OWN’ Ready To Love’ Reality Star Ashlee Akins Debuts New Book “Authentically Ashlee”

Ashlee Akins is more than just a face on the OWN network. She’s an educated, entrepreneur making her way while using her platform. After being on Will Packer’s Ready To Love, she decided to take advantage of her loyal fan base she had on the show and create a brand bigger than herself, empowering women, managing artists and plenty.

Patrice: What motivated/inspired you to start a business?

Ashlee: I motivated myself!! Ok let me keep it real I have a huge support system .my brothers are a blessing to me and my mother is the fire behind everything I do.   I always knew that I wanted a business. I just wanted to make sure that it made me feel good about myself when I went to sleep at night! You know, it embodies who I am. 

Patrice: What makes you a pretty woman that hustles?

Ashlee: What makes me a pretty woman the hustle is my go getter mentality there is nothing that I won’t try and I can’t do.  During my college years my stepdad and mom had opened a family restaurant named Ashlee Diner. I loved being a young restaurant co-owner but I then understood all the hard work running a business took. I guess you could say I was a young hustler. I was able to go to school and understand what it takes to run a full restaurant business. I’ve always been a hustler I’m always trying to figure out ways to make money. It’s no question that I’m beautiful. Lol, I looked in the mirror. I received, I believed that I am that!!! I am definitely pretty woman that hustler I’m going to hustle to the day I check up out of here. More or less my mom and dad prepared me for my life now!!

Patrice: What is the name of your business(es) and what are they all about?

Ashlee: The name of my business is AA Dimensions; it’s an entertainment and empowerment company. We offer photography, music, dance and fitness, books, community events and more to come. I knew that I wanted to continue my life in the entertainment field. After being on the hit show ‘Ready to Love’, I wanted to make sure whatever business that I involved myself with I empowered people. I love making a difference. So my mother didn’t hesitate when I brought her my ideas. Then boom we birthed AA dimensions and have been going strong since 2019!

Patrice: Have you faced any challenges in your business?

Ashlee: Yes, I have definitely faced challenges in my business. It’s tough trying to juggle everything plus your life and make a profit with your business. You go broke before you get rich! Lol; everything that glitter is not gold! But what I have learned is that hard work pays off and consistency is key. Keep going!

Patrice: What projects are you currently working on?

Ashlee: Yes, I am currently working on some projects!  I have a brand new book out titled “Authentically Ashlee” and it’s available on all platforms. You can get it directly from http://www.chocolatereadings.com/authenticallyashlee

Also I am planning my first community fest on June 5th in my hometown in Jackson, Tennessee where we are going to highlight gun violence awareness, mental health awareness and I am definitely working on bridging the gap and getting my community back to a safer state and creating an opportunity for networking and bringing all of the entrepreneurs the small business and large businesses out in my community!!!

Patrice: How do you face diversity as a woman entrepreneur?

Ashlee: It’s simple! I don’t face diversity when someone is doing something that is not God- like. I simply take a deep breath and figure out a way to go around that speedbump. At the end of the day that’s all it is; a speedbump!  I don’t let diversity bother me; I move around diversity.

Patrice: Is balancing your personal life, work life and business life difficult for you at times?

Ashlee: Honestly, yes sometimes it can be difficult to balance everything. But I got to keep it real yall. To be honest balancing your career personal life and work life can be done with a little scheduling LOL. But you make time for what you want. Understand that you need to set short-term goals because you don’t want to cram your brain or your week. Always save some time for yourself each day!

Connect with Ashlee:

Ig: @_iamashlee007

Fb: Ashlee Akins

Twitter: Ashlee Akins

Organize Your Life With CEO Kendra Burnette

Kendra Burnette was born in Durham, North Carolina growing up primarily in Cary, North Carolina. During her early school years, Kendra’s admiration of reading, history and writing inspired her to focus on a journey of always striving for educational interests.

Throughout the years, Kendra developed an immense talent with cleaning and organizing home spaces. She credits her upbringing as a “country girl” watching her Beloved Grandmother with daily household cleaning tasks and keeping the family home beautifully designed with heirloom antiques. As her interest grew, Kendra began cleaning and organizing home spaces for close friends and family members.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Kendra went on to work in various industries including; Retail Management, Staffing and Talent Acquisition, and working as a Legal Assistant at a Law Firm.

Feeling inspired from the past home spaces of her friends and family, Kendra decided to turn her incredible talent of transforming home spaces with cleaning, organization and interior design styling into a business. In January of 2019, Klean Bee’s Nest was officially launched. In April of 2020, Kendra left her full-time job as a Legal Assistant to solely concentrate on her established business.

In her spare time, Kendra enjoys reading, writing poetry, watching educational documentaries, visiting museums/art galleries, home décor shopping, and visiting local wineries. Kendra is also a proud member of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Incorporated.

