Gabby Goodwin, a 14-year old girl from Columbia, South Carolina who is the CEO of and founder of GaBBY Bows, is extremely grateful after receiving an investment worth $200,000, of which $50,000 is from broadcast journalist Gayle King.
During her interview in an episode on the new podcast One Hundred Percent with Marcus Lemonis, Gabby talked avidly about the business she founded when she was just 5-years old.She said she got the idea out of frustration from always losing her hair barrettes that keep falling out of her hair. She then started creating the patented double-faced double-snap barrette until she also developed a range of natural hair care products that are sold online and in 74 Target locations across the country.
Gabby was surprised when Lemonis said that he would gift her a $150,000 investment for her business. She touch even more when Gayle King, who had joined them during the show, also expressed her admiration for the young CEO and said that she would also gift her with a $50,000 investment.
"These investments mean so much to me. As a Black-owned business, it has been hard raising capital. To also be in partnership with both Marcus Lemonis and Gayle King is a blessing," Gabby said, according to Black Enterprise. "Their investments will help me develop and purchase products and grow my team to better serve our Confidence families."
For more information about GaBBY Bows and/or to order online, visit GabbyBows.com
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Meet April Ross, an HBCU graduate of Alabama State University who is now the owner of WJCN TV-33, a local television station based in LaGrange, Georgia. As an entrepreneur, she is especially proud of her success because she used to work at the same station as an intern!
April was a student majoring in communications when she began interning at WJCN. After graduating in 2001, she began working as a production assistant and later as a reporter.In 2017, she was working as a reporter with CBS affiliate WRBL News-3 when she encountered an incident wherein a deputy sheriff was shot. When she realized there were no reporters to cover the story, she did an exclusive live report in the area on social media.
"My news reporter instincts took over and in the absence of any TV news outlets here to report on it, I covered it on Facebook Live, which helped my social media presence to grow in excess of 15,000 followers. This was the catalyst for Bee-TV and ultimately contributed to my purchase of WJCN TV-33," April said, according to ASU News.
That's when she thought of pursuing a business venture and started planning to deliver breaking news stories on her own television station instead of on social media. In May 2021, she purchased WJCN, which broadcasts 24/7 on Spectrum Cable to more than 600,000 households in 11 counties in both West Georgia and East Alabama.
April says that she credits God for everything she has achieved in life. She also says that she is very thankful for Alabama State University which has greatly contributed to who she is now. She also doesn't forget CBS-3's main anchor Teresa Whitaker, who was her mentor and always saw the "star quality" in her.
She comments, "My advice to present students is that you must first work hard, learn well and work through the hard times if you wish to obtain your dreams."
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Dr. Dre's ex-wife Nicole Young could receive over $3.5 million a year in spousal support.
A judge recently ordered the music mogul to pay his ex-wife nearly $300,000 until they reach a divorce settlement.
“[Dre] is ordered to pay to the [Nicole] spousal support in the sum of $293,306.00 per month, payable on the first of each month, commencing August 1, 2021,” the court document, which was obtained by the outlet, states.
In total, Dre will be paying Nicole a whopping $3,519,672 a year in spousal support, not including other expenses like health insurance.
As stated in the court filing, Nicole will continue to receive the support payment “until the party receiving support remarries or enters into a new domestic partnership, death of either party.”
In addition to Dre paying Nicole nearly $300,000 a month and covering her health insurance, he will also “continue paying the expenses for the Malibu, and Pacific Palisades homes.”
As noted by The Blast, Dre and Nicole are currently negotiating an overall settlement of their divorce, so his $300,000 a month payments are technically temporary.
Nicole filed for divorce from Dre in June 2020. The former couple, who share two children, had been married for 24 years.
