Business Advisor & Investor Bennie Randall Creates Vonoi a New Printed Business Magazine For Entrepreneurs
Vonoi Magazine is a new and informative printed magazine with experienced leaders and up and coming small business owners. It gives readers access to
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NICOLE LYNN MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST BLACK WOMAN AGENT TO REPRESENT AN NFL QUARTERBACK IN THE SUPER BOWL
Congrats are in order for Nicole Lynn, agent to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, on becoming the first Black woman to represent an NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl.
The Eagles triumphed against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the same day the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals in a 23-20 victory in the AFC Championship game. The Eagles and Chiefs’ victories mean they’re the two teams headed to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, CBS Sports reports.
There’s some Black history associated with the 2023 Super Bowl, thanks to the two teams who’ll be playing. For the first time in NFL history, two Black quarterbacks will be playing in hopes of leading their team to victory, as noted by CNN.
But there’s more history Hurts is bringing to Super Bowl 2023, thanks to him breaking the mold with his all-female team of agents. With Hurts playing as a quarterback in the Super Bowl, his agent, Nicole Lynn, has become the first Black woman to represent a quarterback in the coveted faceoff.
On Monday, Diverse Representation dedicated a post celebrating Lynn’s latest accomplishment.
It highlighted how Lynn, an NFL agent, attorney, and President of Operations at Klutch Sports, is making history this Black History Month.
“Thank you!!” Lynn wrote in response, along with two prayer hand emojis. Over on Twitter, users praised Lynn and Hurts ahead of the historic Super Bowl.
“Congrats to Nicole Lynn for being the first black woman agent to represent an NFL quarterback (Jalen Hurts) in the Super Bowl,” one user wrote.
Jalen Hurts has shared his pride in serving as a trailblazer in the NFL by being the first player to hire an all-women team of agents.
“I’ve seen that now with tons of different women in my life that are hustlers. Athletes, coaches, women in the business world of sports. I see it all the time. And they deserve their flowers too. So if me saying something about it brings more attention to it, then I’m all for that.”
BE INSPIRED! - Stories We Love - Never Give Up
This security guard heard that the bank he was guarding was hiring. He walked up to the Bank Manager and boldly told him that he is a graduate and would love to participate in the Aptitude Test for the vacant position.
The Boss allowed him to write the test. He emerged as the ' Best Candidate' and got the job.
The pic shows him on Friday: Last day as a security man and Monday: First day as a Banker.
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The night started off with Miso bowl, which included miso & mushroom broth, vermicelli noodles, beach mushroom, radish, cilantro basil, chili, lime. A great start to a great night.
The second dish was House Made Pasta which included butternut squash cream sauce, balsamic, basil, pomegranate, candied walnuts. The soft elbow-shaped pasta with the bursts of pomegranate nicely thinned out the thickness of the creamy butternut squash and paired well with the mildly sweet and nutty flavor of the candied walnuts. This was Vonoi Magazine winning dish of the night.
The last off the menu dish for the night was the Lemon Curd which included berry, mint, and short bread crumble. The fresh blueberries cut through the tart lemon curd spread, balancing out it's flavor for a light finish to the night.
The night was really friendly vibe and DJ GRACE was providing the music that kept the night flowing. The music was so damn good we wanted to get up and dance. The restaurant has an urban and artsy vibe about it.
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David Bishop (FMR President of Sony & MGM) talks about The Art Of Leadership on The Bennie Randall Show
David Bishop is compassionately committed to turning executives into effective leaders. With nearly four decades of experience training emerging and experienced business people, David has developed unique neuroscience-based methodologies that are proven to turn obstacles into opportunities and foster success to a variety of businesses.
Whether coaching executives or implementing media strategies within an organization, David equips his clients with techniques for the current and future confluence of markets, technology and business systems. Whatever the commercial climate, David guides his clients with confidence, intention, and ease, attributable to his own meditation practice, which he’s been doing for over 40 years.
From the business field to the playing field, whether coaching executives or little league, David is all about instilling the importance of teamwork, establishing life lessons and rewarding individual accomplishments within group successes.
