Keisha Mabry Sells out Her First Conference

I went to the mastHER class conference, hosted by the sweet, talented, successful Keisha Mabry. I was able to talk to her about the event and how it came about. Check out the write up below from DELUX Mag!

 

Some people need guidance in life when it comes to creating a brand, finding their voice, networking and other things. Not only is Keisha Mabry the go-to “gal” for all those things but she created an event to help other women fill in their gaps of needs; she called it “mastHER Class.”

She grabs your attention with her quirky high-pitch voice saying “hey FRIEND” and with that signature saying, she used it to network, be memorable and create a conference in a short span. Keisha’s conference SOLD OUT with 250 attendees, on International Women’s Day. She purposely made the event for that Friday March 8. To get more in depth, the mastHERclass is a day-long event of 75-minute masterclasses taught by 12 women in 8 hours in 1 day. Topics are curated, cultivated and catered to the female content creator, entrepreneur and social media influencer. The 2019 topics included getting into speaking, event planning, the business of travel, media production, finding your brand voice, growing an online community, starting an e-commerce business and a few things in between.

Keisha was motivated to create the mastHERclass when she applied to speak at a branding conference for black and brown creatives and was rejected. She says the rejection bothered her because “I had attended the conference the year before and I knew how I could add value.” That rejection inspired to do her own thing instead of “investing in other people’s things and communities without investing in my own,” as she says; she created mastHERclass!

Of course she faced adversity while planning the event; which is expected when you have 8 weeks to pull this off with a head count of 250 women, with a $25k-$30k budget, But after crying, praying and even snacking, she was revived and made it happen! Her advice for facing adversity while planning an event is:

“Expect ish to happen. Expect a sponsor to say yes then say no. Expect the event space to not have everything in place. Expect technology to have a glitch and expect a volunteer or vendor to be dismissed. Things do not go off without a hitch so expect it, plan for it and have a team so you are not trying to handle everything.”

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When it came to selecting the speakers for the mastHERclass, Keisha picked them based on the problems she wanted to solve as an entrepreneur and how she wanted to move her business from the idea phase to the MVP phase to the sustainability and growth phase. She already had a network full of amazing women but she also wanted to seek out more women and as she says “the rest is herstory.” She met… click HERE to read the full story.

http://deluxmag.com/keisha-mabry-from-heyfriend-to-a-sell-out-conference-mastherclass/

If you haven’t heard about Keisha Mabry then you need to get to know her!!

 

Danii Gold out! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

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[DELUX Mag] Young Dip, Creator of 314 Day, Talks the Meaning Behind the St. Louis Day

I’m from St. Louis and we celebrate 314 day because it’s our zip code. Others recognize the day as “pi day” but us St. Louis folks know what it is.

I sat down and interviewed the creator of the day, Young Dip and he talked the true meaning behind 314 Day. Check out my DELUX Magazine Interview :

Some people may think that 314 Day was something that came out of the blue. Some refer to it as “Pi Day.” Some think of it a just a normal day, March 14, but here not only is it St. Louis’ zip code, but it’s known as 314 Day! For those who recognize the day as that, those people may go to their favorite St. Louis spot, or even eat at their favorite St. Louis restaurant like Imos or even get some Chinese Food or Ted Drewes; BUT that’s not the purpose behind the day. Young Dip, the founder of 314 Day, had and still has a different meaning behind the day and even a vision for it. He sat down with Delux to talk about it.

DELUX: What motivated you create the day, 314 Day?

Young Dip: I remember one of my mentors told me “to keep you a good circle around you.” So, I remember when I was getting the opportunity to do radio, he told me not to go in blind, to have a plan and to leave a legacy and have a lasting impression that’ll leave a foot print in the city. I remember going to the crib and praying on it. Then, this came out of nowhere. I remember thinking that I wanted something that’s going to almost be like a holiday/bring a good vibe to the city; or at least for one day have that feeling when “Country Grammar” came out or for one day no killing, just peaceful and have unity. That’s what I wanted to leave behind for the city and my daughters.

DELUX: What part of St. Louis are you from?

Young Dip: I was in a foster on the Northside, but my original family is from the Westside and Walnut Park, so I was bouncing everywhere but majority on the Westside when I got of age.

 

DELUX: Do you think your upbringing and background motivated you to create such a day of important?

Young Dip: It definitely did. Growing up as a kid in a foster home, you always get the thought of “Why am I here?” “Does anybody love me?” “Does anybody care about me?” In the back of your head, you think “once I get older, I am going to change that outlook.” I just knew I didn’t want to be in that mind state, I wanted to do better and more. I seen other people with other kids and families and that’s I wanted and that’s what I did.

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DELUX: When you first created 314 Day, did you imagine it’ll get this big? Of course, it started out as an idea, but now there’s concerts and original St. Louis spots sponsoring foods.

Young Dip: A lot of people don’t know that they got blindsided by the events, it’s actually bigger. The vision is ten times bigger than that. I’ve been trying to put together the foundation. I have the 314 Day Company, but I’ve been trying to put together the 314 Day Foundation that helps unity in the city, empower and help people’s dream flourish. It was a dream to me, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I always thought to the clouds with everything I did. Once I got people to really understand that the parties were just to get the name out.

DELUX: How big do you want it to get?

Check out his response HERE

http://deluxmag.com/young-dip-talks-314-day-and-the-actual-meaning-behind-it/

Check out the rest of the interview at the above link and SHARE IT!!

