Monthly Archives: April 2016

Waist Gang Winning: 5 Tips for Young Bosses to Turn Product into Profit

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(Image: Waist Gang Society)

(Image: Waist Gang Society)

What does a go-getter do when their initial dream picks up moderate steam and needs a boost? They pivot and make another move that will lead to the winning shot in the end.

Nakeitha “PreMadonna” Felder, a budding recording artist who has made what some might call the latest Instagram beauty fad into a million-dollar product, did just that. The Miami native, millennial mother, and soon-to-be wife is founder of Waist Gang Society, a line of women’s shapewear.

Her waist trainers are the stars of the brand and quickly caught the eye and endorsement of celebrities including the Kardashian sisters, Kylie Jenner, Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members and more.

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the savvy 20-something entrepreneur and author of Whatever You Think Is Right, on five tips for young bosses to take their businesses to the next level:

1. Incorporate what should be your biggest fan and endorser: You. Felder designed shapers with a comic character in her own likeness. “I was bored with the traditional black or classic nude,” she says. “Now, women can get up, dress for the gym, and have fun wearing the shapers.” She is also the face of the brand …read more      

Waist Gang Winning: 5 Tips for Young Bosses to Turn Product into Profit

Published by:

(Image: Waist Gang Society)

(Image: Waist Gang Society)

What does a go-getter do when their initial dream picks up moderate steam and needs a boost? They pivot and make another move that will lead to the winning shot in the end.

Nakeitha “PreMadonna” Felder, a budding recording artist who has made what some might call the latest Instagram beauty fad into a million-dollar product, did just that. The Miami native, millennial mother, and soon-to-be wife is founder of Waist Gang Society, a line of women’s shapewear.

Her waist trainers are the stars of the brand and quickly caught the eye and endorsement of celebrities including the Kardashian sisters, Kylie Jenner, Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members and more.

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the savvy 20-something entrepreneur and author of Whatever You Think Is Right, on five tips for young bosses to take their businesses to the next level:

1. Incorporate what should be your biggest fan and endorser: You. Felder designed shapers with a comic character in her own likeness. “I was bored with the traditional black or classic nude,” she says. “Now, women can get up, dress for the gym, and have fun wearing the shapers.” She is also the face of the brand …read more      

#TrapKaraoke: More Than A Party, It’s A Movement

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By now, you’ve probably heard about Trap Karaoke, the cultural phenomenon that’s making waves across the country. And there’s one man who you can credit to the marketing excellence behind the brand: Jason Mowatt. As one of the masterminds behind Washington, D.C.’s music festival, Trillectro, it seems that whatever Mowatt touches becomes gold. And that, in fact, has proven true for his latest venture, Trap Karaoke.

[Related: Future and Jhene Aiko to Headline D.C.’s Broccoli City Festival]

So what is Trap Karaoke? Well, it is a full concert environment where the participants get to be Future, Drake, Migos or any “trap” record for 4-5 minutes of their life. Trap Karaoke-goers prepare and perform these karaoke hits, and they take it very seriously. We spoke with Jason Mowatt to learn more about the inception of Trap Karaoke, his goals for the future and how he’s built the foundation for a very successful brand.

BlackEnterprise: How did you come up with the idea for Trap Karaoke?

Mowatt: It started out as a joke, with a friend of mine. It was around the time Future released Dirty Sprite 2. I had a friend that’s the biggest future fan ever (and part of the …read more      

#TrapKaraoke: More Than A Party, It’s A Movement

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By now, you’ve probably heard about Trap Karaoke, the cultural phenomenon that’s making waves across the country. And there’s one man who you can credit to the marketing excellence behind the brand: Jason Mowatt. As one of the masterminds behind Washington, D.C.’s music festival, Trillectro, it seems that whatever Mowatt touches becomes gold. And that, in fact, has proven true for his latest venture, Trap Karaoke.

