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Why You Can’t Afford Not To Take That Midmorning Break

November 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Why You Can't Afford To Not Take That Midmorning Break


If you’re anything like me, it’s likely that once you walk into the office in the mornings, you go into power mode trying to complete as much work as possible before the clock strikes 12. Seems like a pretty logical approach, right? However, according to new research from Baylor University, you should be taking a break before lunchtime—for productivity’s sake.

According to Men’s Health, the study revealed that the best time to take a break at work is mid-morning, before lunch. Research showed the employees who took a break before lunchtime had a better chance of returning to work more focused, energized and happier than those who chose to take their breaks later in the day. Apparently, midmorning breaks can also be beneficial to your health. Subjects who took time to themselves before noon were less likely to suffer from lower back pain, eye strain, and headaches.

“We think midmorning breaks are more helpful because it’s easier to replenish your energy early in the day when your concentration and motivation is higher than trying to replenish when you feel much more depleted and tired,” said the study’s author Emily Hunter, Ph.D.

Oh, and you shouldn’t use the break time to do anything that resembles work—that includes paying bills, booking appointments or reading your mail because this minimizes the break’s effectiveness. You should be completely selfish, using the time only to do things that you enjoy like checking out Facebook, Twitter or even catching up on the latest gossip news. You know, whatever floats your boat.

What are some of the things that you enjoy doing during break time? What time do you usually take your break?

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Half Of Employers Check Your Credit Report?

November 9th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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So you’ve decided that it’s time to look for a new job. You’ve already updated up your resume and got your references in order, but have you checked your credit report? According to Credit Karma’s Chief Consumer Advocate, Bethy Hardeman, nearly half of employers scope out the credit reports of job candidates before making a hiring decision.

“[Asking for an applicant’s credit report] puts you in a difficult situation,” Hardeman shared, according to Glamour.

According to, reviewing the credit report of a potential new hire has been banned in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. However, if you’re unfortunate enough to live where credit reports are not off limits in these job-hunting streets, know that in the event a potential employer chooses not to hire you based on the report, they’re required to present you with a copy prior to denying you the opportunity, which according to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, affords the applicant the opportunity to correct any errors found in the report. You should also know that employers are required to ask your permission before running the report. Hardeman recommends asking how findings from the report will be used in the hiring process prior to granting permission.

“You should also ask your prospective employer whether the credit check is actually required. Ask how the information will be used in the hiring decision before you agree,” she advised.

Typically, hiring managers scan credit reports in search of red flags that point to criminal, untrustworthy or irresponsible behavior. To know what you’re up against, Hardeman recommends reviewing your credit report before applying for a new job.

“This gives you the chance to make sure your credit report doesn’t have any inaccurate or fraudulent account information,” she said.


K. Michelle Reducing Butt Size To Advance Career

November 3rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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K. Michelle Reducing Butt Size To Advance Career

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Reality star Kimberly “K. Michelle” Pate is planning to have the size of her butt reduced—for career purposes. The outspoken singer made the interesting revelation during an interview with Love B. Scott Apparently, she arrived at the decision after having a heart-to-heart with Tyrese.

“I have like movies and different things [I’m working on], and I was having a real conversation with Tyrese — we’re really like great friends. I was telling him about my butt, how I hate being typecasted because my bottom is so heavy — not saying I don’t love myself, but…you know.”

Pate adds that her behind has become a distraction when it comes to business deals.

“For me, I want my normal shape back,” she explained. “For me, and my career right now, and me doing business — like really being on the frontline in business — I don’t need to have a man looking down at my a– when I’m trying to talk numbers. I don’t need to not be able to get the role. Like, I wanna be in ‘Jurassic Park’! Let me be in ‘Jurassic Park’! I don’t need to not be able to run through Jurassic Park because my ass is too heavy. Before the dinosaurs come to eat me, I need to be able to go!”