Danii Gold out!! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

It’s Women’s History Month!!

March is dedicated to Women, specifically the history they’ve made. Women have came a long way from not being able to work, to having low-class jobs to being CEOs of companies. For black women, the struggle has been even more real. History is STILL being made with black women being the “first” to be in a high position of power. BUT it’s been said that Black Women are the top entrepreneurs AS WE SPEAK, and are continuing to grow!!

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This month, I’ll be highlighting women who’ve made history or just women who simply need some shine.

Speaking of highlighting women, Paper Magazine released their cover for their March issue, which included Black Women in Hip Hop. It included interviews from artists such as Saweetie, Dreezy, Rico Nasty, City Girls, Yung Miami, Melii, Malibu Miitch, Bali Baby, Bri Steves, Kamaiyah, Cuban Doll and Asian Doll.

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Shout out to Paper Mag for doing it for the culture. They should have had Kash Doll on the cover too. How do y’all feel about the cover? Also, who are your favorite women who’ve been doing they thang? (Besides Michelle Obama)

Comment below and let me know!!

Danii Gold out ✌🏾 ✌🏾✌🏾

[DELUX Mag] I’m Dope Because…

Everyone is dope in their own way, whether it’s their accomplishments or their family that makes them dope.

Check out my Delux Story below on being a dope person.

What makes you dope as an individual? By dope, I mean the Urban Dictionary 5thdefinition, which is “adjective: cool, nice, awesome.” If a random person walked up to you on the street and asked you, “what makes you dope?” In translation, what makes you an awesome person? A cool person?

Are you dope because you have your own car and house? Or maybe, you’re dope because you are a mom and can juggle that plus being a student, and business woman?

Perhaps, it’s nothing of a materialistic nature versus an accomplishment and goal you set for yourself. Could you be dope because you beat the odds of becoming a statistic; such as graduating high school and college—dodging teen pregnancy—and even overcoming the negative image of a black person making it out of the hood?

Or are you dope because you’re the first in your family to get a college degree which paves the way for others younger than you in your family—and you vowed never to settle for less?

Your dopeness could be .. click here to read more.

http://deluxmag.com/im-dope-because/

Comment below on what makes you a dope individual.

Danii Gold out!!

 

 

 

 

[DELUX Mag] Tashara Earl and David Morgan brings Battle of the Sexes to STL

Check out the my story below on an event I attended called Battle of the Sexes. It’s a game show that originated in Atlanta by David Morgan and Tashara Earl and they decided to bring the show here. Check out the story below:

Friday night, the game show—Battle of the Sexes made its way to Lowe’s Café to give St. Louis a live preview of the show that originated in Atlanta.  The show was created by Tashara Earl of Fusion Entertainment Management (FEM), along with Chemistry 360.

Originally from St. Louis, Earl decided to bring the show to St. Louis after she received a huge amount of engagement from her social media followers. Along with Earl, host David Morgan of Luhv2Live also appeared to ensure fans would get a true taste of the show.

The concept of the game is to go head to head with the opposite sex on a controversial relationship topics and issues. Since everyone loves a good card game and turn up, before the actual game show started, guests played some Uno, Taboo, and other games, before continuing the night with drinks and a little misbehaving.

Once the show began, it was broken down into rounds. The first round was an agree or disagree game that spark real life questions and scenarios. Various scenarios surrounding marriage, child support and rearing, along with many other relationship topics captivated the audience as excitement and competitiveness filled the room.

It was nice hearing each sides point of view. In some of those questions, each sex agreed or disagree on the same question but ever had their different reason.

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Another game that was placed was called “Bullshit or Believable.” The purpose of this games was for game contestants to shout out a statement—that would either be believable or not. For instance, “Black women who are in a relationship with a white man are less likely to get cheated on.”

Click HERE to see the rest of the story

http://deluxmag.com/tashara-earl-and-david-morgan-brings-battle-of-the-sexes-to-stl/

Tell me your thought on the game and the concept. Would you come to the next Battle of the Sexes event?

Comment below and let me know.

[DELUX Mag] Nobody’s Fool Movie Review

I went to see Tyler Perry’s new movie Nobody’s Fool. Check out my review below on DeluxMag.com:

Tyler Perry released his first Rated R movie—Nobody’s Fool over the weekend—and I decided to check it out. Mainly because Tiffany Haddish is the best female comedian out right now.

The movie is about Danica (played by Tika Sumpter) dating a guy named Charlie online but has never met him before. Her sister Tanya (played by Tiffany Haddish) gets out of jail and finds out that her sister could possibly be getting catfished, so she decided to intervene and call Nev & Max from the show Catfish.

Of course, things didn’t add up…at the time, so Danica was feeling down. In between time. she goes to this coffee shop every morning before work to get her coffee and Frank, played by Omari Hardwick, is feeling her. Unfortunately, she’s not interested because she is somewhat high maintenance and she just sees him as a coffee shop owner.

She finally comes to her senses—gets with Frank—then the real Charlie shows up. Danica entertains him, and it turns out he was all that she was expecting. So, she has to win Frank back over, which she eventually did in the end.

 

Here comes the critique….

Check out the rest of the story here..

http://deluxmag.com/nobodys-fool-movie-review/

Have you seen the movie? What are your thoughts? Comment them below or on the Delux Mag website.

Danii Gold out!