Posts in Entrepreneurship
Beyoncé Put on a Clinic for Content Creators Today: 3 Lessons from #BeyonceHomecoming and #Beychella

As many of us were minding our own business in the wee hours of Wednesday, April 17, Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was preparing to come for all of our necks, edges, and lives with the release both a 137-minute documentary and concert film, titled Homecoming, AND a live album featuring songs from the concert, aptly titled Homecoming: The Live Album. As I was watching all of this transpire, it made me think a lot about content creation and how masterfully Beyoncé was using and re-using hers. HIt the link for three lessons I see for content creators from Professor Knowles-Carter.

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Business Advice From Janice Bryant Howroyd

One bio I've been amazed by for years is that of Janice Bryant Howroyd. If you've never heard of her, you should Google that name. Mrs. Howroyd serves in many capacities, including as an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. Born in a small, segregated North Carolina town called Tarboro, she rose to become the first African-American woman to build a $1 billion business.

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AKA's "Skee Wee" Sound is Now a Registered Trademark

Scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning, I learned that the "skee wee" sound, a high pitched squeal used by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) to promote its organization and as a greeting among its members, became a registered trademark this week. The sorority has been using the "skee wee" sound since 1941, and the registration covers its "association services, namely promoting the interest of the sorority and its members. How did AKA do this, and how can you?

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#PopCultureClass: What Businesses and Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve Performance

Like many people, I was up watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve just before midnight going into 2017. Also like many people, I rode a wave of hilarious emotions watching Mariah Carey's performance. It was obvious that her earpieces stopped working or something, and it seemed that she basically gave up trying to give anything remotely close to a full performance. As I was watching, I started thinking that a lot of entrepreneurs could learn from this moment.

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The Art of the Hustle, c/o Kim Kimble

The internet shared with me that Kim Kardashian paid celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble $2500 to teach her how to braid her daughter's hair in a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The entrepreneur in me rejoiced, because this is exactly the kind of thing I've been working with my clients on recently. Entrepreneurs, there's nothing wrong with knowing your value. As Kim Kimble has shown, there's also nothing wrong with charging for it.

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