With a keen eye, sharp mind and deep intuition, David brings integrity to organizational decision-making and strategy, and, above all, limitless innovation, always bearing in mind one of his favorite presidential quotes: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other,” – John F. Kennedy
Paving the Path By Disrupting the Media IndustryDavid is recognized as a prolific powerhouse for consumer product launches and as a go-to digital media figurehead. With an impressive track record of leading corporations to exponential revenue growth, David has served as President to both Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGM Home Entertainment.
During his tenure at Sony, David used his savvy and skills to successfully take the industry lead in the launch and marketing of both Blu Ray and digital distribution market platforms, contributing to over $20 billion in gross revenues for Sony Pictures, even during the recession and the decline of DVD markets. David and his team also earned several accolades for providing best customer service for Amazon and Walmart.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Home Entertainment, David anticipated and fortuitously led the industry in the DVD market revolution, increasing MGM Home Entertainment revenues from $300 Million to $1 Billion. With David at MGM Home Entertainment’s helm, MGM received numerous customer service awards from top-tier retailers, including Best Buy and Target. The entertainment industry took note and in 2002, David was inducted into Variety Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
From Executive Leader to Leading ExecutivesCombined, David’s diversified professional adventures, real-world practices and educational certifications are a unique blend of experience, intellect and heart. His impact on the media industry and American consumer buying habits, coupled with his leadership of game-changing product launches is a rare blend of tenacity and strategy. These varied experiences have helped him hone neuroscience-based methodologies that corporations and executives alike are implementing all over the country.
On the executive coaching side, David’s success is attributed to a management philosophy based on high-performance team building. Even during the occasional rough waters of economic downturns or changing consumer markets, David has maintained senior level executive teams that are motivated, passionate and service-oriented.
An Innovative Media StrategistOn the media strategy side David has deftly navigated the ever-changing business landscape. Once launching his own business, David began consulting as an advisor to IMAX and began working with numerous startups to launch new technologies. Along these lines, he is a Founding Board Member for Parrot Analytics, as well as a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Within the financial community, David is often hired to help top-tier financial institutions understand the trends in the media business. As a result, he has helped numerous private equity firms vet and analyze investment opportunities with media-oriented companies.
A Coach Who Has Walked the WalkReturning back to the college campus, David received a graduate certificate in executive organizational coaching from Columbia University and is now working with the Dean of the Anneberg School at the University of Southern California (USC) to create a leadership development program called Third Space Thinking.
With a love of learning, David is schooled in 360-degree thinking, cultural competency, empathy and adaptability – skills that allow individuals and teams to be more effective. David is currently in the process of developing assessment tools and workshops that will be available all over the world.
David is also certified in two key assessment tools:
Limitless Impact From the Boardroom to the ClassroomMarried, with a son and daughter, David grew up on the east coast but now resides in sunny Southern California, splitting time between New York and Los Angeles. Never swaying far from the entertainment industry, his interests include movies and music. As a singer and guitar player in his own right, David occasionally performs live events with his band.
When he’s not rocking out, he’s being a rock of support for a variety of charitable and industry-related organizations. He is the founding Co-Chairman of Fast Forward To End Hunger, the Chairman of the Los Angeles Foodbank and has served on the boards of the End Hunger Network, Stanford University’s Positive Coaching Alliance and Graziadio School of Business & Management’s mentoring program at Pepperdine University.
His charitable work has garnered several accolades, including receiving the esteemed Keystone Award from Los Angeles Team Mentoring in 2011.
Marrying his professional experience with his vivacious leadership skills, he is a sought-after speaker and has been a guest lecturer and keynoter for the USC Marshall School of Business and St. Joseph’s University Haub School of Business.
Rounding out his industry experience, David has also served as one of the founding partners and board members for the first internet video-on-demand service, Movielink, and was a former Chairman of the Manufacturing Committee for Video Software Dealers Association. He was also the first President and long time Vice Chairman for the Digital Entertainment Group.
Ready to start shaking things up and use David’s skills and savvy to broaden your business and make it thrive?
Alena Analeigh - 13 years old and accepted to medical school talks about her journey on The Bennie Randall Show
Alena Analeigh Wicker is just 13 and she was recently accepted into the University of Alabama's Heersink School of Medicine for 2024. According to The Washington Post, she was accepted as part of the school's Early Assurance Program, which partners with HBCU schools in Alabama to offer students early acceptance as they plan to enter medical school.