[Related: Future and Jhene Aiko to Headline D.C.’s Broccoli City Festival]

So what is Trap Karaoke? Well, it is a full concert environment where the participants get to be Future, Drake, Migos or any “trap” record for 4-5 minutes of their life. Trap Karaoke-goers prepare and perform these karaoke hits, and they take it very seriously. We spoke with Jason Mowatt to learn more about the inception of Trap Karaoke, his goals for the future and how he’s built the foundation for a very successful brand.

BlackEnterprise: How did you come up with the idea for Trap Karaoke?

Mowatt: It started out as a joke, with a friend of mine. It was around the time Future released Dirty Sprite 2. I had a friend that’s the biggest future fan ever (and part of the …read more      

CDC: Teen birth rates plunge, but racial disparities persist – KRQE News 13

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Baby FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, file photo, Jennie Keane holds her daughter, Clare Elizabeth Keane, who was born at 10:11 a.m. on Saturday. Preliminary figures released by the government on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, show U.S. births were up …
Teen birth rates plunge, racial disparities persistGadsden Times

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La. NAACP Leader Files Suit Over Fire Board Member’s Facebook Post – Firehouse.com (press release) (registration) (blog)

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La. NAACP Leader Files Suit Over Fire Board Member’s Facebook Post
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April 29–A Lafayette woman is asking for a judge’s order that the Lafayette Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board investigate one of its members for alleged political speech on Facebook. Marja Broussard, who leads Lafayette’s NAACP chapter, …

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Black Lives Matter Blasts Censored Details in Report on Fatal Shooting by Toronto Police – VICE News

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“We fought for this and we won, and in that way it is a victory, but it’s a victory in a backhanded way,” said Janaya Khan of Black Lives Matter Toronto, which has been pushing for weeks for the report to be made public. “It speaks more to the
For Black Lives Matter, small win on Andrew Loku may go a long wayThe Globe and Mail
Police officers’ conduct threatened credibility of SIU probe into Andrew Loku death: reportCBC.ca
Ontario launches police oversight review, partially releases SIU’s Loku reportCTV News
Newstalk 1010CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News
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The Uber for Private Jets Is Finally Here

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This startup lets you order up a charter jet as easy as ordering an Uber.

The service is called JetSmarter. Since its launch in 2013, the company is attempting to disrupt the private jet industry, offering consumers three different options: JetCharter JetDeals, and JetShuttle.

[Related: Uber Cuts Prices In Over 100 Cities]

– JetCharter is an entire aircraft charter where users customize their trip based on destination and aircraft. This feature is available worldwide in more than 170 countries.

– JetDeals offers exclusive, one-way flights on private jets, free for members. Members book seats in bundles of 2-5 free seats, and if they would like additional seats, they can pay a nominal fee per extra seats. These deals appear as far ahead as one month’s notice, and in as little as 12 hours’ notice, depending on the type of flight, aircraft, and route. On any aircraft with five passengers or less, the whole aircraft is free worldwide.

– JetShuttle service offers shared private jet flights. Users can search for and book an already scheduled fight or create …read more      

The Uber for Private Jets Is Finally Here

Published by:

This startup lets you order up a charter jet as easy as ordering an Uber.

The service is called JetSmarter. Since its launch in 2013, the company is attempting to disrupt the private jet industry, offering consumers three different options: JetCharter JetDeals, and JetShuttle.

[Related: Uber Cuts Prices In Over 100 Cities]

– JetCharter is an entire aircraft charter where users customize their trip based on destination and aircraft. This feature is available worldwide in more than 170 countries.

– JetDeals offers exclusive, one-way flights on private jets, free for members. Members book seats in bundles of 2-5 free seats, and if they would like additional seats, they can pay a nominal fee per extra seats. These deals appear as far ahead as one month’s notice, and in as little as 12 hours’ notice, depending on the type of flight, aircraft, and route. On any aircraft with five passengers or less, the whole aircraft is free worldwide.

– JetShuttle service offers shared private jet flights. Users can search for and book an already scheduled fight or create …read more