Meet DJ CandiKrush: Skateboard Industry Trailblazer & DJ

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Candace, better known as DJ CandiKrush! She is a DJ and the owner of C-Krush Skateboards, which is a skateboard line for collectors of art and riders. This girl is serving #BlackGirlMagic and making powerful strides to leave her footprint in the world. Check out my interview with her as she talks about how she got started and her advice to new entrepreneurs.

You can find her boards online and at Cookie Wear Boutique in Union Station (Downtown DC).

Keep up with DJ CandiKrush as she blazes new trails in the skateboard industry! Follow @dj_candikrush.ckrushskate

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Rap Video Saved Afghan Teen From Forced Marriage

Music has always been known to be one of the strongest forms of self expression. In this particular case, Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year old girl from Afghanistan uses music as a voice for women’s rights.

According to CNN, Sonita, then 16 was a victim of forced marriage in Afghanistan.

Sonita’s brother needed a $7,000 dowry for his soon-to-be bride. Her mother thought she could get $9,000 for selling Sonita into marriage.

“I asked her, ‘How can you sell your daughter?'” she exclaims. “She said it’s tradition in our country.” 

Indeed, the tradition of a bride price is practiced throughout the developing world, explains Noorjahan Akbar, an outspoken women’s rights activist. But for poorer families, Akbar says, it often translates into a practice that can harm young girls.

Devastated by this, Sonita resulted to expressing her feelings by writing a rap song. Teaming up with an Iranian filmmaker, she made a music video called “Daughters for Sale.”

After uploading the video to YouTube, Sonita was contacted by the Strongheart Group, an organization that helps individuals directly impacted by social issues tell their story. They offered to sponsor a student visa for her to come to the United States, where she could attend Wasatch Academy on a full scholarship.

Sonita, did not hesitate to jump on this opportunity. She would be able to finally get a formal education and not have to worry about being sold.

Although Sonita enjoys life in the United States, she plans to return to Afghanistan as a rapper for women’s rights. She knows it’s dangerous to be a female activist in a deeply conservative country, but, she says, “my country needs a person like me.”

“My family, they changed their minds,” Sonita says. “If I can change their minds with my music, then maybe I can change the world.”

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Press Play: Erykah Badu Hotline Bling Remix

By now you’ve probably heard at least one remix of Drake’s song Hotline Bling. Nick Jonas, Keyshia Cole, Jadakiss, and Sam Smith are just a few that have dropped remixes to this song. Then there was Erykah Badu..

Erykah Badu’s remix is by far the BEST I’ve heard. She’s added a completely different vibe (and humor) to this track towards the end. I absolutely love this woman. Erykah Badu is such a breath of fresh air as she continues to stay true to her sound and her art.

Listen and comment below

Love Your Curls Dove Campaign

Dove never fails to put a smile on my face with their campaigns but this one in particular brought a tear to my eye. We always tell little girls to love themselves and embrace their natural beauty but are we setting the example? This campaign video does an EXCELLENT job displaying that!

Girls are seven times more likely to love their curls if people around them do!

This hits home (of course) because women of color particularly are not a fan of their natural hair. Personally, for years, my hair almost defined me! I was known for my fierce short cuts and always switching up the color. When I decided to do the “big chop” and rock my natural hair a year ago it was liberating but the journey after the chop was excruciating. I was so uncomfortable, I felt exposed, ugly, young (and not in a good way), and the list continues. It was seeing other women rocking their tiny afros, bald heads, twist outs, and big hair that comforted me. They were sooo gorgeous to me! And it helped build my confidence and feel I was gorgeous too.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my braids and my wigs, but only if I feel like rocking that style. I learn have learned to embrace my natural hair and love it! I know the babies are watching and it’s up to us to set the example. Rock those curls girl!!

#LoveYourCurls

Support Alert: Black-Owned Restaurant Month

Foodies! If you love food just as much as I do you are not going to want to miss this! I DON’T DO CLUBS, a blog that caters to young black professionals looking for a “different way to party” beyond the typical nightclub scene, is curating Black-Owned Restaurant Months. The first launch was last month in New York City, and now it’s headed to DC!

Since 1992, the original Restaurant Week has introduced millions of foodies to new and exciting eateries and become an international institution. Why not bring this same movement to the Black community?

