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Cindy Grigg’s ‘Sistahood’ Show Turns One!

Cindy was first featured in our Black Owned Business Blog on November 2nd, 2020 and we are proud to announce that this sister continues to persevere! On Sunday October 3rd 2021, The Sistahood show will celebrate 1 year of providing women with a safe and connected environment where they can engage with each other on gender specific issues and receive a wealth of advice. Cindy’s purpose to stay positive and accomplish each objective she’s set for herself in recent times is downright commendable.

What is the importance of ‘Sistahood” (Sisterhood)?’ A Sisterhood can create strong connections that last forever, whilst also bringing a sense of belonging to people who might feel isolated and alone. Having a sense of belonging is so important to all women and girls, and the acceptance from the group can help individuals show acceptance and growth within themselves.

Since its commencement, The Sistahood Show has received support from many viewers on its web-based media stage, Facebook. The show is aired from various locations around the island of Antigua, including restaurants and diners where the ambience is comfortable and welcoming for her guests. Some restaurants and diners she’s visited include Ana’s restaurant and art gallery, The Garden Grill, Ounces Restaurant, Country Vybz restaurant and more.

According to Cindy, “The Sisterhood Show is about elevating women from all walks of life”.

Many may have counted her out, but Cindy still has great plans for her talk show. Follow her on Social Media to keep updated with the latest news and upcoming events.

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See Cindy’s detailed feature here

Powerful Ebooks for Today’s Entrepreneur

Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

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Four Powerful E-books for today’s Entrepreneur

It is safe to say that you are searching for guidance in the entrepreneurial market, thus improving your life?

We’ve incorporated a rundown of the best Ebooks by famous business pioneers, writers, and fruitful business visionaries, loaded with reasonable guidance on turning into an industry trend-setter and discovering your energy through significant work. With these books, you also can assemble your own business and flourish.Entrepreneurial Success:

1. Entrepreneurial Success:

To own a successful modern business, you must stay ahead in the social media game! This Amazing Bundle comes with all this!

  • Social Media Marketing Ebook
  • FREE social media strategy checklist
  • FREE Resource Cheat Sheet with external links
  • FREE Mindmap to track your progress

The entrepreneurial industry is one that attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year. Everyone wants to own their own business. Everyone wants to reap the rewards that come with independent success, including financial freedom, more time to spend with your family, and the ability to work for yourself rather than someone else. This eBook provides a step-by-step system to program your mind for success.

Price: $4.99 USD. Click Here for your copy.

2. You Can Do It! – Mastering the Art of Goalsetting and Establishing Self Discipline

This powerful guide will provide you with everything you need to finally get rid of procrastination and time-wasting and start living the life you want.

Included in the package are:

  • Ebook
  • Focus Articles
  • Cheat sheet

Knowledge is power, and once we understand the root causes of unhappiness, we are well on our way to overcoming it. Or, at the very least, mitigate its effects.

Within this guide, you will discover everything you need to know to create happiness every day of your life and what not to do, leading to stress and anxiety.

Topics covered:

  • Figuring Out Which Goals To Set
  • Use Daily Rituals to Fine Tune and Achieve Your Goals
  • Measure Your Success to Boost Your Motivation
  • Learn When To Scale Up
  • And much more!

Includes ready sales materials!

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And now on to Marketing. It isn’t easy keeping up with various ever-changing algorithms in today’s social media platforms. These two informative Ebooks contain a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed at any marketing task!

3. Social Media Marketing Bundle

To own a successful modern business, you must stay ahead in the social media game! This Amazing Bundle comes with all this!

  • Social Media Marketing Ebook
  • FREE social media strategy checklist
  • FREE Resource Cheat Sheet with external links
  • FREE Mindmap to track your progress

Social media marketers and business owners! Are you tired of scrolling through your feed wishing you had a bigger audience but uncertain about how to go about getting more? Discover How You Can Increase Your Social Media Presence, Create Unique Content, Build a Bigger Audience, and Sell Your Products and Services With Ease.