As for why she chose to go the butt enhancement route in the first place, Pate’s answer is simple: “I just wanted it. I wanted that shape. That’s the shape that I wanted.”

But now, she’s ready to move on.

“I think the older you get, you get tired of having to hop into your jeans!”


Here Are The Best Occupations For Work-Life Balance

October 27th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Here Are The Best Occupations For Work-Life Balance


Let me know when your whole life goes up in smoke. Means it’s time for a promotion.

This matter-of-fact quote provided by the character Nigel in Twentieth Century Fox’s The Devil Wears Prada is a sad but true reality for many working women. Being considered a model employee is wonderful, but what is your home life looking like? What about your social?

Finding a healthy balance between your career and the rest of your life is crucial to your mental, emotional and even phsyical wellbeaing, but according to Glassdoor, some professions are more conducive to maintaining a healthy balance than others. Find out which gigs the career community and job search site listed as having the best work-life balance potential.

1. Data Scientist
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.2

2. SEO Manager
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1

3. Talent Acquisition Specialist
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0

4. Social Media Manager
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0

5. Substitute Teacher
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9

6. Recruiting Coordinator
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9

7. UX Designer
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9

8. Digital Marketing Manager
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9

9. Marketing Assistant
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

10. Web Developer
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

11. Risk Analyst
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

12. Civil Engineer
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
• Salary: $65,532

13. Client Manager
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

14. Instructional Designer
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

15. Marketing Analyst
• Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8

According to the site, the professions were ranked according the reported satisfaction of employees. The ratings were based on a five-point scale with 1.0 being “very dissatisfied,” 3.0 being “OK,” and 5.0 being “very satisfied.”

Did your profession make the list? How satisfied are you with your current employment situation and what are some of the ways you find balance?

Head over to Glassdoor to check out the check out the full list.

She’s The Boss Season 2, Ep. 4: Charlene Dance, Global Marketing Director At Strength Of Nature

October 26th, 2015 - By jade
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Meet Charlene Dance, Global Marketing Director at Strength of Nature, LLC.
After creating DreamKids, Beautiful Textures and re-launching multiple brands under the Strength of Nature portfolio, Charlene made it a point to support Black women beyond their beauty needs as SON Global's Marketing Director. No stranger to taking risks and epitomizing the ideal of a Black Girl who Rocks,
Find out why, She's The Boss.

Working While Black: How My Conservative, Southern White Coworkers Became My Family

October 8th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Editor’s Note: James Baldwin said to be conscious and Black in America is to be enraged most of the time. And sadly, those words are still true for many of us. In addition to the deeply depressing and unjust news headlines, there are the hostile situations we deal with everyday. For many of us, these incidents happen at work. In a culture where we spend more time working than with our families, these environments, with ignorant and entitled White people, can be everything from tiring to infuriating. In our new series, “Working While Black,” we compile some of those stories and share them with you, as a way to let you know you’re not alone, to offer advice on how to navigate these situations and hopefully to keep you from losing your mind, your temper or your job.

As told to Veronica Wells

After I graduated college, I had no concrete plans. The only thing I knew was that I did not want to return to my hometown. I went to school in North Carolina, and after some convincing from my best friend, I decided to stay there and start working. Having been kicked out of the dorms, I was homeless. I was so determined to stay in the state, I ended up couch hopping. First, with my sociopathic ex boyfriend, an estranged friend when that went sour and lastly with virtual strangers when she up and moved out of the blue.

I found work pretty quickly through a temp agency but, as is often the case with these type of jobs, the pay wasn’t nearly enough. I was making $10 dollars an hour, taking home $200 a week, with a $400 car note.

Not wanting to continue riding this struggle bus, I was applying for about 40 jobs a day, looking for a change. Needless to say, I couldn’t keep track of them all. So when an IT company called, I told them I was available for an interview, not really remembering the position or knowing what to expect.

