against marriage. Absolutely NOT!  But you are reading the thoughts of a secure married woman. A secure married woman who doesn’t have to one up somebody by reminding the next person “I got my ring, where’s yours?”

And can we cut to the chase? Some of these “husbands” need to be thrown away. Jesus needs to be a Hefty Extra Strong 33 gallon trash bag in some of your lives. There are some women out here who have aged 15 years stressed out about what their “husbands” could care less about taking them through. These same women are usually the main ones bragging to the next woman about her man trying to convince somebody other than herself she made the right decision. Hurt people Hurt people. Happy wives are too busy being happy to judge the next Sista. Yep I said that too!

Marriages are beautiful when they are healthy and stable and BOTH parties are committed to respect and loyalty. But a marriage isn’t something you can get off the shelf for $79.99. Finding the one destined for you takes time. So let these sistas take their time! This is their life and their business. And if they have observed the trashy way of the world and what a lot of women are suffering through just to stay married and decide against it…….That’s their business too!

And to my single Sistas. There are some amazing marriages because there are some really amazing men and women out here. That doesn’t mean they are without hardships. But not all married women are long suffering and “putting up” for the sake of. We aren’t all chasing down side chicks and giving our husbands a pass for impregnating the dental hygienist. A lot of us have healthy self-esteem and boundaries and our husbands LOVE that about us! You don’t have to lose who you are once you become a wife. And not all husbands require that of us along with being self-absorbed serial cheaters. There are some men out here who really cherish their wives  and kiss the earth she walks upon.

So to all of my Sistas. Let’s stop the separatism based upon relationship status. Let’s continue to lift each other up. We are our Sista’s Keeper! And to my “Single Bitter” Sistas. You betta keep slaying Sis! Keep discovering yourself. Keep thriving. We see you Sis and they do too.  Keep Glowing. Go Sis!

xoMocha

 

Glow Sis Glow: Tyra Powers

Painting from the Inside Out

Our next Glow Sis Glow feature, Tyra Powers,  is a phenomenal woman whose  artwork is like a mirror to her soul. We are so excited to share her story with you. Journey into her celebratory world of art and be inspired!

They say art is the journey of a free soul. Tell us about your journey and how it inspired such amazing pieces.

My journey began at the age of 6 when I first began to draw. From that moment, I knew I wanted to continue to create. I always enjoyed seeing other people happy, so I decided to paint a style representing celebratory artwork. Growing up as an introvert,  it was hard for me to build relationships with people. I soon began using my art as a way to connect. I decided to create bright and vibrant pieces not only to assist with my own happiness, but to bring a smile to other people’s faces.

 

We are in love with the art on your Instagram page @just_tyra_. How has social media assisted you on your journey of entrepreneurship? Have you faced in obstacles along the road?

Social Media has assisted me on the journey of entrepreneurship by allowing me to come in contact and network with so many people outside of Maryland. I’ve participated in shows in New York, California and even had my artwork published in an Art Hip Hop book by Paul Stewart. I will continue to place my work across various social media platforms in order to reach as many people as I can. I face obstacles everyday but I strive to learn how to overcome and push past any issues that may temporarily hinder me. 

We see so many artists, graphic designers, etc. offering services of all kinds on all platforms. In your Bio on Instagram, you make it quite clear  “No Logos or Clothing Designs.” Is there a story behind this?

I do not service logos or clothing designs because I simply prefer to work on my craft before I commit to these services. I still feel as though I’m finding my style with the completion of each and every painting. In addition to painting with both acrylic and oil paint I take the time out to draw and I’m always interested in  learning new forms of art  which takes a tremendous amount of time. I’m also focusing on creating my own Sip and Paint classes as well therefore as visual artist with my own set of goals I decided not to participate in the creation of logos and clothing designs at this time. I do follow  many  great graphic designers on social media  that I refer clients to who are interested in these services.  

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we are all about being inspired by the sharing of others journey. Who inspires you and Why? 

I don’t have a specific person that inspires me. I’m grateful that I had such wonderful parents and siblings that taught me to be inspired by life. I’m inspired by so many people who fight against the odds everyday. I’m inspired by people who are told they can’t do it but never give up. I’m inspired by people who don’t fit typical beauty standards and deal with negativity and hate but yet still continue. I’m inspired by persistence, motivation and dedication. 

As an artist, can you think of a quote that empowered you on your journey? 

“It took me 4 years to paint like Raphael, but a life time to paint like a child.” This quote by Pablo Picasso has baffled me but it also empowers me. I’m so empowered by this quote because I think the results of painting the opposite of the way you are taught are astounding. It gave me new insight and introduced a new meaning to the word “Art”. I would like for people to never give up. In a world where there are so many reasons to just to stop living your dreams I encourage you not to. Each and everyday you wake up is another chance and it’s your duty to keep yourself motivated towards whatever dream you have.  I’m consumed by thoughts of creating new ways to experience art and the many quotes by Pablo Picasso has influenced and sparked a new interest in my definition of art.