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MIT Alumna hosts Growth Marketing Conference to assist Founders and CEOs Reach More Clients and Investors - Bshani Radio News
Not to be missed Growth Marketing Conference features experts with a proven track record of driving billions of dollars of revenue collectively.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - July 20, 2021 - PRLog -- Zhe Scott, MIT Alumna, CEO, and Founder of The SEO Queen, will host the first Reach More Clients Power Conference via zoom on July 29, 30, and 31, 2021. This conference features a bevy of experts to help businesses grow with SEO, organic and paid social media marketing, intellectual property protection, financial planning, operations management, contract acquisition, customer experience managements, mindset, and sales. This conference is being hosted in partnership with the South Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Los Angeles Urban League; Guillermo A Saade, Edward Jones Financial Advisor; Connected Women of Influence, The Leadhershift Movement, Courageous Woman Magazine and other sponsors.
The workshops for this three-day event include actionable strategies for effective SEO, blogging, brand messaging, content marketing, public relations and effective storytelling, sales strategies, strategic partnerships, and much more.
This conference will include CEO of The SEO Queen: Zhe Scott along with keynote speakers: Rachel Kennedy, CEO of the Kennedy Curate; Paul Andre, host of the SEO Video Show; Marquel Russell, "King of Client Attraction"; Calvin Martyr, Founder of I AM WE GLOBAL; Ira Domnitz, principal attorney of patent-lawyers.com; Xkizin Wright, The Entrepreneur Therapist; Rev Brig Feltus, Founder and CEO of the ReMember Institute; Michelle Bergquist, CEO of Connected Women of Influence; Deborah Thorne, the Information Diva; Dr. Deena Brown, Ted Talk, Speaker and Founder of the LeadHerShift Movement; Andrea Patrick, Personal Branding Expert; Video Marketing expert, Kori Raishon; Anika Jackson, CEO of Anika PR; Gabriel Rich, host of the Rich Report; Dr. John Aden, CEO and founder of VALeverage.com; Certification Expert, Dori Bailey; and Anthony Williams, contract acquisition expert.
Jameeca Marshall, Director of Programs for the Los Angeles Urban League says, "The Urban League is proud to support another opportunity to network and to learn strategies to grow your business via search
engines, contracts and more during the age of social distancing. We are strongly encouraging our clients and Black-owned businesses to attend. This conference will provide information and tools that small business owners cannot afford to miss." Guillermo A Saade says that he is "excited to share strategies to help business owners achieve their long term financial goals"
The SEO Queen is happy to support another opportunity for businesses growth in these changing economic and financial times. You do not want to miss this growth marketing conference and this opportunity to network and to learn strategies to grow your business via search engines, contracts and more during the age of social distancing. You can purchase tickets right now by going to seoqueen.com/conference. General Admission and VIP Experience tickets are available. Two one on one coaching sessions are available with each VIP experience ticket. You get an hour with MIT Alumna and CEO Zhe Scott, and one with another expert of your choice.
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Fast-growing social networking app, TikTok, is admitting to taking certain measures to ensure content from particular users is not viewable by a wide audience. However, the company insists it’s being done with genuine intent.
According to a report by German site Netzpolitik, TikTok considers queer people, fat people, and those with disabilities to be at risk of cyberbullying and in an effort to protect them from potential harassment, the platform enlists moderators to flag their videos and limit the number of viewers they can reach. TikTok lists examples of disabilities as autism, Downs syndrome, facial disfigurement, facial problems such as birthmarks or slight squints, etc.
TikTok also uses hashtags to determine whether a user is at “risk.” Hashtags such as #foryou, #fyp, #disability, #fatwoman, or users with “Autist” or rainbow flags and other LGBT identifiers in their bio have also been moderated.
When moderators use these tactics, they limit the users’ ability to have their videos seen by others passed a certain number of views, or sometimes outside of their geographical area. Some users were restricted after 6,000 to 10,000 views. Some users’ videos are only viewable within their home country.
“This approach was never intended to be a long-term solution and although we had a good intention, we realized that it was not the right approach,” a spokesperson for TikTok told Netzpolitik.
What are your thoughts? Is censorship the best way to handle cyberbullying?
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Biz Markie, the “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop” best known for his 1989 global smash “Just a Friend,” has died, according to his representative, Jenni Izumi. His cause of death has not yet been disclosed, but Izumi said the rapper, singer, DJ, producer, actor, comedian, and writer “peacefully passed away” Friday evening with his wife, Tara Hall, by his side. Markie had been hospitalized in April last year due to complications from Type 2 diabetes, and as of last December he was reportedly living in a Maryland rehabilitation facility after suffering a diabetic coma and stroke. He was 57 years old.