How would you describe your brand in four words.

Four words I would use to describe my brand would be: Unique, Engaging, Personable, & Creative.

At what moment did you realize you held a gift for organizing?

I realized I had a gift for organizing when I would go into my close friend’s and family’s homes and just started moving fixtures, rearranging furniture and organizing anything I saw. It was just a natural instinct of mine to just look at a space and want to change or transform it into something different. With my friends and family’s home spaces, I could really experiment with my gift. I continued working with friends and family for a few years until I could really grasp the concept of learning different techniques of organization. When I felt confident in my skills, I branched off to develop my current business.

What are three key organization tips that can keep any room clutter free?

Three key organization tips that are useful in keeping any room clutter free would be: 
1) Plan a monthly schedule that can be incorporated with your home needs. Designating home chores as daily and weekly tasks help to alleviate cleaning and organizing everything all at once. You can assign a Sunday as “Laundry Day”, Monday for cleaning/organizing the kitchen and other any areas in that particular space, Tuesdays can be designated for reorganizing your room, closet, and dresser spaces. You can always switch up your schedule to better suit your home organizational needs. 
2) Keep the areas in home that would be utilized by visitors, “Guest Ready.” If you frequently entertain in your space, keep areas that guests would have access to clean and organized. These areas would be a Half Bathroom, Guest Room/Guest Bathroom, Living Room areas and any space that is used to host for entertainment purposes. Keep these areas refreshed with necessary essentials (toiletries, toilet paper, clean towels/bath cloths, etc.)
3) If your schedule is just too overwhelming, or you just need assistance with decluttering and overall home organization, don’t just LIVE with such challenges. HIRE a Professional Home Organizer! Home Organization Services is an unique and growing industry that can help with keeping your home organized and balanced. Organization is PEACE OF MIND!

What services are you currently offering?

Klean Bee’s Nest is currently offering Organizational Coaching.  Organizational Coaching helps clients with maintaining and managing their spaces after their initial organizational service. We are also offering a special promotion for “Spring Organization” services. Spring Organization services are great for updating and switching out your Winter Wardrobe for Spring/Summer attire. Our Spring Organization service is also great for refreshing your overall home space. 

What is next for Klean Bees Nest?

The next venture for Klean Bee’s Nest will be developing an Organizational Teaching Course for aspiring Professional Home Organizers. 

What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustle’s?

My definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles is a Woman who is business savvy, innovative, teachable, uplifts other women either in the same/or different business field, and who always rises to the occasion. Even in the course of defeat and challenges, A Pretty Woman Who Hustles keeps her Crown SHINING and a SMILE on her face!

Connect with Kendra and Klean Bees Nest Online

Tania Richardson- The Leading Lady

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Tania Richardson was born to be successful. A 40-something savvy businesswoman with over 15 years of owning and operating two businesses, Richardson symbolizes independence and power.

Her career and personal life have covered multiple disciplines. As a commercial actress, a Desert Storm Army veteran, an avid traveler, and a former Real Housewives of Atlanta season two recurring cast member—the most popular of the Real Housewives franchise that maintained an average of 1.495 million weekly viewers—she strives for perfection.

William Shakespeare stated, “Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

In an interview with The Exchange Story, she shared her definition of success:

My definition of success is when your money works for you…not when you work for your money! I know this is a cliché but I believe that long gone are the days when you go to work for someone else and receive a paycheck for the hours worked. Only to find out that your BOSS is never going to pay you enough to live next door to her. When you can follow your passion and do what you love, your money then begins to work for you! But success isn’t only about how much money you make or where you live. Ultimately, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives, and waking up with a smile on your face because you enjoy what you do.

A woman of fashion, whose style, according to Fashion Bomb Daily, is “very alluring and sophisticated,” was disappointed after her finding after research that advertisers cater less to women 40–55 years old.

In fact, a report by Girlpower Marketing found that disposable incomes are highest for boomer women aged 45-54. They are at the peak of their careers, and statistically, are the least impacted by the recession. Boomer women buy 65 percent of new cars, 91 percent of new homes, and 92 percent of travel but, 91 percent feel that marketers do not understand them while brands are still having a hard time recognizing it.

With that in mind, Richardson put her foot forward and created Hey Lady ™, an informative YouTube original, and social media platform movement to change the stigma of what women over forty look like. The mission is to motivate, empower, and encourage women to live their best lives.

The platform features beautiful and powerful women over forty who have a passion for fashion, a love of travel, and an interest in owning or growing a business.

Hey Lady is a movement that is building organically. The objective is to use Richardson’s life as an inspiration to women around the world to know that life truly begins at forty. Expectations for the brand is that it becomes a global phenomenon where mentorship programs for young ladies are built.