Are there any future projects our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?

Yes! I have some exciting new projects coming up such as live paintings and paint classes. I’m always doodling or working on new ideas and I can’t wait to share that with my supporters. I’m excited and I look forward to building a personal connection  with everyone that believes in me. Stay in contact with me by following me on Instagram: just_tyra_.  Check my website at www.tyrapowersart.com to stay updated on all my future events and don’t forget check out my blog.

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us! Do you have any final words of inspiration?

I would like for people to never give up. In a world where there are so many reasons to just to stop living your dreams I encourage you not to. Each and everyday you wake up is another chance and it’s your duty to keep yourself motivated towards whatever dream you have. 

Glow Sis Glow: Megan Grandberry

All’s Fair in Love & Thrifting

Our Motto? Uplifting the tribe one ‘Go Sis’ at a time. We believe in the active effort of encouraging one another through praise, gratitude, and respect. We believe in giving our flowers to the living. Our first feature for our Glow Sis Glow Spotlight is Ms. Megan Grandberry. May you take her story and Be Inspired!

We all have a story that gives us a unique perspective. Tell us your story that fuels your passion?

My passion comes from my love of wanting my outfit to say who I am without having to speak while looking fly on a dime. I’m a very outgoing, creative, and energetic soul. I like to be unique because it shines light on who you really are. My mother is the reason I began thrifting. I soon learned it’s not how much you spend on clothes, it’s how you wear them. My mother is my biggest inspiration.  I’ve always witnessed people from all colors admire her many styles which influenced me to do the same.

How would you describe your journey as a small business owner?

The journey hasn’t been easy but I will say it has gotten better. Knowing your audience is key. Once you have that down packed the rest will fall in line. Patience is the most important thing I’ve struggled with and learned about during my journey. Starting out I had a lot of what–ifs (supporters, success, earnings, etc.). I also had to realize everyone won’t support you but that doesn’t mean your dreams must stop. Sometimes I use to feel you can have the best plan but you’re stuck in a world full of naysayers. Although you can’t go based off others’ opinion, sometimes it does become challenging to rise above it all. As time progressed I learned to turn negativity into motivation. Before I knew it, I was on the path to success.

“Even in the midst of tragedy there’s always glory”

Can you tell us about a time in your life where you faced a major obstacle that turned into a lesson well learned?

Recently I was involved in a car accident where I lost my car and broke my ankle which left me immobile until November. Not being able to work, travel, and expand my brand how I’d normally like hasn’t been easy since I’m “bedridden.”  However, this accident has taught me life is short and to live out everyday as if it were your last.  Everyday I take the time I used to cry and complain about and use it towards something that helps promotes my brand. Even in the midst of tragedy there’s always glory. Sometimes you have to go through rain to see the sunshine. I thank God everyday for throwing this curveball. I think he’s testing how bad I want to become successful.

 

 Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we thrive on inspiration from others. Tell us some of your favorite women and how their stories inspire you.

Aside from my sister and mother, I’m in love with Oprah and Rihanna! In addition to my love of fashion, I am currently in school for Broadcast Journalism. Oprah’s story is one like no other. She turned her tragedy into triumph and is now one of the top richest black women in the world. Simply because of hard work and determination she set the bar and is the phenomenal media mogul she is today. My favorite quote by her is “Being human means you will make mistakes. And you will make mistakes, because failure is God’s way of moving you in another direction.”

I love Rihanna because she came from a small island where not many would get the opportunity she received. She reminds me of myself because I too came from a small town where making it big is slim to none. I love her diversity through music but mainly fashion. Of course she too set the bar of following your dreams and sticking to being yourself no matter where you come from. My favorite quote from her is “When I am putting looks together, I dare myself to make something work. I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that’s a little off, but I have to figure it out. I have to make it me. I think that’s the thrill in fashion.”

 I LOVE quotes. Do you have a favorite quote or saying that empowers you? If so, how do you apply this quote to your journey?

“I understood myself only after I destroyed myself, and only in the process of fixing myself did I know who I really was.”-Sade Andria Zabala. I live by this because it’s a true story for me. I had to actually get to a low point to really understand who I was. Once I went through hell, finding my purpose became clear.

We want to hear more about you. Are there any future projects our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?

 

October 7, 2017 at FAMU Grand Ball Room I will be hosting my first debut fashion show (A Thrifted World) . For more info readers can follow me on:

Instagram: @thriftedhands_

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thriftedhands

Email: thriftedhands@hotmail.com

 

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we use our stories to motivate our community. Do you have any final words of inspiration?

In life there are no such things as good or bad times. Everything is either a lesson or a blessing!

For that one person who doesn’t support you the next person will.