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Morning Inspiration: Songs To Motivate You On Your Way To Work

April 8th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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 Songs To Motivate You

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It’s that time of morning again. You’ve suddenly plunged into overthinking and worrying about your next moves in life and you need something to pick up your mood and motivate you. Music is the perfect thing to do just that! Check out our mix of different songs that will both inspire and motivate you in the morning.  What’s already on your playlist?

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3 Ways To Wear: Luxe Leather, Nighttime Edition

February 18th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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As we told you earlier, leather is having a major moment. Season after season, the fabric can be found in designer collections, adorning celebrities, and scattered throughout retail stores. Everyone needs leather items in their wardrobe that emit sex appeal, modern edge, and chill vibes.

Click on to view three leather-focused outfits, styled using the items above, for an evening out on the town.

3 Ways To Wear: Luxe Leather, Daytime Edition

February 18th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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Welcome to 3 Ways To Wear, a new series where each week, we’re putting together affordable looks that will hopefully inspire you to embrace a new trend. With three looks appropriate for day and three looks appropriate for night, we’re hoping everyone finds an outfit that speaks to them. First up this week: Leather!

leather clothing

Despite the explosion of leather-clad items on the scene, it’s still a tricky textile to master. Conquering the leather look during the day proves to be an even riskier business. Fret not! We’ve put together three looks to illustrate that leather can be worn with style and grace in the a.m.

View the following pages for inspiration on how to style the leather dress, coat, and pant above.

MN Business Tip Of The Day: An Inspired Search For Inspiration

November 20th, 2013 - By Michelle Alerte
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As you go through each day, it’s often necessary to pull from a well of inspiration, leading to inspired project decisions, inspired working relationships, and inspired forward movement. While you’re at work, you’re also working to avoid feeling stuck and lethargic.

Try these three things to help get your business juices flowing:

Brainstorm- Writing down all your thoughts about a project or problem can help you get past self-censorship so you can get an honest look at your ideas and options respectively.

Thought- provoking questions- Asking yourself thought-provoking, challenging, and even downright silly questions can help when you are attempting to think outside of the box and to get yourself looking at a problem in a new and unique way.

Do something new- Yes you have to go into the same office, to the same desk, with the same people everyday of the week, but there are still ways to do something new. Try eating in different places (whether other delis and cafés or different locations at your job) or even working in different locations around your office. Exposing yourself to new spaces stimulates your mind to think in different ways and for you to see the world differently as well. Another “something new” could be speaking to people you don’t usually converse with. New people bring new perspectives and open the door for new experiences.

Terrence J Says He Nearly Went Bankrupt While Working At BET

October 2nd, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Think Like A Man Too actor Terrence J recently stopped by Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club to promote the release of his new book, The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom and his latest film, Baggage Claim. The 31-year-old New York native also opened up about overcoming major financial struggles and his split from former Victoria’s Secret Angel Selita EBanks. Peep some interesting highlight from his interview below.

On almost going bankrupt:

“There was a time when I was at 106 where I almost went bankrupt trying to keep up with other people. You know, you got all of these rappers coming on the show, you gotta keep up with them. You get your first AMEX, you blow through that money. There was a point where I lost everything. Then I get got diagnosed with vitiligo. I was scared about my health and everything. My skin started breaking out and I was just depressed.”

On his work ethic compared to former BET and 106 hosts:

“Giving 99% is the same as giving 0%. If you gon’ give 99%, you may as well stay home. I’m always like 110% in everything I do. You see the things that people do. I’ve seen the paths and I always wanted to excel. I knew I always wanted to do film. I never wanted to feel like I couldn’t pay my rent. When I first started at BET, I did not know how I was going to pay my college tuition. I was sleeping on the couch. I never wanted to feel broke. That’s why I hustle all of these jobs. It’s out of like, desperation. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night like, ‘Oh! Someone else is working and I’m not! Let me get back to the grind.’

On his split from Selita Ebanks:

“I think Selita is amazing. Sometimes things just don’t work. She’s a very busy woman. I work as well. I just think she’s amazing and I wish her the best.”

On being a bad host during his early years at BET:

“I didn’t think I was gon’ make it. I didn’t think was gon’ last. I’m just glad they stuck with me. I know for the first 2, 3 years I was terrible. So I’m just happy the network stayed with me. Things at E! are going really well.”

It’s inspiring to see that Terrence was able to roll with the punches and continued to chase his dreams, even while when he was faced with adversity.