Shortly after getting the acceptance letter, she opened up on Instagram about the exciting news.
"I graduated High school LAST YEAR at 12 years old and here I am one year later I've been accepted into Med School at 13. I'm a junior in college," she wrote. "Statistics would have said I never would have made it. A little black girl adopted from Fontana California."
"I've worked so hard to reach my goals and live my dreams," she added, going on to credit her mother, Daphne McQuarter, for all her support.
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"Mama I made it," Alena wrote. "I couldn't have done it without you. You gave me every opportunity possible to be successful."
"You are the best mother a kid could ever ask for," the teen added. "You always believed in me.You allowed me space to grow and become, make mistakes without making me feel bad. You allowed me the opportunity to experience the world."
Of course, like any other kid her age, Alena enjoys going to the movies, baking, and spending time with her friends.
"I'm still a normal 13-year-old," she told The Washington Post.
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The teen is currently a student in two undergraduate programs studying biological sciences at both Arizona State University and Oakwood University.
"I just have extremely good time management skills and I'm very disciplined," she told the Post.
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Alena isn't only focused on the classroom when it comes to her education. In 2021 she became the youngest intern ever at NASA. In an interview with The Baltimore Times, Alena said the dream started early for her.
"I was around three or four years old when I became fascinated with the stars and space and LEGOs," Alena said. "My mom began taking me to different astronomy nights and NASA Centers. I remember walking in saying 'I am going to work here one day, and I will be the youngest girl of color to work here.'"
She also told the outlet her ultimate goal is to become a flight surgeon and "work with astronauts."
Alena's impressive achievements don't even stop there. She also founded the Brown STEM Girl, an organization for girls of color who are interested in exploring careers in STEM -- and was a finalist for this year's TIME's Top Kid of the Year.
"What is age?" she told The Washington Post. "You're not too young to do anything. I feel like I have proven to myself that I can do anything that I put my heart and mind to."
Melinda F. Emerson, SmallBizLady, is America’s #1 Small Business Expert. She has been a thriving entrepreneur for nearly 20 years and is an internationally known keynote speaker and expert on small business development and social media marketing. She publishes a resource blog www.succeedasyourownboss.com. Her small business advice is widely read reaching more than 3 million entrepreneurs each week online. A pioneer in social media marketing, she is the creator and host of #Smallbizchat, the longest running live chat on Twitter for small business owners. Forbes magazine named her the #1 woman for entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter.
Melinda is a founder and president of Quintessence Group, an award-winning marketing consulting firm based in Philadelphia, PA, serving Fortune 500 brands who target small businesses. Notable clients include Visa, Sam’s Club, FedEx, American Express, ADP, Verizon Wireless, Pitney Bowes, Staples and The Hartford. She has lectured at numerous colleges and universities including; MIT, The University of Pennsylvania, Rosemont College, Chatham University, Point Park College, Temple University, Cheyney University, Delaware State, Howard University, and Morgan State University.
In addition to being a former columnist for The New York Times, and Entrepreneur, she is frequently quoted by other media organizations including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, CNBC, MSNBC and Fox News. Forbes magazine named her one of Top 10 Tech and Business Experts for 2017. She is also a contributor to Inc., Essence and Black Enterprise. She is an expert on what it takes the start a successful small business, go-to-market strategy, and social media selling. She is the bestselling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, 2nd Edition and the ebook How To Become a Social Media Ninja, and her latest book Fix Your Business. She is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech, and mother to her amazing son JoJo.
The Bennie Randall Show
By Brent Underwood
I would like to tell you about the biggest lie in book publishing. It appears in the biographies and social media profiles of almost every working “author” today. It’s the word “best seller.”
This isn’t about how The New York Times list is biased (though it is). This isn’t about how authors buy their way onto various national best-seller lists by buying their own books in bulk (though they do). No, this is about the far more insidious title of “Amazon Bestseller”—and how it’s complete and utter nonsense.
Here’s what happened in the book industry over the last few years: As Amazon has become the big dog in the book world, the “Amazon Bestseller” status has come to be synonymous with being an actual bestseller. This is not true, and I can prove it.