“We are our biggest advocates and representation matters,” she explains. “When women see other women living their best life, this will hopefully reignite what may be missing in their lives. It is important to see positive images of women being more than a mom.”

This year has not been without challenges. Between product development and production, Richardson’s workload has been overwhelming. However, her top challenge is brand awareness and brand recognition. “My audience must identify my brand based on visual indicators as my logo and colors, but l need to elicit feelings and emotions in my target audience, and this is not my lane,” she states.

She addressed this challenge by hiring seasoned professionals that have produced and are implementing a strategic communications plan (public relations, social media, and content marketing). “The plan is for my company to gradually gain national publicity and social media followers, and so far I’ve been reading feedback about how much our supporters are inspired by and believe in our message.”

Besides being a mother of an amazing seventeen-year-old son, her biggest accomplishment to date was taking on a new business venture by launching Hey Lady . “I stepped out on faith and believed it would happen,” she states.

And although she’s no stranger to business—representing a fortune 500 company and securing over four thousand clients consistently for eight years—building a lifestyle platform for women, that is organically turning into a movement was a completely new entrepreneurial move for her. While 2020 was about launching the business, she says, “2021 will be about continuing the movement.”

An individual who pushes others to create their best work, she is passionate about life. She’s a daughter, sister, aunt, and mother of a seventeen-year-old son whom she co-parents with former fiancé and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Kordell Stewart. She has no regrets in life and serves as a beacon for all to follow. She stand by her favorite quote, “I don’t make excuses, I make adjustments.”

Hey Lady💋™ is a brand that is geared towards women 40 and up. Thank you for thinking of us! What was your inspiration behind creating an age-specific brand?

There was no brand specifically targeted to the forty and over demographic. I noticed that advertisers market to millennials and seniors for the most part.

The peak earning potential and spending power between the age of 45-54 is higher than any other group. I wanted to shed a light on an otherwise forgotten group of women. I also wanted to change the narrative to show that LIFE truly does begin at forty.

In the fashion industry, there are not only a lot of brands geared towards women 40 and up, but there also aren’t many brands geared towards plus-size models either. What will Hey Lady bring onto the scene for plus-size models like myself?

 Our clothing runs from small to 6XL depending on the garment. There’s something for everyone!

Let’s Talk about Wine Down Wednesday! You host Wine Down Wednesday to showcase women in all walks of life on IG Live. As you know, there are many Wine Down Wednesday platforms currently. What sets your platform apart from others?

What differentiates our Wine Down Wednesday is that we feature a different “Lady of the Week” from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. We talk about a myriad of topics. Additionally, we are providing a platform for mentoring women who want to become business owners or are already business owners and need a bit of guidance to get to the next level.

Tania, being a 15-year entrepreneur is AMAZING. What tips can you give our readers about sustaining their entrepreneurship? What keeps you going?

Remember, it’s your calling and it wasn’t a conference call therefore you need to block out noise from friends and family who may mean well but don’t understand your vision. Turn your passion into your purpose and it will never feel like work. Failure is not final.

You’ve done acting, you currently own and operate an insurance agency among all the many other attributes you possess, which of your many endeavors give you the most value of satisfaction?

Launching Hey Lady💋™ has truly given me the greatest joy and satisfaction. This brand is growing organically. The response to what we are doing has been overwhelming. Also, seeing women wearing the Hey Lady💋TM logo is so gratifying to me. It means that women want to be part of the movement that is being created and they relate to the message of “ Being a lady never goes out of style!”

I absolutely love your tagline “Being a Lady Never Goes Out of Style” and you hit the nail right on the head with this one. Why is this tagline important to your brand?

I wanted the brand to be synonymous with being a lady. When I think of the word lady I think of class, sophistication, savoir-faire, and style.  I want  ALL women to know that you don’t have to show it ALL to feel attractive or to get “noticed!” Somewhere along the way, the messaging has changed about having standards and respect for oneself. When I think of a lady  I imagine, Michelle Obama, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, and Diahann Carol. All of these women had an air of grace and class.

Inspiring and encouraging women to be their very best is something that many of us as women love doing. With that said, what obstacles have you encountered in the industry that you have had to fight to get your desire across to mainstream?

Growing my brand has been organic and has taken a life of its own. Over the last three years, I have been testing the market specifically through Pinterest. Because I had an established audience the challenge was now to turn followers into customers and for them to believe in what we are selling. The growth in sales has steadily increased since our launch.

You know we could not have this interview without addressing your time on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. How did being on that show attribute to success in your other business ventures? What is one thing you took away from that experience and why?

Being on the show taught me how to leverage my following as a businesswoman. It showed me the importance of owning my intellectual property as well. It also showed me the importance of being a champion for other women as Reality TV typically shows the opposite. Because being a lady never goes out of style.

