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Why You Can't Let People Count You Out

12 Jul Why You Can’t Let People Count You Out

In the last two NBA seasons, I’ve watched with the rest of the world as Stephen Curry has staked his claim as one of the world’s best basketball players. The two-time MVP wasn’t always the popular choice or the Bay Area’s hero. As a matter of fact, there were people who never expected or anticipated that the three-time NBA All Star point guard would be the league’s most popular player. Many people dismissed him and counted him out early in his basketball career, but with tenacity, perseverance and resiliency the Golden State Warrior star proved all of his naysayers wrong.  Steph is a great example of why you can’t let people count you out.

5 Questions to Ask When Building Your Squad

23 Jun 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Building Your Squad

“You can’t do epic [ish] with basic people.” – Unknown

 

The company you keep is essential to your personal growth, your reputation and your health. This has proven true for actress, Amandla Stenberg who was asked about her squad in a Teen Vogue interview by Solange. The actress and some call her a social activist has been vocal about many issues including cultural appropriation, racism, sexuality and even coming to terms with her own Blackness. What makes it even more interesting is the tribe of girls that she calls friends because each one of them run to their own beat of their drums. They are unique, they are vocal and very unapologetic. Her squad includes Kiernan Shipka, Willow Smith, Tavi Gevinson and Lorde. She shared with Solange that her friends are people that she can vibe, she can bounce ideas off of them, receive honest feedback from them and draw creative inspiration from them.

8 Things President Obama's Howard University Commencement Speech Reminded Me of My Postgraduate Journey

14 May 8 Things President Obama’s Howard University Commencement Speech Reminded Me of My Postgraduate Journey

November 4, 2008 would be a day I will never forget. I wrote about it in my first blog (pre-BrittneyOliver.com) on my experience during Election Day 2008. I was a college student attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. and that day was filled with glory when our nation’s first black president was elected. Eight years later, President Barack Obama delivered one of his last commencement speeches at my alma mater and that feeling I had on Election Day came back to me.

6 Things We Can Learn From Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment Squad

29 Apr 6 Things We Can Learn From Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment Squad

As much as I respect Beyonce’s talent, what brings the fan girl out of me is her team. Beyonce has put together a team of people to help bring her thoughts, her lyrics and her stories to life. Her team has crafted some amazing moments in pop culture. Parkwood Entertainment creates experiences for fans to consume her work in very unique ways, just like her latest visual concept/album, Lemonade.

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TIME Writer's Interview with POTUS

18 Apr TIME Writer Shares How it Felt to Interview the First Black President of the U.S.

Imagine being approached by your boss and asked if you could interview the President of the United States.  On February 29, Maya Rhodan walked into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and had the opportunity of a lifetime to interview our nation’s first Black President and the first Black principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.  Can we say #GOALS?

5 Steps to Get Yourself in FORMATION

09 Feb 5 Steps to Get Yourself in FORMATION

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I was at a lost for words when I watched Beyoncé’s latest project FORMATION. I knew this video would be something special, when the star hit us with that thug squat/gangsta lean on the floating police cruiser. Setting the tone for a Post-Katrina visual of her roots, a Southern gothic portrait of mystique and a celebration and mourning of black lives and black culture, this song and visual had messages that the masses needed to see from a superstar like Mrs. Carter.

4 Tips to Slaying Your Fitness Goals

24 Jan 4 Tips to Slaying Your Fitness Goals

How many of us make fitness goals each year? How many of us fall off two to three months in to the New Year? It’s hard to stay motivated when you don’t set up the right plan to reach your fitness goals. I spoke with Simone Berry, a health and fitness expert based out of Los Angeles on the struggle to keep up with our fitness resolutions. She has been dedicated to inspiring others to transform their lives through fitness. She shares some tips for setting obtainable fitness goals and ways to stay motivated:

LinkedIn Convos

09 Dec LinkedIn Convos: Informational Interview

Since sharing my story of my journey of going on over 100 interviews before finding employment, many people have reached out to me for further exploration on some of the topics that I mentioned in the article. I’m going to start posting some of my tips for some of the questions that I receive from others in a series called LinkedIn Convos.

 

I mentioned in my article that people should secure informational interviews to help see if they are a good fit for a company. I received the following question from a reader:

4 Things I Learned from Shanice Williams Journey to The Wiz!

07 Dec 4 Things to Learn from Shanice Williams’ Journey to Dorothy

On Thursday, December 3, I was one of the 11.5 million viewers who watched The Wiz Live! on NBC. Just like those viewers, I watched in awe as a star-studded cast took on the task of revitalizing the 1975 play. What was also amazing about this night was that a major television network showcased this wonderful production featuring an all-black cast that was directed by a Clark Atlanta alum, Kenny Leon. What I found to be most impressive was watching Shanice Williams reprise the role as Dorothy which was her first acting job EVER.