It may take a lot of planning, but do not be afraid: take the opportunity to develop a social media marketing strategy, and make your online business reach new success levels!

A common problem that many of us have is expecting our content to go viral and for our follower count to grow immediately. Many people spend an average of 3 hours on social media per day, which increases depending on the demographic.

In reality, posts rarely go viral without many hours spent researching, strategizing, and planning the most exciting and effective content to share with their engaged followers.

Understanding social media marketing will have numerous benefits relevant to many aspects of business in the twenty-first century.

Some of the valuable information that you will learn from this eBook include:

– What social media marketing is

 –The key elements of social media marketing

 –Why you need to develop a strategy

 –Examples of goals that you can set

 And Much More!

Price: $4.99 USD. Click here for your copy.

4. Tik Tok Domination Bundle

TikTok marketing is the hidden key to reach out instantly to widely scattered customers & boost ROI in a convenient manner. Included in this bundle are:

  • Content Creation Tips
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  • Marketing Strategies
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TikTok Marketing has become the best technique for marketers to make the most from their advertising efforts, and if not given adequate importance to, it can prove fatal for your business. Not only does it give you more opportunities to enhance your credibility, but you can easily stay on top of the minds of your targeted audience on a long-term basis. Guys, TikTok marketing is the hidden key to reach out instantly to widely scattered customers & boost ROI in a convenient manner. Included in this bundle are:

  • Content Creation Tips
  • Best Hashtags
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Analytics

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SCAMMED by the Blessing Loom

With the world plunging into economic crises due to Covid-19 and mandatory lock-downs, it isn’t a surprise that fraudulent economics is rearing its ugly head everywhere. The most common being “the blessing loom”. It goes by other names such as:

  • Blessing Bank
  • Infinity Loom
  • Snowflake Blessing
  • Giving Circle

How it started

This pyramid scheme first surfaced in 2016 when Derek Loom, an American citizen roped in ‘blessed investors’ via social media. He was arrested in 2019, but by that time, he had already made at least 10 Million USD and authorities couldn’t press any real charges against him, as per various media reports. The scam easily and quickly reverberated through the four corners of the earth, via the worldwide platform, Facebook.

How it works

Persons are usually recruited by invitation only. With a small investment of let’s say $100, through some digital payment service like Paypal or Venmo, you can spread the wealth, and see a huge return on the money (your ‘entry fee’). The only catch is that you have to recruit other ‘investors.’ They, in turn will invite others and the goal is for everyone to end up making loads of cash. It’s evident on social media right now, that persons are posting their invites directly in groups and on their facebook walls with captions such as “inbox me” or “find out how!”

How you lose

This sounds like heaven! Right? Unfortunately, in most cases, it ends up being hell for most unsuspecting hopefuls. The trouble with the scheme is its reliance on recruiting others in order to keep the ship afloat. Once people stop participating, the money ship sinks. This will leave lots of disappointed people to lose the cash they initially invested.

The idea of the blessing loom is similar to that of a ponzi scheme. According to invesopedia, A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return with little risk to investors. The Ponzi scheme generates returns for early investors by acquiring new investors. This is similar to a pyramid scheme in that both are based on using new investors’ funds to pay the earlier backers. They sound pretty much identical!

Derek Loom, who started the blessing loom in 2016

Tenesha’s Story

Tenesha W. 27, from Brooklyn NY was employed as a pre-school teacher before covid-19 struck the USA in January 2020. The pre-school soon closed its doors indefinitely and she was forced to apply for unemployment benefits. Being a single mother, having 3 children aged 5 -13, with no income and no assistance caused Tenesha to go into depression. Soon, she was offered a rope in the dark. A friend of hers contacted her and asked her to invest $100 to join the loom. Her friend explained how it worked and she was on board. I mean, how hard could it be to find two people, right? That she did. Once Tenesha received her $800 ‘hand’, things started looking up for her. She decided to try another group. She made another $800 and then another. This was way more than she had bargained for! Things were definitely turning around for her.

