Catch This Word: Elizabeth Gilbert on Being Yourself

I know some people don’t really go up for Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. It is a privileged and indulgence perspective, but that book was an integral part of my journey. I started reading the night after I finished the Bar exam. At that point, I was well aware that I had no interest in practicing law. In fact, I had known for over a year at that point. But I’d already spent the time in law school so I took the Bar exam as the period to end of a very long, convoluted run on sentence. As much relief as I felt that the exam was over, I found myself on the bathroom floor weeping after the test. I had no idea what I was doing with my life, no idea where I was headed. So I grabbed the book. It opened up with Liz on the bathroom floor sobbing, staring down the end of […]

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Catch This Word: Necole Kane on Transitions

Perhaps my absolute favorite podcast comes from Necole Kane of xoNecole. She appeared on a number of outlets after shuttering Necole Bitchie. In this Bevy Says interview, she talks about the full life cycle of her brand and all the transitions therein. She spoke about how she outgrew her “Bitchie” persona and planned to transition into a more positive, uplifting path, now known as xoNecole. They whole interview was amazing. Check it out here.

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Catch This Word: Just Blaze on Diversification

Admittedly I don’t listen to Rap Radar with much regularity, as many of the artists just don’t appeal to me. But every now and then, a guest catches my eye. As was the case with Just Blaze. I’m a huge Jay-Z fan so I thought if nothing more this would be a sideline glimpse into one of my favs. Well the interview was excellent and surprising filled with hella business gems. When talking about his semi retirement, Just Blaze really went into the whys. As he explained music is a fickle business and you can be in one day and out the next. So he stepped away from hip hop to score video games and movie soundtracks, a move that has worked out for fellow super producers Pharrell (Despicable Me)  and Timbaland (Empire). He also mentions that he learned early how to invest well. And now he’s able to dip […]

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Catch This Word: Vanessa Williams on Self Worth

I LOVE podcasts. They help me pass very long days. Of course I listen to some business podcasts (The Accidental Creative is my fav), but largely I listen to light hearted or black culture podcasts to get me through. Every now and then, my worlds collide and I get business advice from my favorite entertainment podcasts. “Catch This Word” will highlight inspiration in unexpected places. First up, Vanessa Williams on Bevy Says. I absolutely love Bevy Says as Bevy lays it all on the line. So while I’m not surprised that I found inspiration on the podcast, I didn’t see this particular message coming from Vanessa Williams. My favorite quotes: Re: Being fired from Melrose’s place: “I realized if I allowed whether I was working or not to be the testament to my value as an artist I was going to be in big trouble.” I MEEEEEAN!!! This resonated with me […]

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