Monique Askew: Mogul Majesty

Aries Jones Photography

Exclusive Society Boutique is a plus-size boutique where your shape, curves, and size are ADORED in fact, curves are a requirement! Each piece is meant to make you feel bold, confident, and sexy in your own skin. We offer a variety of hand-picked fashion-forward garments that thrive on quality.

Monique Askew is the CEO of Exclusive Society Boutique. She created the company because she wanted to focus on an industry that often gets neglected. She put her plus size beauties FIRST. Monique struggled to find garments that fit appropriately and places that actually offer a variety of trends in our size. Monique is dedicated to making the process easier for YOU.

What inspired you to move in the direction of a Plus sized Boutique?

I was inspired because I’ve always been plus size. I struggled to find trendy, nice fitting items. If I was having that issue myself, I knew other Queens were having the same issue. I was instantly intrigued by the challenge of making a difference in an industry I personally claimed as my own. 

Boutiques are popping up all over the place virtually and brick and mortar. What sets your boutique apart from the rest?

Simple, Me! They don’t have me! I am so passionate about my business. It’s one thing to have a company that incorporates a few “plus size” items within their store. It’s a totally different thing, when the entire store is dedicated  to plus size. I can’t speak for all my curvy sisters but I know when I see that, my soul lights up.  Anyone that has done business with us will tell you, my customer service skills are immaculate, my garments are true to size and high quality! I strive to make sure every person feels special. Exclusive Society Boutique is an experience, and exclusive one! 

Exclusive Society Boutique has a plethora of items geared to Plus Size women. How do you handle patrons who are not Plus Size but love your fashions?

I don’t have this problem often, the way we market our business we are loud and proud that we are 100% plus size. With that being said, we do have some Queens that are plus size and don’t realize it.  

Let’s address how in love I am with the leopard print dress. It is H.O.T. One of the concerns I’ve heard over the years is that Plus sizes are full of flowers and patterns that are not appealing. What is your strategy to avoid those types of patterns?

I don’t! We love patterns over here! Matter of fact, we actually have a flower dress called ” It’s the Pink Flowers For Me”. The dress is HOT/Super sexy yet classy! My Queens LOVE IT. I think the design and HOW the garment compliments our curves is much more important for example: rusching in the front /side vs a zipper. It’s all about the design.

Finally, what advice would you give someone wanting to open the same type of Boutique to cater to Plus size?

I would tell them to do a lot of research first. Make sure your business is legally set up. Don’t be scared to invest in yourself by taking the leap to become an entrepreneur!  This industry needs a lot of Love, Attention, and Care! So take your time with it! It has been neglected in many ways for years so take representing this industry seriously. You will do great and remember “failure is not the opposite of success it’s part of success (author Unknown)”!  

Connect with Exclusive Society Boutique Online www.exclusivesocietyboutique.com

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Brandi L. Benson is a 36-year-old veteran, speaker, author and cancer advocate based in Miami, FL (from Novato, Calif.). Joining the military in hopes of playing soccer for her country, she ended up with her own battle. Fresh out of basic training and only three months stationed in Iraq, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ewing Sarcoma, at age 24. Walking away with one less muscle in her left leg, she triumphantly defied odds. Brandi has written magazine blogs for Conquer Magazine, Cancer Wellness Magazine, American Cancer Society and more sharing her story. She is spokesperson for Bristol Myers Squibb alongside ABC’s This is Us Sterling K. Brown, has signed a modeling contract with HOP Models & Talent Agency and is the author of The Enemy Inside Me, available on Amazon.

I want people to know that cancer is not an automatic death sentence and that modern medicine is a lot better than it used to be.

Patrice: What makes a pretty woman who hustles?

Brandi:  A pretty woman who hustles has a story about overcoming adversity and continuing to reach her goals.  A pretty woman that hustles understands that the hustle will not always look inviting, and most times, it is very intimidating, but sticking to the course is what makes the hustle. Hustling is pushing forward with the mission even when you feel like you don’t have the right tools, and in that case, you make them. 

Patrice: Your story is amazing and it’s very inspiring to others who face challenges with diseases in their life. For those who don’t know, what is Ewing Sarcoma?

Brandi: Ewing Sarcoma is a very rare and aggressive cancer. About 1,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed a year. Since this cancer is so aggressive and has a very high probability of it manifesting somewhere else in the body, it is treated very aggressively with a lot of chemotherapy. I was treated with 17 cycles of chemo in less than a year. This cancer is a childhood cancer and is typically found in young, Caucasian boys. You will find this cancer attacking the limbs (arms and legs) of the body, lungs, brain and spinal cord.

Patrice: When were you diagnosed with this rare form of cancer?

Brandi: I was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in 2009 while I was deployed in Iraq. I ended up leaving the war (fighting for my country) to return home to defeat an enemy inside me – cancer. I was not prepared to fight a battle from within myself. You don’t go to school and learn how to fight a terminal illness. I was in a state of shock and denial for a while. There is something to be said about facing your mortality.