One day, she saw a post on social media that offered way more than just $800. This time, you could invest $625 and gain $5000. This seemed like some kind of miracle. Tenesha was quick to message the poster and join his group. Her early gains were being depleted and she needed a quick fix so that she could at least pay something on her rent and stock up on some much needed groceries. She could only dream about getting her hair and nails done again. Once she joined, she embarked on her mission of recruiting the required investors. She invited the friend that recruited her in the first place, but she wasn’t interested as the stakes were a bit high for her. Instead, she was met with- “Girl, why didn’t you stick with the $100 groups!?” Tenesha was puzzled since her friend was so confident when recruiting her. This seemed like a sure thing, so why not up the stakes a bit? She continued her recruiting mission and finally secured her people.

Everyone was finally in! Her recruits also had the job of recruiting their own people so she just sat tight for a bit until it was her turn to receive her blessings. Days passed, weeks passed, and she sent countless messages to her group chat asking why it was taking so long for her payout? Was anyone else getting paid? She was always met with the same response. ” The money is coming, everyone has to wait their turn.” By this time, two months had passed, and her ‘winnings’ from previous ‘blessings’ were already gone. “Count this one as a loss, sis” her friend advised. This statement came much to Tenesha’s surprise because she had been so sure the plan was all fail-safe. “Why didn’t you tell me this sh#t wasn’t sucker proof? I need my $500 back!” By this time, the group had grown stagnant, and most members were either leaving the whatsapp group or had stopped responding altogether.

Tenesha made a formal complaint to the NYC police department in the hopes of getting back the $625 she had invested. However, her case was difficult to bring to a close and she basically got no where. Although these schemes are illegal in NYC, it is difficult to prove that the funds are taken/stolen rather than ‘gifted.’

More on how the loom works

CBS 19 provided these tips on how to avoid social media scams:

  • Stay alert to pyramid schemes. Pyramid schemes promise quick profits for recruiting others. Scammers prey on the desire to make a lot of money with very little effort. But remember, pyramid schemes are illegal in the United States and Canada.
  • Be skeptical: Before you accept any offer on social media, do your research. Just because something appears to be fun and was shared by a friend, doesn’t mean there isn’t an inherent risk. Many of these offers include extravagent promises that aren’t kept.
  • Monitor Friend Requests. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Also be wary of a second friend request from someone you are already connected with; the second profile may be an imposter trying to access your data and your friends list.
  • Ask questions and research the offer before joining any business venture. What appears to be a legitimate investment could still be a pyramid scheme. Check business ratings and reviews on BBB.org and other search engines before agreeing to work with or invest in any company or individual.

According to the office of the NY Attorney General, people invest in pyramid schemes for various reasons. These include:

Those who participate out of greed;

Those who are misled into thinking that they are joining an “investment club” or a “gift program”;

And those who believe that the products or services are legitimate.

One Way to actually Build Wealth

The major problem with these schemes is that you’re basically promising something you can’t guarantee. BWM recommends doing your research and joining a proper ‘box hand’ or ‘sou sou’ instead. According to Essence Magazine, A sou-sou (also spelled sou sou, su-su or susu) is an informal rotating savings club, where a group of people get together and contribute an equal amount of money into a fund weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. The total pool, also known as a hand, is then paid to one member of the club on a previously agreed-on schedule. The pool rotates until all members have received their share.- Sounds Legit.

Related: More on sou-sous

There are actually sou-sou apps. See more here or explore them on Google Play.

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5 Ways Will and Jada are building Black Generational Wealth

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JULY 13, 2020

Jada and Will took their issues to the Red Table last week and we were all here for it! The personal entanglements of these Hollywood stars are now no secret. The internet went crazy with funny memes and opinions from all angles. Some were judgmental of Jada and were not afraid to voice their opinion that her actions were somewhat ‘predatory’ toward August, who is 21 years her younger, and plagued with a troubled past riddled with addiction and abuse. In all of this Will has maintained his composure, although it has been confirmed that he’s had many insecurities regarding his wife since her ‘friendship’ with legendary rap artist, Tupac Shakur.

