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The Entertainment: Why “The Photograph” is important for the culture.

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So I’m walking with my best friend and we always talk about all things: current events, politics and most of all, we have a love for all things nerdy and film-oriented. A day doesn’t go by where we share or debate the merits/demerits of political candidates, the latest social scandal or a flick hitting movie theaters.

This is where Stella Meghie’s ” The Photograph” comes in. Here’s some context: Canadian Born, Stella has what might be the most anticipated film hitting theaters on Valentine’s Day. The Photograph story occurs “When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life — an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.” (SOURCE)

Why has this movie has struck a cord so much with me? I for one, cannot wait to run and see it because collectively my best friend and I couldn’t remember or place a black, romance film done in the last twenty years. What was the last one? Love Jones? (which is also available on Netflix ya’ll). With the recent addition of The Photograph, we questioned why was a pure African-American, love story missing from mainstream movies in recent years? I mean, I’m about a love story, a black love story even more so. I mean you can catch me watching Deliver Us From Eva ( High Key love Gabrielle Union) to Vivica Fox giving me assertive and got it together in Two Can Play That Game, but there was definitely a gap in trying to figure out when a movie like this had last been released. I enjoy taking in a theater released love story that’s steeped in external trauma. I love Barry Jenkins y’all so Moonlight and If Beal Street Could Talk counts for me, but they are hard pills to swallow emotionally. Even Queen and Slim, it’s a love story yes, but it is also a story wrought with looming tragedy. I could see past the stories that have deep conflict or disfunction and enjoy them just the same.

For me, The Photograph, which is poised to bring love, blackness and the always amazing Issa Rae together with a soul-searching story line, that throws in a cross generational element and I realized clearly from the teaser what I was missing in my life. I applaud the story and honestly place it somewhere special because it’s what has been missing in cinema for a quite a while now (remember I said it’s been twenty years earlier?) and that’s worth going to a theater and supporting for the message it can send to the audience, to young love.

Issae Rae spoke to XONecole.com and said regarding the timeless Love Jones that

“I remember seeing Nia Long, and you know, I didn’t think I looked like Nia Long, but I was like, ‘Look at this brown skin girl…she’s so gorgeous.’ And she was someone to aspire to. So the more and more images that we have like that, the more it’s a recognition of our beauty.”

I couldn’t agree more. Go see it Champs.

SOME REVIEWS

XONecole.com
‘The Photograph’ Is A Visual Sanctuary Where Dark Skin Women Are Extolled As Soft, Vulnerable And Deserving Of Love
Normal love stories are our birthright, not just some fantasy.
By Keiyara Kelly

Indie Wire
‘The Photograph’ Review: Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield Sizzle in a Strangely Plotted Cross-Generational Romance
By Kate Erbland

The Atlantic
The Art of Shooting a Modern Black Romance
In The Photograph, starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, the director Stella Meghie embraces darker lighting and story lines alike.
By Hannah Giorgis

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Digital Business Cards

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Ok Champs, in this fast-moving world, going from event to event, flying out and making connections, we are always on the go and we never want to miss a moment of connecting to potential collaborators, or clients.

Those moments require us to be prepared with the quintessential asset, a business card, but there is often that dreaded moment when you are on fire and networking your ass off and then you run out of your business card, we can use digital business cards to still make that connection!

A digital business card is just a way for you to connect with more people, in a single simple interface, it also allows you to build your Client Relationship Management database or C.R.M ( ill do a post about CRM’s later)

Let me share some of the platforms I enjoyed:

L Card

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This platform not only allows you to build an e-card to send via text, email, QR code

Also, you can scan cards you engage and build a database, where you can even group by the event or conference.

Haystack

Haystack

Love this platform because it is hyper-visual!

You don’t have to have the app to receive the card.

This platform is especially great because it also allows your company to have a uniform digital card to share too! All with a consistent template and brand!

SwitchIt

So Switchit has a really great set of features, of course, you can build your card, and you can adopt it for your whole company.

It also has a free version which is great if you are starting on a budget.

The real key feature here is the ability to add video and content to those that receive the card from you, it also doesn’t make the recipient beholden to using the app, they can still see all the content.

Ok champs, these are the three platforms that I played around with, but if you have any others let me know! I just think it’s a great option to have a digital go to when you are networking, just in case you run out of your paper cards or you forget your cards at home, It happens to the best of us, but we never forget our phones!

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Managing A Small Business

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Managing a business can sometimes be challenging, especially when you’re new to the game. It can also be very stressful when you don’t know where to start. In order to make your business successful, you need to make sure you make the right choices and  taking the right path. Here are some ways for you to start your business the right way.

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Do You Have A Feature Wall?

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When someone walks into your office, are they wowed with excitement? Does your office give them a doctor’s office kind of vibe? If you answered yes to the latter question then you need to reevaluate your office space…unless you’re a doctor. You need to open your mind to the idea of a ‘Feature Wall’ *jazz hands*

You’ve probably heard the term “feature wall,” and your common-sense definition probably isn’t too far off. But what exactly is this wall, and why should you feature it? In a nutshell, it’s one wall that’s showcased in a different color or finish than the other walls in the room — and we have dozens of feature wall ideas for you.

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Learn From The Failures And Successes Of Others

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Shark Tank is one of the most popular prime-time TV shows to date. It’s a more realistic “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” Everyone wants to make money off of their crazy ideas that were formed while attending a day rave or in the middle of a conversation with a pal. Indeed, these people have made great inventions that have positively altered our lives [Thank you Squatty Potty].

TJ Hale stated “Almost every time I finish reading an article about Shark Tank, I think to myself, ‘If they only knew. . . ‘ The reason is that I have interviewed more than 100 of the best entrepreneurs from the show. And, I’ve found, a sizeable chunk — 80 minutes on average — of their pitches does not make it on to TV. Here are five other fun insights I gained about Shark Tank that most viewers don’t know: ” Click here to read more.

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Happiness has no price

In life nothing is more important than being happy. Money, relationships, materials things only bring temporary joy. Everyone needs happiness no matter who you are or where you are, everyone seeks happiness. Whether they know that now or figure out later on in life, being happy and truly enjoying life before life is better than anything money could buy. Money can’t buy you happiness.Click here if you seek true happiness

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16 Things I’d Hate to Live Without

Intelligence is bliss

Everyone has a “10 things I hate about you” list for the internet. If you don’t then you are blessed with the skills of a tech ninja and I respect you Mr.Miyagi. Entrepreneur created a list of 16 tools that entrepreneurs shouldn’t live without that was suggested by entrepreneurs like myself and anyone reading this blog. I personally think this a great addition to my utility belt and I hope you can add a few to yours.

Communication is key if you want to be successful in any business. You have to learn that there is a time to talk and a time to shut your mouth and listen to what others have to say. One thing to remember is that you don’t have all the answers and that is okay. Continue to bring your opinions to the table, but you also have to be mindful that you are not the only person at the table with a brain. If your mind stays open, so will your business.

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It Takes Three to Tweet

Success is everything

It may take two to make things go right and make them out of sight, but I will show you that three heads are better than one, especially on dragons in video games and in making the motion of writing a coherent and savvy tweet.

Social Media marketing is making a turn for the better. Businesses that have strong social media marketing strategies are indeed more successful. There is a high chance that the reason behind no one walking into your store, or using you as the middleman is because you are not on the map. The internet is the map, and if you do not know how to manipulate it to work in your favor you will not progress towards success.

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