Opportunity knocking: Answer the door

Have you ever felt a calling over your life but gave yourself every excuse in the book as to why you can’t embark on the vision God has shown you? I have. I distinctly remember running and hiding from God and my purpose primarily because it felt so heavy — bigger than life — and […]

LeShonda Martin of WAGS Redefined discusses inaugural WAGCademy Conference

In 2015, LeShonda Martin found herself married to professional football player Sherrod Martin, living in a new city and searching for a sisterhood that at the time did not exist. It was then that she decided to create an organization called WAGS (which stands for Wives and Girlfriends of Sportspersons) Redefined. Her goal was to […]

Graduating to your purpose: The school of hard knocks

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge Life is all about choices and chances. When someone in society does something wrong in the eyes of the law, they have to face the consequences. Paying a debt to society by serving time in state or federal facilities is never anyone’s first choice, […]

Stage play ‘Soul Purpose’ set to make Dallas debut

Dallas audiences are in for a life-changing experience at the theater. The stage play Soul Purpose is set to debut at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters – Naomi Bruton Theater and will run April 27-29. It centers on five strong African American women from different backgrounds seeking to discover God’s purpose for their […]

Toyota’s chief social innovation officer Al Smith Jr. on having a purpose

Having a purpose in life gives your life meaning and direction. Living a life of purpose gives you an incredible amount of ambition and energy that keeps you going, even when you feel it’s impossible. However, when you have a clear purpose, you set clear goals, make clear plans and take clear daily actions. Al […]

Your purpose is your superpower

Let me guess … your life is nothing like you imagined it would be 10 years ago. If your 18-year-old self saw you running on the hamster wheel you are on, would they cry? Stop chasing dreams of money and success so long and hard that you forget why you’re running! It’s time to jump […]

Iyanla Vanzant advises women to do what brings them joy

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Iyanla Vanzant recently made a stop in Detroit over Valentine’s Day weekend, or as she likes to call it, Love’s Holiday Weekend. She was in town to discuss the effects of love, healing, forgiveness and becoming a natural woman. She had an intimate conversation with an exclusive audience of several hundred women and a few […]

Rihanna’s big debut disqualified; Adele still rules Billboard 200

After two weeks away, Adele has managed to regain the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart despite Rihanna’s latest album, ANTI, registering more than 1.5 million downloads shortly after its January 27 release. Showing surprisingly strong staying power three months after its release, 25 was able to rack up another 116K equivalent albums (97K pure […]

Adele narrowly misses recapturing top album on Billboard

For a moment, it looked as though Adele was coming to re-claim her crown and take back the top spot on the Billboard 200 but alas it was not meant to be, as Las Vegas based rockers Panic! At The Disco snuck in to earn their first ever number one album. Panic’s latest offering, Death Of A Bachelor, […]

Adele joins Whitney Houston in elite Billboard chart history

Though rapidly running out of steam in its descent back to Earth, Adele’s 25 still mustered enough power to hold on to its position as number one album in the country for a seventh consecutive week. 25‘s run atop the Billboard 200 marks the first time since Whitney Houston’s landmark sophomore album, Whitney, that a female […]

Adele’s ’25’ is still No. 1 but her reign may end soon

Though she has tallied another week atop the Billboard 200 chart, the end of the holiday season may signal the beginning of the end for Adele’s impressive six-week run as the No. 1 album in the country. Despite a 70 percent percent drop in sales from last week, 25‘s 363,000 impressions (307,000 pure sales) were good enough to head […]

Adele, Chris Brown go head-to-head on Billboard Top 200

Another week, another million sold. It was just a normal week at the office for British singer Adele as her latest album, 25, sold another 1.16 million copies. Thanks to a Christmas sales surge, 25 is now the only album (non-reissue) in the history of SoundScan to sell more than a million copies in three separate […]

Adele surpasses Usher as ’25’ stays atop Billboard 200 chart

If by chance you’re sick of the Adele-mania, it appears that you are in the vast minority. Not only is the British pop star riding high atop the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth consecutive week with her blockbuster album, 25, but the “Hello” singer also managed to see a 13% increase in sales from just a week ago. The set […]

Adele’s ’25’ breaks modern-day sales record to easily top Billboard Top 200 chart

This week marked yet another historic week in Billboard chart history as Adele’s latest album, 25, set a record for largest sales week of any album since Nielsen began tracking point of sale totals in 1991. Propelled by her monstrous lead single, “Hello”, 25 was able to register an astounding 3.48 million impressions (of which a whopping 3.38 […]

Jeezy makes top 5 debut as Justin Bieber lands atop Billboard Top 200 chart

It was a historic week on the Billboard Top 200 chart that saw a record-tying eight new entries into the top 10, including new albums by mega-pop star Justin Bieber and boy band supreme One Direction that competed for the top spot. When the dust settled, it was Bieber’s latest album, Purpose, that prevailed to give the Canadian heartthrob […]

Top books to read this winter

Watch Your Money During the Holidays By Mark C. Klein A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball By Dwayne Wade My Year In Meals By Rachael Ray Healing After Loss Martha W. Hickman The Power By Rhonda Byrne Mastery By Robert Greene Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Foriven By […]

Atlanta Weekend Events: Music Midtown, New Edition, Wyclef Jean, Nas and More!

Music Midtown, New Edition, Wyclef Jean, NAS, Pirate Day at Georgia Aquarium, Fishbone, The 4th Annual Women’s Health and Beauty Conference, and Brandford Marsalis! What do  NAS, Wyclef Jean, Fishbone Al Jarreau and Brandford Marsalis all have in common?  They will all be in Atlanta this weekend!  Concerts, book signings and cameos are in full […]

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