So what do we do with all this information? It was given to us, freely, even though we didn’t ask for it. But in situations such as this, and like any other situation in Hollywood, we encourage our fans to find the lesson. Their contributions to the black community as a whole may be overshadowed right now, because of the relationship ‘drama’, but let’s not forget that Will and Jada have built a dynamic black family that is capable of handing down generational wealth. How?

By Marrying Black

Many would disagree with the notion that one has to marry black in order to hand down black generational wealth. But, think about it for a moment. Generational wealth comes from Families. If we have no families, there is no generational wealth to be passed on. To create black children, black families must exist. Will and Jada have produced a beautiful black family of five. The two children of their marriage, Jaden and Willow were born in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Black love was a vital component in this scenario, and Will and Jada do Love each other, no matter what it may look like to an outsider.

By Investing in their children’s education

Will and Jada began homeschooling their two children, Willow and Jaden, back in 2001. Pinkett Smith told Essence in 2005 that they made this decision due to their extensive travel schedule, and their dissatisfaction with the US Schooling system. “The school system in this country – public and private – is designed for the industrial age,” she said in an excerpt shared by People. “We’re in a technological age. We don’t want our kids to memorize. We want them to learn.” It’s obvious that it worked. Their non-traditional teaching methods allowed their children’s creative abilities to flourish.

By supporting their children

Will has been quite vocal over the years, expressing the productive ways in which himself and Jada, raise their children. They don’t ‘punish’ them, having decided that their children should be accorded responsibility from a young age. Their children are encouraged to be creative and honest about their personal style and not to resort to the ‘norms of society.’ They don’t give their children fashion advice either. Allowing them to be themselves in every way possible has fostered their children’s creative abilities. It’s obvious that their parenting techniques have brought some very creative youth into our lives. Jaden is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor, Willow is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and dancer. Trey (Willard Caroll Smith) , Will’s eldest son from a previous marriage, who appeared in the music video for Will Smith’s 1998 single “Just The Two of Us”, has followed his father’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the music industry.

By Investing in business

Family owned businesses have always had great potential for success. More than 30% of family businesses are passed down to the second generation. In many cases the second generation ends up making technological improvements because of modernized resources being readily available. Both Will and Jada have built wealth on their own from acting/music industry. However, their entrepreneurial and investing efforts as husband and wife are noteworthy.

  • In 2019, Will and Jada launched Westbrook, a cross-platform multimedia company that will be home to the Smith family’s original content.
  • In 2015, Will Smith and his son, Jaden, became co-founders of an eco-friendly water startup, Just Water.
  • In 2019, Will attended a TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, and invested approximately US $10,000 in Socionado, the winner of the pitch contest. Socionado specializes in content for employer branding.
  • Will is co-founder of Dreamers VC, a venture capital fund that connects Japanese corporate investors with US startups.
  • In 2013, Jada invested in Tech Startup, Bipper, an Anti-Human trafficking app that is set to fight Human Trafficking worldwide.
  • In 2018, Jada launched Red-Table talk, a Facebook watch forum dedicated to discussing a variety of perspectives. A month after its launch, it was reported that Facebook ordered another 13 episodes of the series.

By Investing in Real Estate

Their luxury property collection began in 1998, a year after their marriage, when they acquired an 8000 sq ft property in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, worth $937,500. It didn’t stop there, as they went on to add a luxury five bedroom, 6 bathroom estate to their collection. Located in the exclusive Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, this mansion is now home to their son, Jaden Smith. They also acquired several properties on the tropical island of Hawaii. Their first was acquired in 2009. It is a lavish ocean front property spread across 7 acres. They made a tidy profit on the deal, fetching $20 Million when it went up for sale in 2011. That is, $6.5 million more than they paid for it. Will owns a $2.5 Million Dollar, custom RV, he nicknamed “The Heat.” The lavish two-storey motor home was used while filming Men in black III, Ali, and The pursuit of Happyness. Nothing beats a family home, and Will and Jada ensured that among all their real estate pursuits, they will always have a place to have everyone over for Thanksgiving dinner. Their sprawling $42 Million Dollar estate, nestled in the LA county neighborhood of Calabasas, features its own zipcode, 25,000 sq. ft. of living space, nine bedrooms, a home theater, an eight-car garage, and luxe swimming pool and private recording studio. How’s that for luxury!

