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#MillennialMonday News Roundup: April 15 – 21

Happy Monday!

Tons of great content was shared this past week, so dig in and enjoy! Have a wonderful and productive week, everyone!

 

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Millennial on a Mission: Porshia Derival

 

 

This week’s ‘Millennial on a Mission’ is not only an innovative visionary, but she is also a personal role model to me. Her work in the world of arts and entertainment has been futuristic, timeless and captivated the hearts and minds of thousands of New Yorkers. She truly eats, breathes and sleeps her passion — and is working tirelessly to transcend the art of hip-hop dance as we know it. Even in the midst of adversity, she has persevered and continues to move forward with her dream of changing the way women are viewed in the dance industry. I truly admire her strength, and her ability to remain authentic in all facets of her professional journey.

 

I’d like for you to meet Porshia Derival.

 

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Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island, Porshia is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she studied Women and Gender Studies. She is currently  the Executive Director of H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, the only conservatory for hip-hop dance in the country. “H+ is an institution dedicated to preserving the art form of hip-hop dance through the students educated,” Porshia says. But this isn’t her first time running a dance company. While at Syracuse, she served as the co-director of the largest student-run dance organization, DanceWorks, where she had the opportunity to dance and choreograph for a cast of 100+ undergraduates. “I started as a member of the cast my freshman year, and by my senior year I served on the executive board,” she says. “This was my first experience of really understand how much it takes to operate a dance organization.”

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Wisdom Wednesday: Do It Anyway.

‘What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.” – Mother Theresa

 

Fear. It’s those millions of butterflies floating in the pit of your stomach. The cold sweat that keeps you up at night. The wooziness you feel right before you tell your crush you like them. It’s that annoying feeling we experience often, but  one of the most powerful things to ever conquer. I’ve always viewed fear as a challenge — a challenge to step out of my comfort zone, be brave and learn something new. Every time I click publish on a new blog post, I tense up and think simultaneously, “What if no one reads this post?” or “What if no one agrees with what I have to say?” It’s those thoughts that can sometimes deter me from following through, but I know that in the end I would only be doing myself (and my awesome readers) a major disservice by not doing so.

I was chatting with my friends over drinks a few months ago, and the topic of sleeping schedules came up. I had mentioned that I had been awake since 4 AM writing blog posts and they looked at me as if I were an alien. “Who gets up in the middle of the night to write?”, one of them asked. I couldn’t quite explain why I enjoy watching the sunrise while listening to music and typing in WordPress, but it makes me happy. And as I look to take my dream(s) to the next level, I’ve never felt more nervous in my life. Pressure builds and responsibilities become greater, but I’m learning that the hard work we decide to put in now, will always yield a greater reward.

Pharrell’s recent interview with Oprah is proof of that. Everyone knows his latest hit “Happy” is blowing up the charts, but that wasn’t always the case. Like all artists, I’m sure he had no idea what the world’s reaction to the song and the video would be, but he put it out anyway. And little did he know would it become a worldwide phenomenon — so much that it moved him to tears. Everything we do (whether we know it our not) has an effect on someone else — and we can’t forget that. Our actions, thoughts and emotions will always impact someone else, and we can’t let mistakes or even a few bad days get in the way of us achieving the impossible.

We’ve all been placed on this Earth to live out our respective callings, but we must be willing to pursue them fearlessly. Yes, we are going to grow tired, get frustrated and eventually run out of ideas, but we’ve got to be willing to take the risk and keep pressing forward

Whether that is sacrificing a few hours of sleep before heading to work, staying in on a Friday night or investing a portion of our savings into building a website, DO IT ANYWAY. Yes, people will make fun of you, ignore your requests and even tell you “no” — but DO IT ANYWAY. Don’t be THAT person who looks back 10 years from now and wishes they should’ve, could’ve and would’ve. Pursue that goal right now!