Last week, I put up a fake book on Amazon. I took a photo of my foot, uploaded to Amazon, and in a matter of hours, had achieved “No. 1 Best Seller” status, complete with the orange banner and everything.
How many copies did I need to sell be able to call up my mother and celebrate my newfound authorial achievements? Three. Yes, a total of three copies to become a best-selling author. And I bought two of those copies myself!
The reason people aspire to call themselves “bestselling author” is because it dramatically increases your credibility and “personal brand.” It can establish you as a thought leader. You’re able to show that you not only wrote a book, but that the market has judged it to be better than other books out there. It’s a status symbol, one of that cashes in on the prestige of one of man’s oldest past-times. At last, I had acquired this coveted title for myself.
I’m a partner at a marketing company called Brass Check. Over the years, we’ve helped launch 30 legitimate New York Times best sellers (including several at the sought-after No. 1 spot). My company has helped sell over 5 million books and advised or managed book launches with every major publishing house, including Amazon.
We have important rules at my company about the projects we take on. We don’t work with authors whose books we wouldn’t read ourselves, and we don’t guarantee best-seller status. We say no to more work than we say yes to, but these principles help us avoid the gimmicky, one-hit-wonders who aren’t looking to write great books but instead are looking to trick people into thinking they have.
But it’s begun to feel a bit like a losing battle. Because those authors are everywhere these days. The title of my fake book was “Putting My Foot Down” for a reason: I’ve become utterly exhausted with phony “authors” and the scam artists and charlatans who conspire with these folks–the cottage industry that has built up around them, selling courses, instructions and hacks. A quick Google search returns dozens of “bestselling books,” courses, packages, schools, secrets, summits, and webinars teaching you how to become a “bestselling author”. Hell, this guy even promises to show you how to be a bestselling author “Even if You Have No Book Ideas, Writing Skills, or Any Clue Where To Start” in a “5 Phase Formula.”
Heart Centered Media will give you “Guaranteed Bestseller Status” for just “3 payments of $1,333,” although they let you know “Book Sales are NOT Guaranteed.” Denise Cassino promises that with her services, “You’ll forever after be a ‘Bestselling Author!’ a tag that will open doors otherwise closed to you”…for just $3250. Jesse Krieger over at “Bestseller Campaign Blueprint” encourages you to “Imagine looking on Amazon and seeing…Your Book on the Best-Seller Lists Next to Your Author Heroes” and lets you know he can deliver that dream for just $997. Peggy McColl has “Launched Perhaps MORE Bestsellers Than ANY Other” and will teach you how for only $2,497.
It used to be a real mark of distinction to hit the best-seller lists–because there were fewer lists and fewer authors (and before ebooks, pricing across books was pretty universal as well). The New York Times list has been the most prestigious, published in one form or another since 1931. By 1942, a national list made its debut, compiled according to “reports from leading booksellers in 22 cities.” By the mid-2000s, over 4,000 bookstores were polled each week to determine who deserved to be on the list. The Wall Street Journal list, which has been around since 2009, is based on Nielsen Bookscan and tends to focus on a smaller number of categories. The USA Today list is also a prestigious but more of a catch-all list.
Any industry person can tell you these lists have their problems. There’s a barely concealed editorial bias. Bookscan, the database that tabulates book sales, inexplicably doesn’t include Amazon’s ebook sales. There’s even the possibility of manipulation, as outlined in a 2013 Wall Street Journal article called “The Mystery of the Book Sales Spike.” Still, they remain relatively hard to crack. In most cases, your book not only has to be good enough for a legitimate publisher to publish it, but you have to outsell all the other books out there, past and present, even if you’re paying for it out of your pocket. We’ve had clients sell close to 10,000 copies in a single week and miss landing on these charts.
Because of the high bar, the term “bestselling author” was a term with some meaning. It was seen as something that was earned through a lot of hard work. But today, that designation has changed—for the worse. It’s like when you see a food described as “natural.” The FDA doesn’t actually regulate that term, so it’s basically meaningless.
