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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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MEET DREAD [FLUENT FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT]

     Once widely known for his long dreadlocks, a Samson reincarnated, this Oakland native is changing the music industry with his musical talents that’s sure to take your ears to a new dimension. A member of the Dream Loud Music Group family, home to artists like Ré Lxuise and  ELHAE, our Fluent Friday Spotlight goes to none other than the lyrical genius, Ayo Beckley, better known as, DREAD. Unlike Samson, once the hair was gone, he only got stronger.

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Ré LXUISE CREATES MAGIC WITH NEW EP D.M. ME [NEW MUSIC]

FROM DRIPPING GOLD TO SLIDING IN D.M.’S, DREAMLOUD’S Ré LXUISE HAS PERSONIFIED ART WITH HER NEW EP, D.M. ME.

With over a million streams on her soundcloud, just following her 2016 EP Dripping Gold, the Detroit native released her new EP D.M. Me earlier this year just in time to bless your musical crave with something different and refreshing.

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A NOTE TO MY BROTHERS: 5 KEYS IN 2017

Dear KINGS,

We all know the past few years have been pretty rough for the black male. Numerous police killings, years of systematic oppression and the controversy over male emasculation have all distracted us from who we truly are. We think it’s safe to say that it’s time for a change.

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LETOYA LUCKETT IS “BACK 2 LIFE” IN NEW MUSIC/MOVIE TRAILER

Don’t call it a comeback, but LeToya Luckett possibly just made the BIGGEST comeback in music history with her new music video, “Back 2 Life!”

Once a member of the world’s most popular music group, achieving more than the amazing group, TLC, the 35-year-old singer reminds us of just how and why she was a member of the dynamic girl group, Destiny’s Child.

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#TxSUTakesREVOLT: A SALUTE TO #RMC2016

The time has come! Panelists, live performances, all day pool parties, and soooo much more…and it all goes down October 13th-16th at The Nobu Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida for the Revolt Music Conference 2016! The third installment to this annual event, Sean Diddy Combs brings you an even more massive conference that is sure to link today’s new talent with top industry leaders from all over the world!

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