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E.E. WADE’S “THE RTHYMN/DA BLUES” IS TAKING A BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE

A hometown hero in her own right, Erika E. Wade is making a name for herself through her playwright, The Rhythm/Da Blues. The 26-year-old Birmingham, Ala. struck gold after moving to Los Angeles, Calif. to pursue her dreams of becoming a powerhouse writer. Today, that dream is nothing less than unfolding right before her eyes. From Birmingham to LA, her playwright, The Rhythm/Da Blues, is now headed to New York City!

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TYRONE L. GRIFFIN: FROM CHILD ABANDONMENT TO THRIVING ENTREPRENUER

In an all time high of targeted black male oppression in America, model, entrepreneur, and father; Tyrone L. Griffin is proving stereotypes wrong by defying the odds of his past and making a name for himself through positive business practices. Abandoned in a park of his hometown of  San Francisco, Calif. at the age of five and eventually subject to foster care where his adopted father passed of cancer, the now Houston resident is sharing his story with the world through creative arts abroad. 

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FROM 106 TO #ProjectRehab: MISS MYKIE IS #SoberAF WITH HER NEW EP, REHAB

After graduating from the mecca, Howard University, Miss Mykie soon became our favorite AKA with her “That Pink that Green” mixtape series. It wasn’t by coincidence that when BET hosted The Search for it’s longest running television show in BET history, 106 & Park, the curly mohawk H-town diva transitioned from our favorite AKA to our favorite television personality. But what happened to the star after the end of 106 & Park? Rehab…that’s what happened. Click the link below to get the inside scoop on Mykie’s new EP entitled, REHAB.

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LOVE & BOWTIES: MEET JAY HENDRIX

Who is “Jay” Hendrix?

A young Black male interested in being great. A hard working business, family, and Renaissance man who is looking to ensure his family is setup for the long run. I am very goal-oriented and I love to accomplish goals that most say I’m not able to.

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The Shoe Clinic: Meet Alvin Miller

Who are you?

My name is Alvin Miller; I am a small town guy from Anniston, Alabama. I come from a family of four where I am the only boy, and I grew up in a single-parent home. My whole life I dibbled and dabbled in the entrepreneurial realm. I can remember cutting grass, selling pecans, and even having a mobile detail business during my high school years. I graduated high school in 2007; after that, I obtained a psychology degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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USA TODAY NETWORK: VOTE E3 ACADEMY TO SUPPORT YOUTH ENTREPRENUERSHIP

After spending 20 plus years, eight hours a day, and acquiring thousands of dollars of debt from schooling, there’s one thing that nearly all academic institutions simply miss to teach you…how to become your own boss! Imagine learning business strategies and actually creating and launching your own business, all while in high school. Well, E3 Academy does just that. After losing his mother just last year to dementia and schizophrenia, Keith McMillian, curator of KLM Consulting Corps Inc., the KD Mack Foundation, and an entrepreneurship guru, has vowed to dedicate his life to his second love…youth entrepreneurship. With his E3 Academy program, McMillian has, single handedly, changed the future of our youth in one of the most profound ways; ENGAGEMENT, EMPOWERMENT and ENTREPRENEURSHIP (E3).

Based in Jackson, Miss., the 10 week academy meets once a week, Engagement Empowerment Entrepreneurship (E3) and provides direction through a comprehensive business development training curriculum designed for both, youth (grades 8th – 12th) and adults. The E3 Academy gives participants the opportunity to learn how to start and operate their own businesses. This academy helps participants develop business ideas, learn basic business vocabulary, write business plans, discuss and practice marketing, pitch their business ideas to local leaders and investors, and learn ethical business practices needed to effectively engage their customers and communities.

We know what you’re thinking. Where was this program when you were in high school? We know, but that is exactly why we need you to head over to USA Today Network and vote for E3 Academy for this year’s A Community Thrives business. A Community Thrives enables community members to act on ideas that improve people, organizations, government, and businesses around them by equipping them with the resources they need to thrive.

The national voting period began on April 12th and runs until May 12th. The top 10 voted submissions in each category will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The panel will determine the top three applicants in each category who will be awarded grants of either $50,000 or $100,000 each.

Camp, E3 Academy needs your help! You can vote every day until the voting period is over. With only two more days left, let’s round up these last minute votes. You can cast your votes by clicking the link below:

http://ow.ly/cp2730bhTzQ 

Keith McMillian, you’re officially #Fluent !Be sure to follow to follow E3 Academy on all their social media platforms and support a great cause!

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JARED “JSTAYREADY” HENDERSON: FROM DORM ROOM TO CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST

We all had that one friend that hustled during undergrad by either cutting hair or doing hair in the dorms for all the students. An easy and safe way to stack some paper and gain popularity on campus. For many, this is just that, a hustle. They soon discover themselves during their matriculation on campus and that hustle just becomes a secondary skill set. One they may even forget. But for Jared Henderson, better known as, J Stay Ready, what was once a dorm room come up is now a quickly expanding dream career. Meet the hottest upcoming celebrity hair stylist.

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DJ TLEWIS: THE GREATEST DJ IN THE WORLD

Native of Jackson, Miss. and alumni of Jackson State University, Lil Wayne’s official tour DJ, is definitely changing the world one scratch at a time. His name… is DJ Tlewis.

From DJ’ing all the events on the campus of Jackson State University and all around Jackson, Miss. to now touring with Lil Wayne, TLewis is the epitome of what it means to get it out the mud. With “success” tattooed on his arm, everyday, he keeps getting better. 

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TRAP QUEEN: B. SIMONE [NEW MUSIC]


After searching to find herself in her 2014 EP Lost Soul; music artist, Youtuber and actress, B. Simone is quickly growing to be one of our favorite artist of 2017. We first fell in love with her during BET’s “The Search” and since then she’s done nothing but heighten her career through music, social media, and her Trap Queen persona. “What are the odds?” On a lighter note, she’s insanely in love with Drake.

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TRENDSETTERS: KRIS SHELBY: CELEBRITY STYLIST


In every field of human endeavor there is always a leader of the pack and when it comes to men’s fashion, Kris Shelby is definitely a top contender of the game. From having a passion for fashion as a little kid who was attracted to different colors and secular clothes to becoming a full time celebrity personal stylist; Shelby has turned his lifelong interest into a full blown dream career.

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