Watch his full interview on the next page.

9 Exercises That Will Boost Your Creativity

April 16th, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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Creativity can’t be taught. But we’ve all got it in us. Even the most left-brained individuals have an artist inside of them waiting to be set free. All you need to do is create circumstances that allow your creative expression to flow out. If you think your creative muscle is in need of some flexing, here are some exercises to get you started.

For a more in-depth experience, check out The Artist’s Way. In addition to inspiring the creative exercises listed here, the book provides a 12-week program to tap into higher creativity.

Rachel Roy Launches Digital Magazine, The Life

April 5th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Fashion designer and Project Runway guest judge Rachel Roy has launched a new digital content portal, The Life, whose mission is to inspire women to live the life they’ve always wanted. Located on her website, the site also has its own hashtag, #RRTheLife.

The press release outlines the layout of the site, which includes five sections: Learn, Style, Giveback, RR/TV, and About, that covers everything from philanthropy to travel, food, and, of course, fashion.

In addition to the text content, there are a series of videos that feature interviews with women that Roy takes inspiration from, including FEED projects founder Lauren Bush Lauren and jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche. Check out the clip below for a sample of the first season.

Will you become a subscriber?

14 Mantras To Repeat When You Don’t Feel Like Working Out

April 2nd, 2013 - By Julia Austin
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Since you probably already have dozens of excuses ready to go as for why you shouldn’t exercise — and because sitting on your butt just feels so good —you need to prepare mantras, ahead of time, to repeat at those moments when you don’t feel like moving at all and eating a tub of ice cream! Here are a few thoughts to get you started — and motvated.

Chasing A Dream? Know The Importance Of Persevering

March 30th, 2013 - By Kendra Koger
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Dear Readers,

Have you ever had a moment when after days/months/years of fearing the outcome you finally decided to do it.  You’ve had a passion and a desire for something and you decided to use your gift/talent.  So you work really hard on your first project, and you just KNOW that once you get your work out there the calls are going to come.  Success is imminent, and you know that all you have to do is just get yourself out there, be seen.  So, you put in the work, get it out and… nothing.  Not a blankity-blank thing happens, what do you do then?

Well readers, you’re not alone.  The same people whose success you might idolize or admire have also faced and endured setbacks.  The only difference from them and others is that they continued to persevere.

Sometimes in this day and age, we can be so used to that immediate gratification.  If you want information, all you have to do is look it up online and you get it immediately.  Want your favorite artist’s new single?  Just download it.  You want to contact your friends?  All you need to do is call, text, email; the days of snail mail for your primary communication are gone now.  This can sometimes make us a little spoiled when trying to accomplish our dreams.  You get so used to immediately getting your desired affect that if you face a failure sometimes you’ll want to just go on to something else or something easier.

Now we all know that success (for the most part) isn’t over night, and it’s like working out.  There are times when I’m working out at the gym or doing a work out DVD that right after I get finished, it’s as if I’m expecting this immediate result of a brand new body.  Anyone who’s been to a gym can see those few people who after using a machine gingerly walks to one of the dozens of mirrors that is plastered on the wall and look slightly disappointed that the results aren’t as noticeable as they would have hoped for.

Common sense lets us know that success doesn’t come easy, and with working out you only see positive results after continuing with it.  Even when it gets hard, or disheartening.  When you get on the scale and there’s not a change, it doesn’t mean that you should stop working out, because you could be losing inches instead.  The same thing goes for trying to gain success in your desired field.  Your first time going for it might not give you success.  You might have a few doors slammed in your face.  However, you shouldn’t let it deter you from continuing. Use that failure as a way to strengthen yourself and your talent.  Find out what you did wrong and try to correct it, and then try again.

It might be a long time before you get your desired result, but when you get it, you’ll be happy that you kept at it.  If following your dreams is something that will bring you happiness, don’t you owe it to yourself?

Kendra Koger is persevering, and you should too!  Also, persevere on over to her twitter @kkoger.

I Never Dreamt Of Singing Professionally: Yolanda Adams Talks Her Dreams With MadameNoire

March 11th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Photo: Gregg Newton

If you’re a gospel fan, chances are Yolanda Adams’ music has inspired you over the years. Well, this weekend Adams used her music and her story to inspire the 100 high school students at Disney Dreamers Academy this weekend. MadameNoire had the chance to speak to Yolanda about how she started singing professionally, though she never had an interest in doing so. She also talked about how the high school students ended up inspiring her as well.

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