Like every other relationship on this planet, Will’s and Jada’s isn’t perfect, but their communication as a married couple, and their work ethic are point. They know exactly what they want, and they have made steps to ensure that they have built a strong black family that will, if nothing else, ensure that wealth is handed down throughout their bloodlines.

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Black owned skin care line works wonders on black skin!

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JULY 06, 2020

A black-owned skin care line, Kannies Kosmetics, was created for black skin. It includes Natural ingredients, including a family turmeric recipe to remove dark spots and uneven patches on the skin.

Their products are as low as $5 per jar for a limited time, and shipping is available worldwide. If you have uneven skin, please check out the Turmeric & oat facial cleanser face mask. This mask is super charged with antioxidant – rich with properties to maintain clear, youthful, radiant skin. Also reduces the appearance of acne scars, balances out oily skin and evens skin tone. It is formulated to work wonders!

AMAZING

Kayla on Jun 05, 2020

I got this mask about 4 months ago and when I say AMAZING! Lighten acne scars helps my dark circles my second time buying. Forever customer now and forever!

Actual customer review

The skin care line also features:

  • Organic body oils, which are carefully blended and nutritious and healthy for skin absorption, while leaving your skin hydrated and moisturized.
  • Eczema Relief products which help to hydrate your skin deeply and also help with inflammation and flakiness,leaving your skin smooth and healthy.
  • Body Butters and washes with luxurious natural ingredients such as Turmeric essential oil, Shea butter , Coconut oil , orange essential oil, cocoa butter and more, that hydrate, nourish and moisturize the skin. 

According to Medical News today, Everyone’s skin is different and can benefit from a tailored care routine. Black skin contains more melanin than lighter skin. Melanin-producing cells may be more susceptible to the effects of inflammation and injury, which may be more noticeable in dark skin than in light skin.

Adapting the right skin care routine can make all the difference when it comes to healthy, supple skin, and this skin care line appears to include all the right ingredients, so order up and remember to leave your positive review!

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Google’s program for Black Founders to launch August 2020

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JUNE 29, 2020

If you are an entrepreneur, you are most likely constantly seeking resources to aid not only in education, but also tools to help you maximize your profits. In 2011, Google launched Google for Startups (formerly known as Google for Entrepreneurs). It consists of over 50 co-working spaces and accelerators in 125 countries, offering hands-on lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs.

In August 2020, a new program will be launched. Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders is a 3 month-long digital accelerator program for high potential seed to series A Tech Startups based in the US.

The program is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and tech to Black Founder communities across the USA. In addition to mentorship and tech support, the program will include deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders.

You need to get on this train now, as the program starts in August 2020. The first series of this program will comprise approximately 10-12 top US headquartered startups.

The format of the program will be as follows:

Three months with digital workshops, programming, and mentor ship taking place each week. Selected founders will outline the top tech challenges facing their startups, and will then be paired with experts to help solve these challenges. Startups will also receive deep mentor ship on technical challenges with an emphasis on data and machine learning, as well as connections to relevant teams across Google.

Who should apply?

Selected startups should have a minimum of 10+ employees, and both the founder and selected team members must be available to join all program elements of their series. All Startups should aim to leverage AI/ML tech in their product, service or operations and/or show interest in leveraging these in the future.

What are the benefits?