Patrice: You walked away with only one less muscle in your leg. You are definitely blessed! I was reading that people die from this rare form of cancer. How has becoming a survivor changed your life?

Brandi: Cancer has saved me and truly made every day magical. I know it sounds strange and a bit unreal, but cancer has changed the person I am from the inside out. I appreciate the small things in life, like being able to walk and have both legs, but I am now a pillar in the Sarcoma cancer community. I can give hope, and hope is so healing. I can touch people worlds away with my story. I want people to know that cancer is not an automatic death sentence. We are so much stronger than we know. Cancer has made my life much more purposeful. I am no longer just living in a world, but I am adding value now. I am not sure if this would be the case if I did not experience cancer.

Going through cancer has taught me about mental strength and mental health. These are both so important when you’re going through or have survived a traumatic event. 

Patrice: So tell us more about your experience in Iraq on the battlefield. What branch of service did you serve?

Brandi: I was in the U.S. Army. I loved being in the military and had dreams of retiring as an officer someday. I enjoyed the physical aspect of pushing yourself to the limit. When I got deployed to Iraq, I had just graduated basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). I was at my first real duty station for one month and nine days before I was shipped out to fight for my country. I felt unprepared and not ready for the real Army.

Nonetheless, I was deployed to Al Diwaniyah, which is 98 miles south of Baghdad. I was petrified. Iraq was very scary to me. I was only 24 years old and in the middle of a war zone. Months later, I was fighting a different battle; one that required me to swap out my M16 and grenades for vomit bags and chemotherapy.

Patrice: What type of experience did you have over there?

Brandi: Being deployed is very similar to what you see in the movies. The energy is very high from the unknown. Everyone is on their toes, in a sense. I noticed that once it became winter, November to December timeframe, the activity picked up tremendously and shortly after that, I discovered a strange lump in my left leg in January 2009. 

January 10th is the exact day I found the lump in my left leg (groin area). I waited a week before I went to the medic station. I was put on a helicopter and never returned. That was the beginning of the end for me. Life was never the same. 

Patrice: How long have you been a model?

Brandi: I got signed to Gamut Management in 2020. It is a modeling agency that contracts models/talent that have a disability. I just did a show with them. I modeled Tommy Hilfiger. It was such a fantastic time, truly magical. I hope to do more shows, campaigns and commercials with Tommy Hilfiger shortly. I am also the brand ambassador for the Sarcoma Alliance. The Sarcoma Alliance is a nonprofit organization that focuses on Sarcoma cancer. We spread awareness, education and programs for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Patrice: Tell us more about the Adaptive Runway Show.

Brandi: The event was on March 9, 2021 and was held outdoors. The event was all about adaptive wear for those with disabilities. I had my entire adductor muscle removed due to cancer and, as we know, muscle does not grow back. So, I have one massive muscle missing from my left leg, which has left me disabled. 

Runway of Dreams teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger in 2016 and they were the first clothing brand to cater to the disabled community. The event was nothing less than epic. I had a blast.

Patrice: As a spokesperson for Bristol Myers Squibb, what topics do you address to the community?

Brandi:  I did a social media campaign with them last year in 2020 called Survivorship Today. This initiative aims to share stories of people across the country who have been affected by cancer and advance our collective understanding of what it’s like to live with the disease today. 

Patrice: I see that you have written a book called “The Enemy Inside Me.” What do you want the readers to take away from the book?

Brandi: I want the world to know that cancer is not an automatic death sentence and that modern medicine is a lot better than it used to be. I also want them to know that life can still be amazing and extraordinary as a survivor.

Patrice: What do you want people to know when it comes to Ewing Sarcoma?

Brandi: Early detection is critical. Cancer can be found anywhere in the body, yes, the arms and legs. Before having Sarcoma, I never knew that you could get cancer anywhere else in the body besides your brain, lungs, stomach, liver or breast. I think it is time to speak up about this cancer and let the world know it exists. If you have a lump that is larger than a golf ball, please visit your doctor.

Patrice: Any empowering advice for people who are dealing with a rare form of a disease?

Brandi: Yes, we are so much stronger than we know. We all have an elite version of ourselves and it is up to us to discover it.

Patrice: What motivates you?

Brandi: There are so many things that motivate me. I find inspiration in so many forms, but reaching a goal of mine fuels me to keep going higher and to push for more. I believe we are limitless beings and with that mindset I try to shoot for the stars. Right now, a goal is to work with Tommy Hilfiger personally and make Sarcoma cancer a household name like breast cancer.

Patrice: Are you currently working on any new projects for the year?

Brandi: I am currently working on spreading awareness about Sarcoma cancer with the Sarcoma Alliance. 

