Poverty

Poverty leads to more poverty. Poverty also leads to bad behavior, poor decisions, hate and jealousy towards others, and mental illness. Most people who endure poverty during childhood, grow up with mental issues that need years of therapy and recovery. On the contrary, just because you grow up with money or end up with it, doesn’t mean you won’t experience these things. One of the most depressing every day norms, is social media. Instagram is one of the top leading causes of depression and suicide in teens and young adults. Shout out to those who worked hard and stayed dedicated to achieve their goals while struggling financially. If you have a “nothing to something story,” be proud of the struggle. If you are going through the struggle now, remember the only thing that keeps someone stagnant is 1) Not realizing they are stagnant, 2) Realizing they are and doing nothing about it. 3) Too comfortable being in their position, 4) Giving up as soon as they realize how hard it is to get out. Don’t let those things stop you from being who you can and want to be. Change your mindset, change your life. – MJ #mentality #makeachange #doyou

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Female Billionaires

Of the 2,043 people who made it to the 2018 FORBES list of the World’s Billionaires, 11 of them are black. Three of them are black women. Only one of them is a self-made billionaire.

1) Isabel Dos Santos, $2.6 billion

Angolan, Investments

Africa’s richest woman has had better days: Her father was President and she was Chairperson of Sonangol, the state-owned oil company. In November last year, Angola’s new President João Lourenço removed her from the role. Angolan authorities are now probing her tenure as chief of the oil giant and alleging financial impropriety. She denies the allegations. Isabel dos Santos owns a lucrative stake in Unitel, the country’s largest mobile phone network, and a stake in Banco BIC. Outside Angola, she owns nearly 6% of oil and gas firm Galp Energia (alongside Portuguese billionaire Americo Amorim), and nearly 19% of Banco BPI, the country’s fourth-largest bank. She is also a controlling shareholder of Portuguese cable TV and telecom firm Nos SGPS (formerly called Zon).

2) Folorunsho Alakija, $1.7 billion

Nigerian, Oil

Nigeria’s richest woman is vice chair of Famfa Oil, a Nigerian oil exploration company than owns a stake in Agbami oil field, a prolific offshore asset. Alakija started off as a secretary in a Nigerian merchant bank in the 1970s, then quit her job to study fashion design in England. Upon her return, she founded a Nigerian fashion label that catered to upscale clientele, including Maryam Babangida, wife to Nigeria’s former military president Ibrahim Babangida.

3) Oprah Winfrey, $2.7 billion

American, Television

Oprah is no longer the richest African American. The former queen of daytime TV will begin work as a special contributor on 60 Minutes in the fall of 2017. Her once struggling cable channel, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) is now cash flow positive and is enjoying soaring ratings on the back of a series of successful sitcom and drama collaborations. She owns a 10% stake in Weight Watchers and acts as a brand ambassador. @businessinfluencermj

Do What You Love

The best thing about doing what you love is waking up happy. As CEO of Direct Consultants, I’ve had my share of ups and downs, because that is part of having a thriving career, but I never lose my happiness in the mist of running my own company. Success begins with a goal and the rest is taking risks, even when you are not sure where it may lead. To do so, caring less about what others think is the number one way. There comes a time in your life when you have to live life passing by all that distract you, only staying focused on what you want for you. That is called happiness. Never forget to live your life. Be YOU! Give more; care less. ~ MJ #melaninpoppin #melanin #beautifulwomen #

Myeka’s Book Club

Good news everyone. Myeka’s Book Club will officially be a live book club beginning January 2018. Once a month book lovers from Charlotte and surrounding areas will meet and discuss the book of the month. This will be a great opportunity to network, not only your love for books, but your business, ideas, and brand. Sheena Pickett is our newest member to the group and will help conduct the live portion of the book club. Don’t live in Charlotte? No worries. We will go live via Facebook so you can join us. We will also provide updates so you will always know what is going on. Things to look forward to:
1) The name of the group will change.
2) The location will change monthly.
3) The email for the group will change.
4) We will provide the 2018 book list this month.
5) We have an instagram page: @satiresunday_bookclub.
7) The logo for the group will change.

For questions about the group, send us a quick message. Thanks everyone.

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Forbes 30 under 30

OMG! After 10 years of hard work as an Entrepreneur, military service, two degrees, and a successful modeling career, I’ve been nominated for Forbes 30 under 30. This has to be the greatest day of my life. Whether I win or not, I am super stoked right now. I’ve worked so hard and now it is paying off in a big way. Thank you to those who support me and my work. 🙌 Follow me: Myeka Johnson

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Author, Children’s Pastor Eric Stender

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Author

Children’s Pastor

Eric Stender is an author and children’s pastor in Huntington, Indiana. I first met Eric when I was asked to do a book review on his first book The Samaritan Perspective. After reading Eric’s first book, I admired the concept he uses as a writer when telling the story of individuals who suffered through betrayal, false accusations, and much more. Eric has always given you an aha moment when he begins telling a story because he puts all his passion into it.

He began writing to deal with peer pressure and other emotions we all dealt with as a teenager. He mentioned that it all started with a green spiral notebook. Most of his writing revolved around life and love. During his senior year in high school he was often teased for being romantic and deep in his writing, but he kept at it. From there, his writing was based on a free thought and each time, the results were inspirational and admired by those around him.  In a college composition class, Eric would present his stories in class, most people in his class would stay to hear what he had written and Eric mentioned how that was really encouraging.

All though he never finished his original book, he took his talent and began to inspire youth through story as a Children’s pastor. His goal is to make the bible fun for them by teaching them how to become the story by acting out different stories of the bible. When teaching the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den, he told the story from the perspective of the lion, which is an interesting twist to storytelling. From that experience, Eric decided to use that same concept and begin writing books.

When someone is put into a situation where they are betrayed by those they love or a false accusation is put out there about them, it is not an easy situation to deal with. In Eric’s second book, “The Joseph’s Perspective,” he talks about the betrayal of Joseph’s brother’s and how jealousy pushed them to sell him as a slave. Little did they know, he would end up at the top, 2nd only to the Pharaoh/King. Like Joseph, many people go through hard times and during those times, they don’t feel they are able to persevere through to their purpose. It’s takes strength to be humble enough to go through something and stay positive that it will work out for the good.

I admire Eric’s work as writer. He proves through writing his stories that not all is lost even though most is given. Eric is currently working on a third book and he and his wife just opened their first business called Covered in Hope, which is a baby and children’s clothing store. To learn more about Eric, click on links below.

Follow his Author page on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/authorericstender/.

Check out his website @ http://ericstender.wixsite.com/author.

Check out Eric and his wife’s new business https://www.facebook.com/coveredinhopeboutique/?pnref=lhc