Why Kobe’s Death Made an Impact on My Own Life.


As many of you may already know, the legendary Kobe Bryant & his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash last Sunday, along with seven other victims. May they all rest in paradise. Honestly, no one saw this coming and that’s how it usually happens, suddenly. Hearing the news that Kobe passed away was heartbreaking and quite frankly unbelievable. As a child, I watched Kobe play ball with the greats as I spent time with my own father. I grew to love basketball because it was something that I could enjoy with my daddy. My daddy was a workaholic, he was always away from our home to provide for us and my mom, but he always made time to watch football, boxing, racing and my favorite, basketball. We would gather around the tv to watch the playoffs, the finals, the all star game! It brought our family together, even if it was for a short period of time. I miss those days. Hearing that Kobe passed away broke my heart because it almost felt like he was apart of our family. We watched him grow from a boy, to a mature adult. We witnessed when he made mistakes & bounced back from them as well. He was a father, a husband, a son, a legend! No one could deny his greatness! Let Kobe’s death be a lesson to everyone. Life is too short, I know you may hear that often, but it’s so true. When it’s your time to go, it nothing you can do or say. Live your life to the fullest! Embrace your love ones. Take chances. Be a blessing to others. Tell those who are near and dear to you, that you love them. XOXO Samone Lashae.

Miguel Akando: Hip Hop Artist


If you are anything like me, you’re picky about the type of music you choose to indulge in. Please don’t get me wrong, I listen to a lot of genres of music but my absolute favorite genre has to be hip hop and I am not talking about that mumble music either. I love listen to music that has a story behind it. It make things more interesting. So I ran across this artist by the name of Miguel Akando and I must admit he is pretty dope! His music paints a picture when you listen to his lyrics. He is a 20 years old hip hop artist and he identifies himself as a Native American/Indigenous American. “I’ve always had a passion for the arts of music, art, fashion and entertainment. When I was a kid, my nephew and I would just freestyle off the top of our heads and remix songs on the radio. Now it’s decade later and I’m in the process of releasing my first official 6 song EP “Ways to the Tribe”. The EP is really a big story and many of the songs on the project has multiple meanings. I liked the idea of my first project being an introduction project so this project is centered around my Native/ Indigenous culture. It’s really a story about a boy becoming a man and going through challenges to ultimately become worthy of the title “Chief. ” Don’t just take my word for it, go check out



this lyrical genius on his social media.

Facebook: Miguel Akando (Black Eyce)
Instagram: @chiefpapiii
Twitter: @BlackEyce_
Also, here is an exclusive preview of Miguel Akando’s work. Hope you enjoy! Signing off. XOXO
“Ways to the Tribe” Black Eyce -Chief https://soundcloud.com/blackeyce/chief “Ways to the Tribe” Black Eyce -Oxytocin Music https://m.soundcloud.com/blackeyce/black-eyce-oxytocin-music

Jacey Jackson


Ms. Jacey Jackson is an author from the city of Chicago. She recently dropped her first book, which is called “Not Until He’s Ready” and is currently working on “He’s still not ready,” and “Ready or not.” Her life experience inspired her to write. “I have always been a reader. My love for that never changed, the genre of the books did. So I think different writing styles influenced me. You begin to vision yourself into the story, and it sparks something in you. As you read over the years, you see what you love about and being to want to give what you love to the next generation of readers.” Jacey says she faced alot of challenges in her life. “When I wrote my first book, I was recovering from a major surgery. I had been diagnosed with early stages of ovarian cancer, and underwent a hysterectomy. So I now had the time to attempt my dream of being a writer So outside of the obvious of writing and recovery, I also was limited in getting certain resources.” Her story is indeed aspiring, although she was battling with cancer, she decided to not allow that challenge to stop her from chasing after her dreams. “No matter how screwed up you are, there is always somebody for everybody. People get depressed and caught up in them having to settle or be alone because of who they are, and thats not the case.” You can follow this author on her Facebook at Author Jacey Jackson, her Facebook group at Sipping Tea with Jacey and Instagram Lady Jacey Jackson.


Meet Mrs. Twanita Dozier


Are you a entrepreneur? Do you need help getting your business of the ground? Are you interested in platform that would allow exposure to your business?  If so, Twanita is the person for you. This beauty is originally from the south side of Chicago, but currently resides in Virginia working on her online magazine geared towards black entrepreneurs. The name of her magazine is “Boss Up Magazine” “For those who are just starting a business, it can be difficult to get your name and/ or business known, and it can be especially difficult to get support. My online magazine provides a platform to help black entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations get the support and recognition that they need.I am all about empowering and helping others, and my magazine allows me to do as such.” Twanita has been working on her magazine since early October, however, it has been taking off! If you would like to be featured in her magazine, don’t hesitate to reach out to her! (all features are free) you can contact her at http://www.bossupmag.org  www.theallurebrand.com. Also, you can follow her on instagram at @_alluredbyher @_beallured and @bossupmag. Enjoy!


Shanti Helena


With all the craziness that is going on in our society, it is kinda hard to tell if someone is being truthful or honest in their relationship. Social media definitely doesn’t help at all with this situation. Shanti Helena is the author of  “Why Side Chicks Winning.” Shanti Helena was inspired by her own personal relationships. “Throughout my past I had a lot of heart breaks. Recently, I was dating a guy who lied to me the entire time . I was a “side chick” the entire relationship. So instead of crying and wondering why I have bad luck with me, I started writing a book about Side Chicks. In addition, I watch people around me go through so many bad relationships. My target  audience is men and women who have encountered cheating within relationships, women who do not know how to please their men, and men who do not know how to treat a woman . Most of viewers are between the ages of 28 to 45 years old. My ultimate goal is to enlighten men and women in relationships of the do’s and don’t. Nobody is perfect in life but working on your relationship is very important. I hope my videos and books can help grow relationships in a better way.” Currently, Shanti Helena’s book is still in production but once it is release, it will be available on Amazon.com. In the mean time go follow this beauty on Instagram @Shanti.Helena. You won’t be disappointed !!!