Luckily, the interview didn’t take much preparation. I walked in a room with two older, Italian men who asked me how I handled stress. They wanted to know if I cracked under pressure and minded people yelling at me. I told them growing up with my mother, I was more than used to it. They got a kick out of that. The interview lasted ten minutes and three hours later, they called to say I had been offered the position.

I remember thinking to myself, ‘Okay, they recognize a real one.’

I would soon find out that no everyone had that same ability.

My particular position required three months of training. Too bad the man who volunteered to do so, Jason, wasn’t trying to help me do sh*t. In fact, he refused to speak to me. I would learn later, much later, that he was paid $500 for basically ignoring me.

I don’t know if his intention was to set me up for failure but his coldness was all the motivation I needed to prove that I could succeed in this position, out of pure spite. And that’s exactly what I did.

The woman who did train me, since Jason couldn’t be bothered, ended up being a lifesaver. I clung to the information she shared with me; and in 3 months time, just as my training was coming to an end and she was being moved to another department, I took over her territory, working on the same team with Jason.

Interestingly enough, the same people who refused to acknowledge me became my closest friends. I didn’t have any family in North Carolina and spending so much time at work, my coworkers inevitably became my social circle, my friends first and then, more than that.

It may seem like an unlikely, even miraculous feat. But it was actually just the way most friendships are formed.

A lot of people ended up quitting because of stress of the job and our team eventually dwindled to four-five people. Shortly after that, the company switched to a new internal computer system and I just so happened to be the person who learned how to operate it first. My team members had to come to me for the answers. And when they did, we all found that we had quite a bit in common, especially our sense of humor. During those late nights, in the midst of the stress, it was comedy that brought us together.

It wasn’t long before we were bonding outside of work too. We went out for drinks. Jason, on a healthy eating kick, started buying me lunch and then calling me, after hours to discuss our childhood, dreams and relationships. I ended up hosting a game night at my home and one coworker even invited me to have Thanksgiving with her family since I couldn’t go home to be with mine.

Still, that didn’t mean that I always felt comfortable there. One of my newfound friends’, Tristen’s, grandfather was a member of the Klu Klux Klan. He came from a small town and as cliché as it sounds, I was his first Black friend. Needless to say, he, out of ignorance more than anything else, made his fair share of offensive comments and even actions.

I don’t know what it is, but White people often feel like they have access to Black bodies. And it wasn’t long before I discovered the truth behind that statement. One day, Tristen, a stereotypical White frat boy, complete with the shenanigans, called me over to his desk to ask for my help. After I answered his question, he took a meter stick and hit me on my butt with it. Not only was he married, not only was his desk close to the executive offices, he was disrespecting me in front of everyone. Thankfully, no one saw it; but if they had, I know he wouldn’t have been held responsible for that. It would have been me, the Black girl having an inappropriate relationship with a married coworker. I didn’t know how to handle the situation at all. Instead of addressing it head on, I ignored Tristen for two months.

In retrospect, I wish I had expressed my feelings. But it just made me too uncomfortable.

Our friendship and working relationship wasn’t perfect but my White coworkers and then friends opened my eyes to some things too. Like Tristen, I hadn’t had White friends, since kindergarten. My White coworker family showed me that there are some things, a lot of things, that cross cultural, like lewd humor, without the inappropriate touching, and me and Tristen’s reference for Ja Rule.

I can’t say that my White friends saw the light after knowing me and hearing me preach against their prejudices. They still occupy a position of privilege in predominately White areas but I do think knowing me and befriending me opened their eyes to a few things. I wasn’t the token Black girl. I wasn’t going to assimilate to make them comfortable. And in their acceptance of the real Black me, we all learned, grew and supported each other.

Karrueche Says Career Suffered Because Of Relationship With Chris Brown

October 7th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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You would be a liar if you said that Karrueche Tran hasn’t made significant strides in her career since dumping Chris Brown. Sure, their relationship is the primary reason we know who she is in the first place, but the 27-year-old actress says that the toxic relationship kept her from excelling beyond a certain point. According to Tran her decision to go back to Brown after being betrayed and disrespected so many times has made some people reluctant to work with her.