Connect More with Brandi:

Instgram: @brandil.benson

Website: http://www.brandilbenson.com


Patrice: Tell the readers a little bit more about yourself

Glamorous Taye: Glamourous Taye is the youngest of; a 29-year-old mother of 4 and serial entrepreneur, fashion, and beauty influencer. I also conduct master classes for those who wish to learn more about the beauty industry and learn the basic makeup application steps. Though beauty is my passion, I am also a woman of many other trades, such as a social media influencer, brand ambassador. Besides wearing many hats in entrepreneurship, I also have experience writing and publishing my E-book called “How to become a successful Influencer,” which hasn’t released yet. To add to my experience as a one-on-one consultant helping influencers build their brands and online presence, I have expanded my talents as a boutique owner, public speaker, aiming to motivate the community’s masses. I was raised in Florida, with my father being Jamaican and my mother being American, where I grew up in a poor neighborhood.

Patrice: What makes you a pretty woman that hustles?

Glamorous Taye:

● My loyalty towards everyone.

●I am destined to win

●I put all my hard work in and grind

●I support you even if you don’t help me

●I put my best foot forward.

Patrice: Are you currently working on any current projects right now?

Glamorous Taye: Yes. My eBooks will be released next week, a fur and contour line that’s launching, and my coaching/mentoring sessions that I am working on.

Patrice: How do you face diversity as a woman/man entrepreneur/author?

Glamorous Taye: A lot of people don’t believe women are capable of handling huge task, but little do they know “We Were Built For This”

Patrice: Is balancing your personal life, work-life, and business life challenging for you at times?

Glamorous Taye: It’s challenging because I am a full-time mother, school bus driver, and social media influencer. It’s super hard, but I was built for this, and I deserve this life that I am working so hard for.

Patrice: What does being an entrepreneur or business owner mean to you?

Glamorous Taye: Being an entrepreneur to me means being the head CEO of the world bosses. Business first, and treating everyone with respect.

Connect with Glamorous Taye:

Instagram: @glamorous_taye

Tiktok: @glameduptaye

YouTube: glamorous taye

Twitter: GlamorousTaye

Website: www.glamoroustaye.com

Pretty Women Hustle features Jazz Anderson – Women Empowerment Month


In the words of Beyonce, who runs the world? Girls! Women are on the rise and taking over the entertainment industry. Women are finally taking on a dominating role in the rap game and making their presence known and I am here for the girl power.

I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with reality tv personality, artist, rapper, entertainer, and co-host Jazz Anderson as we spoke about her rise as a female artist.

Anderson let me know that women are turning up and standing out in the entertainment industry now more than ever before. Women are changing the narrative of the well known male dominated industry and are coming out on top. With so many successful female rappers before her, Anderson is paving her own path and well on her way to stand alongside noteworthy artists. Previously seen on the hit tv series Basketball Wives, she has since then been featured on BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, released her previous project Separation Anxiety and has an upcoming project titled The Experiment. Jazz Anderson is also co-host on Fox Souls The Mix, a talk show created for us by us alongside Romeo Miller, Zonnique Pullins, Jamie DuBose, and Anton Peeples. 

Jazz Anderson is emerging from her shell and channeling all of her grown and sexy femine energy into her latest project, The Experiment. This album showcases more of her dominant and outspoken side, as opposed to her first project Separation Anxiety, where she focused more on her pen game and lyrics. Now, do not be mistaken, Jazz Anderson is still the same talented lyricists, but she is stepping into her light and offering a more playful lighthearted carefree vibe onto this newest release, projected to be out by late May early June; just in time for hot girl summer. 

Ever since 14/15 Jazz mentioned she has loved music and hip hop. Growing up listening to albums like Kanye West College Dropout and Miseducation of Lauryn Hill influenced her love for hip hop. She stated she enjoys rap, music, literature/poetry, and the art of putting an image to a story.

“When you put words to a beat, you’re a rapper; I’ve always loved writing, so I applied it to hop hop.”

Giving all her success to God, without Him she would have not been granted access to some of the many opportunities she’s had. She is fortunate and will continue working hard and growing her fan base. It is important to see black women on the rise in the entertainment industry and Jazz is glad to be a part of the women on the rise and to be a role model to those who may be looking up to her and her journey. 

I asked Jazz what advice she would have to those who may be looking up to her and her advice for other women in the entertainment industry, and she noted a great gem:

When you come to the game, change what is accepted, but dont change to be accepted” 

*Snaps fingers* Preach sister!

On a playful note, I asked Jazz if she could only have 3 apps on her phone what would they be, in which she responded, her notes app, text messages, and Instagram! Despite my shade questioning all of Instagram’s updates and algorithm changes, Instagram shows Jazz love so that is her go to!  She’s been rocking with IG since the beginning so she’s not switching it up. 

