#TechTuesday: Meet Shake The App

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Okay, so this one is for all of my (aspiring) freelancers and entrepreneurs. Have you recently come across a great side-hustle opportunity, but don’t know diddly-squat about drafting up the proper contract? Well, Shake is here to help relieve some of that stress.

While it gives a full disclaimer that it is NOT a substitute for actual legal counsel, Shake (think ‘handshake’) provides users with a platform to create, sign and share free legal documents in seconds. For example, if you’re a graphic designer doing work for a blogger, you would choose that particular template to create your contract:

20140930-065120.jpg

Continue reading

Millennial on a Mission: Stephanie Williams

It’s a well-known fact  that music is the many universal languages that has the ability to unique bring people together. From classical to punk rock, to R&B soul, gospel and jazz, music can excite, relax and comfort us when we need it the most.

Music is woven into the fabric of The District’s existence. As home of the legendary of Howard Theatre, 9:30 Club and Black Cat; and to late music greats Chuck Brown and Marvin Gaye, Washington, D.C. has surely become one of the nation’s unique spaces for music lovers of all types. One thing I continue to admire about my generation is that if there’s a window of opportunity to create something great, you take it. Three years ago, today’s “Millennial on a Mission” saw that there was a lack of attention on the local music scene, and has since created what the Washington Post calls “the cheerleader for Washington’s music scene.”

 

I’d like for you to meet Stephanie Williams.

 

On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to sit down with Stephanie,  the 27-year-old managing editor and founder of the online magazine DC Music Download. We met at Mockingbird Hill, a bar that’s just steps away from the venue of DCMD’s “An Autumn Spectacular!” taking place next month  The event, co-sponsored with Raise Your City, will look to benefit local music education program Guitars Not Guns, and bring together four of Washington’s most talented bands.

Over two delicious sherry-infused cocktails, Stephanie and I chatted more about DCMD’s upcoming event, her passion for music, and why she felt it was necessary to give local talent the love that they deserved.

Continue reading

20140924-075315.jpg

Fake It ‘Til You Make It.

It’s 7:35 AM.

I’m on the yellow line metro en route to my client’s office in Alexandria, trying to grasp exactly what it is I need to accomplish over the course of the day. I’m sure once I have my coffee, it’ll make much more sense.

The District is a-buzz because it is the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. So that means countless networking events, forums, brunches, discussions and after parties. Oh, and of course the conference itself. While I won’t be attending this year, I’m doing my best to stop by a few events just to mix and mingle with my peers and potential mentors. But I’ll be honest: even though I’ve lived in DC for almost 3.5 years, I still feel a little green when I’m in the same room with say, heavy hitters like Admiral Michelle J. Howard, Jeff Johnson or Angela Rye. I know, I know — they’re people just like you and me. But hearing their countless accolades, which networks they frequently serve as correspondents for, and who’ve they’ve interviewed upon receipt of an award always leaves me in awe. Now, that’s not to say I don’t have the ability to be in a similar position in the future — but their hard work, contributions to their communities and accomplishments serve as an example of what to strive for.

But more importantly, it’s a reminder to fake it ’til you make it.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned while living in The Nation’s Capitol, it’s that you’re not always going to be the smartest, most well-spoken or even the most flawless in the room — but that should never stop you from going after the things you want. While I may have felt a little green working the room full of my millennial peers with similar aspirations as myself, I also felt really inspired. Inspired to hustle harder, work smarter and build meaningful relationships. I’m a firm believer that once we move out of our own way, our definition of self will become a bit clearer. While the journey to success will undoubtedly have potholes, a few flat tires and closed exits, it’s important to enjoy and learn from every moment. You are what you THINK you are, so make sure those thoughts are all good things my friend.

To faking our way to the top, ;-)

Chasity

20110915_weekly-news-roundup_banner_img

#MillennialMonday News Roundup

Happy Monday!

Is it just me, or are we breezing pretty fast through the month of September? The first day of autumn is tomorrow, so that means summer is officially over my friends, :(

Check out the latest news, blogs and videos on the flyest generation around. Have a wonderful week!

*Monday Inspiration: “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise!” — actress Viola Davis tweeted this quote by the late Dr. Maya Angelou after the New York Times tried ALL of it on Friday.

Millennial on a Mission: Tre’vell Anderson

Happiest of Fridays to you!

As many of you know, I love Twitter. And fortunately for me, it has introduced me to a number of amazing millennials in the last year in a half that continue to inspire, motivate and encourage me to be great. Coincidentally, my soundtrack for preparing today’s Millennial on a Mission spotlight was Donny Hathaway’s ‘Young Gifted & Black’, which is incredibly fitting for a young man that describes himself as the ‘Journo of Culture Trends of Millennials.’ Not only does he keep his finger on the pulse of all things related to culture, entertainment, media, and technology, but he does it such a captivating and compelling way that adequately speaks to our generation and shows off his journalistic savvy.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Tre’vell Anderson.

trevell-1

 

Although originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Tre’vell is from a little bit of everywhere. “My mom’s in the Army and we have lived everywhere,” he says.  “Multiple parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgina, Alabama, Texas, Kansas and even Germany.” He is a proud alumnus of the   headquarters of Black male excellence, Morehouse College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Sociology. After graduating from Morehouse in 2013, Tre’vell took his talents west to Stanford University where he received his MA in journalism this past June. At the end of this month, he will start his journalism career as a reporter for the L.A. Times in their Metpro Training Program.

Continue reading

#TechTuesday: Meet Checky The App

20140916-081347.jpg

We’re all guilty of it: checking out smartphones multiple times during the day just to see if we’ve gotten another text or like on an Instagram photo. But have you ever wondered how many times you do that a day?

Well, there’s an app for that. The Checky App keeps track of how many times you check your iPhone or Android over the course of the day. Once you download it, you must keep it open (in the background) so that it’s able to monitor your touch. This can even be as simple as clicking your home button to view the time — Checky doesn’t miss a beat!

In an interview with TechCrunch, founder of the Checky App Alex Tew says that he has checked his phone as many as 100 times a day.

In my opinion, the true purpose of Checky is to make we smartphone users more aware of our dependence on these objects, and how we can learn to control our need to always “be connected.” While yesterday I only checked my phone 43 times (I downloaded it mid-afternoon), knowing that an electronic tally was being taken of my activity made me more mindful of how many times I picked up my phone — even it was to check the time.

Are you going to download Checky? Let me know and we can become accountability partners! ;-)

Chasity

(h/t TechCrunch)

20110915_weekly-news-roundup_banner_img

#MillennialMonday News Roundup

And the happiest of Mondays to you, my friend!

You know the drill — below are some of the top news stories about the coolest generation EVER. I hope you have a wonderful week!