It’s about time that readers—and the media, which breathlessly repeats the best-selling claims of these authors—wised up. So let me show you exactly how I became a became a #1 Amazon bestseller for $2 and a photo of my foot in less than five minutes (with screenshots and proof). Hopefully, as my partner Ryan has put it, once you understand how the sausage is made, you won’t want to eat it any more.
Step 1: Writing my book (~2 seconds)I didn’t feel like writing a book so I instead just took a photo of my foot. I called the book “Putting My Foot Down” and included one page with, you guessed it, a photo of my foot.
Verifying rights and choosing categoriesAmazon has their own “bestseller” rankings for books, based upon categories. If you’re in the Top 100 in your Amazon category, you will see a “bestseller ranking” below the title. A book at the #1 spot in any given category will get a “#1 Best Seller” banner featured next to the title. This lets potential customers know the book is the top-selling item in that category. If a book holds the top spot in a category for months, that’s saying something. Hitting it for an hour (which is how often Amazon refreshes its rankings), screen-shotting it, and calling yourself a “bestselling author” for life? Well…
A few more things to know, in case you want to try this at home:
Designing my coverAmazon features a handy “Cover Creator” that will lay text over any image and create your cover in a matter of seconds. I chose my foot for the image.
Waiting for approval from AmazonThe waiting is the worst part of the process. What if Amazon rejected my foot?
Amazon page is liveJust a few short hours later, another book is added to Amazon’s extraordinary catalog. One small step for me…one giant leap for the digital world.
Step 3: Asking 3 friends to buy the book (~1 minute)Aaron always has my back, no questions asked:
The time invested in this promotion could have been even shorter if Nick had not asked so many nettlesome questions.
Step 4: Sell some copiesBurst onto the scene with three copies sold in the first few hours. Look at that hockey stick growth!
Step 5: WE MADE IT! #1
Success! Just a reminder to the kids that if you work hard, own an iPhone with a working camera, and have no shame, you too can be a #1 best-selling author. What a thrill to see that #1 Bestseller banner! Time to put Drake on repeat and update my LinkedIn profile to include #1 Best Selling Author.
Not just one list either. The book was so popular it also hit #2 and #3 in the “Freemasonry” category.
Leading the pack. Sorry Monika and Ken
Amazon is the largest book retailer in the world. They carry over 33 MILLION titles and ship them pretty much anywhere in the world. At the same time Amazon also allows authors to publish titles directly onto the platform, without the approval of traditional publishers, editors, or, as my foot book proves, really any barriers at all. In 2014, a new book was added to Amazon every five minutes.
Gone are the days of having to be selected to put out a book. Gone are the days of having to go to a bookstore to see what is available. Now you can check online, with real time reviews, AND, real time “bestseller” rankings. It’s unsurprising that as the barriers to entry for the book business went down, so did the quality of the books being produced. These days, over one million books are published each year, with at least half of these self-published. So it’s almost obvious that, given the volume, you could game your way to the top of a category with very few sales. And yet, in spite of the fact that it’s as easy as I’ve shown to become an Amazon best-seller, those same people get to cash in on the goodwill and prestige build up in the title “bestselling author.”
I didn’t write this to make my foot famous. I wrote this post because I’m tired of vanity titles and success without quality. I also wanted to show how simple it is to call yourself a best-selling author, in the hopes that people buying books become more discerning customers. Remember, if I can make my foot a “bestselling author” for under 3 dollars and a few minutes of work, you should take any person presenting themselves as such with a grain of salt.
For the authors: I hope my story illustrates that the best marketing tactic you can use for a book is to write a great book that actually sells over the long term. It’s easy to be seduced by best-seller lists, sales numbers, speaking fees, and all the ephemera in this industry. Don’t let all of that make you lose sight of the importance of quality and authority in your work. Anyone can be a one-hit wonder; focus on crafting a book that will sell for decades.
As for me and my foot, I’m awaiting a movie studio’s call for the film rights and plugging away on the sequel. The working title is “Put the Right Foot Forward.” New York Times list, here we come.
Author’s update: I’ve written a revised and expanded version of Putting my Foot Down, which you can find here.
Brent Underwood is the No. 1 best-selling author of “Putting My Foot Down“ and a partner at Brass Check.
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