For just $30, Black-Owned DC eateries will treat their guests to a custom three-course prix fixe dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Black-Owned Restaurant Month ends Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

It is so exciting to see an event that caters strictly to supporting black businesses! It is our responsibility to make sure that our money is flowing back into the black community and keep black owned businesses doors open. Awareness is the first step so spread the word and go support. Shout out to founder and editor-in-chief Genese Jamilah!

I can taste the sweet butter biscuits now! Yummmm

More Info & Details HERE

Clench and Release

I seriously can not get enough of Charla Lauriston‘s hilarious comedy web series Clench and Release. I was literally in tears when I saw the first episode. Enjoy!

Clench & Release is an original series that follows Charla, an up-and-coming comedian, as she navigates the frustrating, clench-worthy situations that inspire her stand-up.Watch Charla as she chases love and stand-up in the face of fried chicken. 

charlaCharla Lauriston, a stand-up comedian in New York City, is the writer and creator of Clench & Release. In 2013, Charla became a finalist in the NBC/UCB Diversity Showcase, was featured on MTV (Other)’s Truth or Dare, and was listed as one of 8 Black Women Ready for SNL by Essence Magazine. Charla enjoys watching way too much television, tacos, Iyanla Vanzant, Pride & Prejudice (with Colin Firth), and sharing her comedy with you.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

As if being awkward isn’t bad enough, being black too is the worst! Issa Rae does a fantastic job portraying the day to day of a young awkward black girl in her award-winning comedy web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl follows the life on an awkward black girl named “J”. The story is told through first-person narrative as J reveals how she deals with her co-workers, love interest, and uncomfortable situations.

Here’s the first episode! I promise you’ll be hooked. Enjoy!

issa rae With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 25 million views and nearly 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes and ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO. Rae also released a book of essays with Simon & Schuster in February 2015.

Entrepreneur vs Artist – Which One Are You?

For years my inner creative and my inner businesswoman were at WAR! Something as simple as getting dressed in the morning was one of my biggest struggles. I for one dislike traditional business attire but I wanted to be taken seriously if I stumbled across a networking/business opportunity.

While most view being a DJ as a fun job where I get to turn up a few nights a week, in reality I’m running my own business. The DJ world is very competitive and I’m completely responsible for branding, marketing, and booking myself. Most of the articles I would read about entrepreneurship discouraged me and I couldn’t figure out why.

One day while scrolling through Instagram a friend of mine posted the headline of an article Face It: You’re Not An EntrepreneurIt caught my eye because the post came from a friend of mine that started her own non-profit and an online shopping boutique. But it wasn’t just the title that got me, it was the article image!

via the8percent.com

via the8percent.com

I remember thinking to myself [OMG] I’m definitely the girl with the pink glasses and the feathered earrings. Does this mean I’m not an entrepreneur? Then what was I? It was time to face the music… The article goes on to say: 

If your Work is building, selling and buying businesses, you’re an entrepreneur. 

If your Work is the subject of your business—a passion for helping a particular group of people or around a particular product or subject, you’re an artist.

Still not sure?

Ask yourself this:

If someone offered you a reasonable amount of money for your business, would you sell it?

If the answer is a resounding “yes”—if you’d happily flip what you’ve got and take the money to go into the next thing—then chances are, you’re an entrepreneur.

If the answer is “no”—if you’d struggle to let go of the thing you’ve built, if it’s your passion, if you love your community and your employees—then chances are, you are NOT an entrepreneur.

Interesting, right? But wait, if you felt your heart drop a little (because of course who doesn’t want the cool “entrepreneur” title), you must know one is not better than the other! For example, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates are ARTISTS and Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerburg are ENTREPRENEURS. That should boost your confidence because all the gentleman above are definitely winning. Still not convinced? Check out the full article HERE.

Celebrity Spotlight – PUMA by Rihanna Creeper

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We love Rihanna for her music and her game changing creativity but she is also quite the business woman leaving a huge footprint in the fashion world. RiRi was announced the Women’s Brand Ambassador and Creative Director at PUMA in December of last year. Through this partnership, she has now release her own shoe – PUMA by Rihanna Creeper.

Rihanna has been spotted prior to the official release with “sneak peeks” of the new PUMA style on her feet. The sneaker features a Puma Suede-like upper with a chunky creeper sole unit. Punk meets rebel, definitely a representation of the iconic pop star.

The sneakers are officially out at selected retailers. Go RiRi!!l