“We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time,” Izumi said in a statement. “Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years. He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes, and frequent banter.”
Biz Markie was born Marcel Theo Hall on April 8, 1964, in Harlem, and he spent his childhood in Long Island. He launched his hip-hop career in the Manhattan club scene (and later, on the East Coast college circuit), working as a human beatbox for acts like Roxanne Shanté and MC Shan. His debut album, 1988’s Goin’ Off — which featured production by Marley Marl and co-writing by Big Daddy Kane, and showcased Biz’s impressive beatboxing skills — was a respectable success, peaking at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 19 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on the strength of underground tracks like “Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz,” “Nobody Beats the Biz,” “Vapors,” and “Pickin’ Boogers.”
However, it was the following year’s gold-certified, entirely self-penned The Biz Never Sleeps, featuring “Just a Friend,” that made Markie a household name. That playful, piano-driven single, which interpolated Freddie Scott’s 1968 song “(You) Got What I Need,” became a platinum-selling top 10 U.S. hit, and its wacky video, featuring a candelabra-lit Markie bashing the ivories and wailing the unhinged, deliberately out-of-tune chorus in a powdered Mozart wig, was a high-rotation MTV staple for months.
Unfortunately, Markie never charted another Billboard Hot 100 hit again, and his cartoonish image and puerile humor relegated him to novelty act/one-hit wonder status. On top of that, promotion for his third album, 1991’s I Need a Haircut, was sidelined by a lawsuit from soft rock singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan, who claimed that Biz’s track “Alone Again” featured an unauthorized sample of O'Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally).” When Markie lost that case, I Need a Haircut was pulled from circulation; the court’s landmark ruling, Grand Upright Music Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc., changed the entire music industry, with record labels now required to clear all samples on all future releases. Biz’s follow-up LP was 1993’s cheekily titled All Samples Cleared!, but his career was unable to rebound after the negative publicity. It would be decade before he released another album, 2003’s Weekend Warrior, which turned out to be his last.
However, the legacy of “Just a Friend” was enduring, and over the years Biz’s skills and wit gained new appreciation. He became an icon of the alternative hip-hop genre, collaborating with the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Will Smith, Wu-Tang Clan, Coolio, Fat Joe, the Avalanches, Kesha, the Flaming Lips, Canibus, the Aquabats, Len, and — in recorded-sample form — even the Rolling Stones. Mario’s “Just a Friend 2002” was inspired by Markie’s hit, and Austin Mahone sampled and interpolated the original “Just a Friend” chorus in his 2012 single “Say You're Just a Friend” featuring Flo Rida. The Beasties’ championing of Biz especially helped revitalize his career, although he pivoted to DJing rather than recording, even opening for Chris Rock on tour with DJ sets in 2008.
Biz also reached new audiences by appearing in Men in Black II, Black-ish, SpongeBob SquarePants, Empire, In Living Color, Wild 'n Out, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Sharknado 2, and the first season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, which he won. He also memorably performed “Just a Friend” with Jeff Goldblum and the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and hosted a daily radio show on LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells channel on SiriusXM.
In 2011, Markie was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; three years later, he did an interview with ABC News about how he had shed 140 pounds in an attempt to improve his condition, explaining, “I wanted to live. … If I didn’t make the changes, it was going to make the diabetes worse. I’m trying to get off [medication]. The way you’ve got to do it is lose the weight. I’m off half my meds; I just got to get off the rest. They said I could lose my feet. They said I could lose body parts. A lot of things could happen.”
Just this past April, Markie’s friend and collaborator Big Daddy Kane said Markie was on his way to recovery after his 2020 stroke, telling syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club, “He’s in rehabilitation now. He’s getting better and stronger every day. Last time I talked to him on the phone, he got a real light voice — but last time I talked on the phone he stuck his middle finger up at me, so I think he’s coming along.”
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