The program offers a wealth of benefits, to include

  • Equity -Free Support
  • Exclusive Invitations to Tech Boot camps hosted by Google
  • Personalized mentor ship & Tech support from Google experts
  • The opportunity to provide feedback to Google product teams
Here are some more of Google’s tools for Entrepreneurs you can check out:
  • The Accelerate with Google Academy is a 12-week program designed to help businesses like yours start marketing online, and then be great at it! As a participant, you’ll get all the tools and training you need to advertise on the web, including live help and private consultations with dedicated experts. The program is customized, so by the end of it, you’ll be ready to start meeting your businesses unique goals and making the most of the web.
  • The Google for Entrepreneurs platform consists of well managed tools and resources to help jump start your business.

Wherever your startup is, from concept to scaleup, Google for Startups can help move your business forward.

What do you need to get done?

Here are some useful tools that Google for Entrepreneurs can provide:

  • Get support and build and run killer apps and sites
  • Better understand your customers by getting focused insights and analytics
  • Get great hosting and storage
  • Increase the productivity of your team
  • Learn how to market your product wisely
  • Monetize your product by creating various revenue streams

Making use of the knowledge and resources available will put you ahead of the competition. There can be no progress without education. Start Today.

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Black businesses will not survive without the support of black people.

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JUNE 10, 2020

Why buy black? It is a fact that the race that does not support it’s own, will be controlled by those who do. Buying from black businesses in your community not only supports a dream, it will also raise the economic power of the people. Black owned businesses and black consumers are a necessary alliance. In 2015, black people represented over 1.1 trillion dollars in spending power. This spending power was mostly exercised in markets outside of the black community. If this spending power was used within our own communities, can you imagine what that would mean?

Why do we support others instead of our own?

Let’s think deeper on this. Wide spread psychological programming has powers that many refuse to accept. According to Established Author, Michael Rice, “Psycho social conditioning including the Willie Lynch effect, racism and post traumatic slave syndrome contribute strongly to the black condition. To ensure compliant and submissive slaves, The Willie Lynch syndrome was instituted which was a brainwashing process that resulted in mental control of the behaviors of captive slaves.” Think about it for a minute. There were more slaves on those plantations than there were slave masters. The only way to ensure control was to implement a system in which we devalued ourselves in favor of others. Of course, this did not work on everyone, especially the mentally strong, but the masses were left virtually defenseless as their minds were held captive most times in bodies that could’ve easily escaped to freedom. The challenge therefore, is for us to start seeing ourselves as worthy.

According to Cashmere Nicole Carillo, Founder of Beauty Bakery in San Diego, “Now is a time for everyone to create change and a lasting legacy.”

What can we benefit?

There is no blueprint for change, but we can show you why making changes in the way we spend can benefit us tremendously:

  1. Lower unemployment in our communities
  2. Enrichment of our own communities
  3. Greater Control of our own communities
  4. Creating a legacy for our bloodlines
  5. Closing the racial wealth gap

How can we fix it?

Let’s start with the business owner. It is time to take your business seriously. There is no blueprint for success, but your perseverance in business matters. If you don’t take the time to research what you’re selling and understand your market, your business is likely to fail. Take the time to learn the importance of a good customer- client relationship and remember that the well – known phrase, ‘the customer is always right’, does not mean that the customer cannot be wrong; it highlights the fact that the customer is ‘king’. Without a customer base, you will have zero profits. Read that again!

There are no friends in business. Establish your professionalism and ensure that your friends understand this before you even start selling to them. Your reputation will be your legacy. Do not sell inferior products or products that you don’t believe in yourself. Marketing is paramount! If you don’t have a marketing team yourself, research affiliate programs that can benefit your business, or take the time to get in depth knowledge of marketing so you can be your own team. Finally, did I say that your perseverance in business matters? Don’t give up!

It’s up to us!

Want to buy black? Yes you do! Research black owned businesses in your community. If you need a particular product, find out if there are any black owned businesses that you can buy it from. This is not a quick fix, but we can do this over time. Every time you feel the urge to buy something, ask yourself.. in what possible way can this purchase benefit my community and the generations after me?

Here are 10 black owned business sites you can review:

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