“A lot of people think I am a weak individual because of past situations, and when it comes to business sometimes people don’t want to be involved with somebody like that,” Tran explained to BBC Newsbeat. “Which is understandable, but it sucks, because I’m not a weak person.”

Luckily for Tran, things appear to be changing slowly but surely, as she’s now able to show people who she can be apart from Brown.

“I used to date him, and now as I am growing into myself and maturing and getting my career together, I am starting to have my own name without having to be associated,” she said.

The tumultuous relationship with Brown scored the model plenty of fans, but she also attracted a flock of devoted haters who still take advantage of every opportunity to insult her. She insists that she has learned to block them out.

“Negative stuff was being said and being brought up. A lot of people were like ‘she’s only famous because of Chris Brown,’” she recalled. “It’s these people who sit behind their phones and just say mean things, just because.”

Have you ever had a rocky relationship negatively impact your career? When did you come to the realization?

How Do you Turn Social Media Into a Career? “She’s The Boss” Season 2 Episode 1 – Karen Civil, Founder & CEO of Always Civil Enterprises

October 5th, 2015 - By jade
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Meet Karen Civil, Social Media Maven, and Founder of Always Civil Enterprise. After crafting social media campaigns for artists and brands, including Lil' Wayne and Beats by Dre, this entertainment powerhouse leveraged her connections and name to create a strong lifestyle brand that is slowly becoming a household name. Find out why She's The Boss.

Do you have any questions for Karen? Let us know in the comment section below. We will be doing a live Twitterchat with Karen on 10/6 @ 1pm PST/4pm EST.

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Is There Enough Positive Representation Of Black Women In The Media? | She’s The Boss Is Back!

October 2nd, 2015 - By jade
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Yesterday, we posed a serious question on our Facebook page asking, "Do you feel like there is enough positive representation of Black women in the media?" Of course, most of you said no, pointing to the need for more spotlight on the achievements in our community and we want you to know we have a solution. We're bringing back She's the Boss!

She’s the Boss captures the business savvy, style and spirit of America’s most successful Black businesswomen. Created specifically to cater to the unique environment of online television viewing, the series features intimate one-on-one interviews with four of the most influential and inspiring women in the United States. She’s the Boss offers practical advice and inspiration to the largely female demographic among MadameNoire fans. Sponsored by African Pride, this season we will be highlighting amazing entrepreneurs such as Karen Civil, AJ Johnson, Angela Benton, and Charlene Dance.

For the month of October, tune in every Monday at 9am to hear their stories.

Click here to watch the amazing women who were featured in Season 1.

For more of our BOSS movement, don't forget to enter our Be The Boss contest for a chance to be featured in a docu-series as well as win a makeover courtesy of African Pride.

“Be The Boss” Contest Entry: Eboyne’ Jackson

September 24th, 2015 - By jade
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A woman of many talents, Eboyne’ Jackson is a mogul in the making with an arsenal of talent as a brand strategist, lifestyle journalist, and creative visionary. As CEO/brand strategist for her boutique PR firm, Divine Influence PR, Eboyne’ found her niche in the beauty/entertainment industry, and has worked with many viable brands such as Echelon Hair, Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, Victoria Monet, Bethany “Queen B.” Bell, and Rodney Jon, scoring credible media placements for her clients in top outlets such as The REAL, Essence Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Fox, Arise TV, Ebony Magazine, and the Source. From producing shows during New York Fashion Week, to rubbing elbows with some of the industry’s elite such as Beyonce’, Rihanna, Kimora Lee Simmons, Vera Wang, Tracey Reese, Beat Face Honey, and Sam Fine, Eboyne’ Jackson is a woman on the move.

Check out her video entry above and for more info on how you can nominate a woman you know to “Be the Boss” and win a makeover courtesy of African Pride, click here.

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