As you move forward in your week, I always want to encourage you to keep going — but persevere with purpose. Never cease reading, listening, and seeking for answers. And always remember to show gratitude with a cheerful heart.

Because in the end, it was never between you and them anyway,

 

Chasity

#MillennialMonday News Roundup: April 8th – April 14th

Happy Monday, friends!

Peep this week’s roundup of millennial articles, podcasts and more. Have a great week!

How Personal Branding Got Drake to Host the ESPYS

 

Yesterday afternoon, Drake announced on Twitter that he would  be hosting this year’s ESPYS. And while some weren’t surprised by decision given Drake’s recent super-fandom unwavering support for the University of Kentucky at Monday night’s NCAA Championship game in Dallas, I think it was simply the (strategic) icing on the cake.

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#Ask4More on National Equal Pay Day

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Happy Tuesday!

Did you know that only 7% of women negotiate their salaries? Or that if women don’t negotiate the salaries, they could lose over $1 million in their lifetime? I don’t about you, but that’s a lot of pesos one could save for a rainy day, invest or even spend to take the trip of thee dreams!

Today is National Equal Pay Day, and President Obama has made an official proclamation that ensures women will receive more for the work that they do. It’s no surprise that our make counterparts make a LOT more than they do, and they aren’t afraid to ask for it. We all know that money is something that can be difficult to talk about, but it’s simply the way of the world. So ladies, it’s time for us to “lean in”, be bold and ask for what we deserve. The workforce as we know it continues to evolve as women take more leadership roles, and it is vital that we are compensated fairly. And let’s face it, if we want to really show them #WhoRunTheWorld, we can’t be afraid to stand up and speak up!

Levo League has an awesome campaign surrounding today’s monumental occasion called #Ask4More, and I’m asking you to join me in signing a pledge encouraging women all over the county to do just that:

Take the pledge!

When was the last time you asked for something you wanted? Here’s our chance to fearless, tactful and confident in getting what we deserve.

Because when women succeed America succeeds,

Chasity

#MillennialMonday News Roundup: April 1st – April 7th

Happy April, Friends!

Another Monday morning, another bountiful news roundup. I hope that you all have a wonderful week!

 

Wisdom Wednesday: Don’t Take Anything Personally

 

Happy April, Friends!

Not too long ago, I finished the book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and was so inspired by one of the agreements in particular — Don’t Take Anything Personally. Growing up, I was a particularly a very sensitive child and took most (if not all) things that people said to me to heart. Now that I’m older, I’ve learned how to decipher someone’s honest truth from their need to just hear themselves speak. Let me break this down a little bit…

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#MillennialMonday News Roundup: March 25 – 31

Happy Monday!

Here is this week’s roundup of millennial news goodness. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Millennial on a Mission: Keilah Johnson

Happy Friday!

It’s hard to believe that Women’s History Month is almost over, but I’ve had a blast spotlighting so many amazing young women over the last few weeks. Today’s “Millennial on a Mission” and I share similar passion for dissecting elements of mainstream media, and how it has an effect on the youth of today. She has taken it a step further by resigning from her first job to pursue her dream of starting her own nonprofit organization. Through workshops, after school programs and mentoring, she works to encourage young people to resist negative imagery in the media, and empowers them to make positive life choices.

I’d like to introduce to you Keilah Johnson.

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Hailing from Lithionia, Georgia, Keilah is a 2012 graduate of Georgia College and State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. While she was convinced that she wanted to go to Howard University or Syracuse University (Go Orange!), her mother thought otherwise. “I attended GSCU mainly because my mom said, ‘This is where God told me you need to be.” And as we all know, momma knows best. Shortly after graduating, she started her first job as an account executive at PR firm in Atlanta, but after nine months decided that it was not the right fit or platform for my passions and faithfully resigned. Currently, Keilah is the Executive Director of Truth in Chaos, a non-profit organization she founded last year, as well as a red carpet correspondent and life coach.

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