It was a pleasure speaking with Jazz, her lovable spirit and infectious smile was quite welcoming. Be sure to keep up with all of the great things Jazz has in store and stay connected via Instagram @JazzAnderson. Also tune into FoxSouls The Mix airing every Tuesday 7pm Pacific/ 10pm Eastern and be on the lookout for Jazz Anderson’s latest project  The Experiment set to release late May early June.


Patrice: Tell the readers a little bit about yourself

La’Krish: I am a native of Raleigh, NC. Married to my awesome husband and we have two wonderful children. I have a degree in Business Administration with Human Resource Management. I love to spend time with God and my family. I work for the State of NC full time. I love to read books and journal. I love to watch comedy movies because laughter is so good for the soul. I have fell in love with the gym! I enjoy trying new plant based recipes.

Patrice: What makes you a pretty woman that hustle?

La’Krish: I am working hard to break those generational curses. I work Full time and make things happen so my kids can see anything is possible with God! I am working so I can create a legacy for my children, their children and etc. I am leaving knowledge and wealth not debt.

Patrice: What is the name of your book (s) and what is the main message?

La’Krish: Just God & Me, Finding God in the Midst of Your Storm. It is set to be launched April 2021. I share my testimony on how on strengthened my faith in God after going through a storm. I provide scriptures that inspired me on my journey. You can also journal how the scripture has impacted you. You can also
therapeutically personalize your journal by coloring and connect with everyone!

Patrice: Is balancing your personal life, work life and business life difficult at times?

La’krish: It can be! I wear a lot of hats very well. This pandemic has given us time to bond more. We have family movie and game nights. I really love date nights with my husband!! I get my time in the gym, which I LOVE! I am focusing on my health a lot more. My family has come along with the ride too. I work full time and help my son with virtual learning.  I have to set a schedule for content, clubhouse meetings, website maintenance and book promotion. I know it seems like a lot but I know the impact it will have is well worth it!

Patrice: What does being an author, entrepreneur or business owner mean to you?

La’Krish: Providing great products, awesome customer service, consistency and being genuine. It’s also that wants to not only be at the table, but it’s making sure there’s enough room for other seats at the table.

Connect with La’Krish:

Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/lakrishmayes

Clubhouse: lakrishmayes

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/la-krish-mayes-b13005207

Twitter: lakrishmayes

YouTube: La’Krish Mayes

Meet Alexia P. Hammonds – Making HERstory with Eat. Sweat. Undress.

Meet Alexia P. Hammonds she is the Founder and CEO of Eat. Sweat. Undress., a female led brand that offers fitness, wellness, beauty, and fashion products and services to enhance the lives of women. She’s proud to be recognized as the first Black woman to create perfume in Grasse, France, the historic home of perfume. As a classically trained Pilates Instructor, former Beauty Editor, and a regular product and fashion segment television guest, Alexia decided to channel her collective 15 years of experience into retail brand that empowers women and inspires them to live a healthy, sexy, confident life unapologetically and on their own terms.

Who inspired you to create the Eat.Sweat.Undress. hair fragrances and why?

I inspired myself to create this product! Ha! I’m obsessed with fragrance and I’m obsessed with hair care. I created a product blending the best of both worlds that adds true function, fun, and luxury to hair. My perfumed Hair Mist is perfect to use after a sweaty workout, rids the hair of smoke smells, gets rid of the smell left on hair after using hot tools, rids hair of smell after receiving chemical services at salons or home, and it’s fabulous as a daily hair ritual after styling hair, before a night out, and more! It’s so sexy.

What does success look like to you?

Success looks like me being healthy physically, waking up and loving driving to the warehouse for work, shipping orders, (I’ll never get over people buying things I put my heart into. It’s a hard feeling to explain and my eyes water up all the time), being loved and supported by those I love, and living a life that makes me happy.

What kind of impact do you want your story to leave on those who read or see your story?

I want people to be inspired to execute. Execution is king. Everyone talks about their dreams, what needs to be done, and what they plan to do. It takes audacity to execute the plan. I want people to see my journey and know that all things are possible when you take accountability for yourself, when you can identify a problem and create/find/execute a solution, build a team that strengthens your weaknesses, have fierce discipline, and a true love of what you’re doing. You have to remember that your vision and ideas are yours. Someone early on told me my perfumed Hair Mist was the most tone deaf product to launch during a pandemic and well…

What would you say is your most driving motivation to keep doing what you to do?

I know what I’m doing is important and that it matters. I’m aware that I’m inspiring people as they watch my journey in business. I’m honored to be the first black woman to create fragrance in Grasse, France — the historical birthplace of perfumes. With such an honor, I take it seriously and plan to carry this torch all the way while keeping the lane lit for more minority women to follow me and possibly carry the torch even further one day. I motivate myself which is ultimately the most important thing as an entrepreneur as this isn’t a lane for those who need coddling. I believe in myself and I know I’m destined for greatness. Work ethic, my brain, and discipline will take me where I need to go!

