Using Laughter to Heal and Bring Awareness – Meet Canecia “NeeBaby” Boyd

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer and as a way to deal with the emotional pain, NeeBaby took to TikTok and began sharing her raw and unfiltered Comedy with the world. Six months later, the industry she had been a part of for six years finally took notice of her talents and she quickly became a TikTok sensation, Brand Influencer and recognized comedian holding on to 555K+ supporters and 12M+ Likes and growing. NeeBaby has taken the taboo topic of mental health and suicide and made it acceptable to explore. Using her real life struggles with Bipolar Disorder to fuel her voice, she is on a mission to normalize this very much needed conversation, inspire the LGBTQ community one smile at a time and normalize the true beauty one carries within. NeeBaby also uses her platform to highlight controversial topics that impact all members of the LGBTQ community. Her focus is on ensuring that women take all measures to get tested and get preventive care for breast cancer. This is something that most masculine identified women within the LGBTQ don’t highlight (for various reasons). She has taken the pain that she has encountered and turned it into a success story and movement.

I chatted with NeeBaby via Q&A and learned so much about this entrepreneur and comedian.

What inspired your entrepreneurial journey?

I’ve been in the Comedy Industry for six years now but it wasn’t until my victory over breast cancer in 2020 that I decided to leave my 9-5 and become my own boss. I jumped head first into my comedy and before I knew it the entrepreneurial endeavors just started coming.

What do you define as failure?

To not try. I am connected to my ancestors and my spirit guides don’t like that word. Failure is never an option.

What kind of impact do you want to leave on your audience?

I want my legacy to speak to strength. We all have the strength and talent needed to make it, we just need to tap into it.

What is your why? Why you did you start your journey?

To save my life. Comedy saved me and pursing my dreams gives me the push needed to make it through every single day.

What advice do you have for entrepreneurs and small business owners who may not be achieving their goals?

Don’t forget to reevaluate often. Sometimes we forget why we started and that can be the cause of us not making it to the finish line.

Find out more about Neebaby via her website and follow her on Instagram | TikTok | Facebook | Double S S Apparel

Grass Ain’t Greener

The grass is not greener on the other side, but it is greener where you water it.  Of course fake grass or grass that never wethered the storm looks nice and green, but when the storm comes, it will wither away. And well fake grass is just that, fake… 

The grass is green where you tend to it, where you nourish it, and then and only then will your grass grow and become plush. God tells us he will never leave nor forsake us, he will never give us anything more than we can bear, yet we tend to crumble under the pressures of life and wilt away when the rain comes down hard. However, the rain is there to nourish the seeds planted, to provide sustainance to our dry grass, provide it the necessary nutirients so it can continue to grow and flourish. 

We ask God for more, and when the storms come we blame him for forsaking us. He is a just God, who loves us more than we can imagine, he won’t leave us in the storm alone. He knows what our grass needs

Don’t get discouraged by the conditions of another mans grass, for you dont know the sacrifices they had or the storms they weathered to obtain such landscape. Rather than focusing on their terrain, what can you do to nurture your own? How can you prepare your landscape for the next rainy season? Even the most manicured lawn didn’t start that way, it takes months of patient and dudiligence. 

Properly manage and maintain your own grass, cut out the weeds, throw in some seeds, enrich it with the breath of life, and watch your grass grow strong and mighty, to withstand even the rainest of seasons.  Watch how the seeds you have planted grow and produce far more than you can ever imagine.

Meet Author Edwina Martin-Arnold

Meet Author Edwina Martin-Arnold, author of several romance books. She is a hopeless romantic, and a true believer in happily ever after. However, Edwina knows that the path to real love is rarely straight forward. To the contrary, it’s often paved with many turns and a peril or two, in real life and in the stories she creates. When Edwina isn’t daydreaming about love, she’s using her law degree to fight for Civil Rights or is coaching basketball.

She has released a new book Vanilla Chocolate: The Chocolate Romance Series — Book 2.

When asked why she became a writer she states, “ I love to read. When I was a prosecutor, romance was the complete opposite of what I did in my work life. When I began to see Black romances in the grocery store, I decided to write one. It resulted in my first published book, Eve’s Prescription.” 

Check out this Q&A with Martin-Arnold: 

Why do you write about romance and romantic suspense?

I love writing about Black women falling in love with a variety of people in a variety of situations. I find myself cringing, laughing, and thoroughly enjoying myself as I write.

 Describe a typical day for Edwina, the writer? 

No day is typical. I usually think a lot about the love story, and then I write when I can. I write after work, on planes, squeeze it in on weekends, and while I’m waiting for my games to start when I coach basketball.

 Tell us about Vanilla Chocolate? 

It’s my first Interracial. It was a joy to write, and I often found myself chuckling. Basically, what appears to be a one night stand is so much more. The question becomes will the main character, Andrea Flaven, release her pre-conceived notions and give love a try, or will she stay within her comfort zone and reduce her interaction with Marceau LeBlanc to an interesting anecdote! Also, I am almost done with the third book in the series, Chocolate Drop — Love in the Time of Corona.

You were very successful and then you took a long hiatus. Why? 

Well, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. I made it to Harlequin with the House Guest, but my sister was dying when I got the news. My sister, Paula, was one of my biggest supporters. She loved the book, House Guest. She was thrilled when I told her Harlequin was publishing it. She didn’t live long enough to see it published. In fact, the cover of House Guest looks just like my sister, and I had no input on the cover. It was her looking down from Heaven in approval. After she passed, I cried every time I thought about writing, so eventually I stopped. She passed in 2005. In 2019, I got the urge again. I begin dreaming about my sister frequently. I think it was her saying get over it and start writing again. When I sat down to write, it felt right and good. I published Twice Tempted in 2019. It’s the sequel to House Guest. Then I updated Chocolate Friday, Book 1 in the Chocolate Romance Series, and then, I wrote Vanilla Chocolate.

 How have you changed as a writer since that first book?

Well, I understand Point of View or POV a lot better. My first book, I was switching POV in the same paragraph! Also, I have much more confidence and thicker skin. Constructive criticism is much easier to take.

Book Synopsis: 
Love Comes in Many Packages: Andrea Flaven only dates black men. Imagine her surprise when she wakes up and realizes she was intimate with a white man! To make matters worse she can’t remember the details of the passionate night.
Andrea’s world is thrown off-kilter!
Unintentionally, the gorgeous white man in question, Marceau LeBlanc, keeps her in a state of flummox. Will Andrea release her pre-conceived notions and give love a try, or will she stay within her comfort zone and reduce her interaction with Marceau to an interesting anecdote!

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