What are you most excited or passionate about? (In both business and life or both)

In business, I’m most passionate about continuing to create fabulous products for my smart consumer base. I’m passionate about finding authentic ways to connect with our consumer base constantly. It’s more than just a sale to me. I want to build trust, loyalty, and a community. Personally, I’m passionate about self love and self improvement. I’m obsessed (in a healthy way) with edifying myself to be the best version of Alexia. I love learning more, getting healthier, loving deeper.

What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your business? What are the goals that you hold personally?

I want my perfumed Hair Mist to be the “Band Aid” brand of hair mist. What does that mean? There are a ton of different branded wound adhesives on the market but we tend to all say, “I need a Band Aid!” I’d like to scale my company to the point where large corporations want to buy it although I want to keep it and pass it down through my family. I’m building a legacy that I can be proud of. I have a real opportunity to be a leader in the fragrance space and I plan to capitalize off of it and create opportunities for other minorities who are interested in the field.

Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.

My parents. They set the standard for everything and they are my North Star. I truly had a charmed childhood. My parents have always nurtured my creativity and given me the support and resources to follow my dreams.

Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today?

Tell me about them. Life changing, no.

What’s next for you in your business/brand? What can readers look forward to from you?

ESU will be expanding our fragrance product offering, apparel, and opening up more availability for our custom design lingerie service. We will be expanding into the media arena a little bit in summer 2021!

About Eat. Sweat. Undress.

Eat. Sweat. Undress. is a female founded and led brand that offers fitness, wellness, beauty, and fashion products and services to enhance the lives of women. ESU is all about encouraging women to feel comfortable in their own skin and empowering women to confidently seek out what they want in life. ESU products and services are meant to build an undeniable sense of confidence in anyone who uses them. Its ultimate goal is to become a go-to resource for anyone seeking a curated, contemporary take on fitness, beauty, fashion, and anything else that makes them the best version of themselves.


Calling Dr. Dorsha STAT: Bridging the Gap

Dr. Dorsha James, M.D.  has known since childhood she wanted to be a physician. Affectionately referred to as “Dr. Dorsha”, for the past decade she has diligently worked to educate and treat people who don’t feel well. Dr. Dorsha was born in Pontiac, MI and graduated from Columbia Central High School in 1995 after relocating from Michigan in 1994.  She earned a full academic scholarship to attend The University of Memphis, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  During her years at the University of Memphis, she was involved in numerous student organizations including being initiated into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Dr. Dorsha took time off between her collegiate and graduate careers to work in the “real world” as a pharmacy technician and patient registration clerk in the same ER that she would work as a physician later.  She matriculated to the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University where she was graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in medical school, she excelled in scholarship and leadership which is evidenced by her election as class president and the reception of numerous scholarships and awards.  She was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, reserved for physicians who have excelled not only in academics, but those who bring compassion and service the practice of medicine.  In 2005, she became the first African American female to match into the competitive Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Dorsha has worked as an attending physician in and around the Nashville Metropolitan area serving in the roles of the Emergency Department Assistant Medical Director and Medical Director.  This was in addition to serving on multiple committees at various levels of hospital administration.  Her career has taken her to very diverse areas including rural areas of TN and KY and busy metropolitan areas where she delivers expert and compassionate care to a multi-ethnic community with many language and socio-economic barriers.  She is quoted as saying that she is “multi-lingual” as she has had to hone her people skills and her ability to explain complex conditions in a simple, easy-to-understand manner to patients with various socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds.

In 2018, she co-founded myURGENCYMD, a telehealth company that offers members 24/7 virtual urgent care with a licensed physician via video chat, phone, or email as well as access to Master’s Level therapists and other time and cost-saving benefits.  She has worked diligently to educate the general population on how to use the modern concept of telemedicine thereby giving individuals the opportunity to receive the medical answers they seek in the privacy of their home.  She is co-owner of Solutions Now, Incorporated with her wife Judge Rachel Bell.

Dr. Dorsha is also devoted to giving back to her community and spends the majority of her off time serving those in need.  She has served on Executive Boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations and served as Chair of the Board of the The FIND Design for two years. She is also President of the Board of Directors for The Ring the Bell Foundation. 

She holds or has held membership in multiple organizations including the American Medical Student Association, Emergency Medicine Residents Association, National Medical Association, American Medical Association, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Emergency Physicians, CABLE, Women in Numbers, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and has served as team captain for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk.

She has been happily married to her wife, Judge Rachel L. Bell, since February 2017.

I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Dr. Dorsha, check it out here:

You can learn more about Dr. Dorsha and her company at www.myurgencymd.com and her personal blog at www.drdorsha.com