Author Archive: Cassie Richardson

‘Real Husbands’ is a Real Winner!

My television stopped tuning into BET many moons ago. I can’t recall the day when I decided I couldn’t stomach another raunchy music video, or lame sitcom, or tired drama from that network’s cable signal. But when I split with BET, I never looked back. The BET Awards couldn’t bring me back—I forget to watch them every year.  I tried watching their 2009 tribute to Michael Jackson but even that didn’t hold my attention past…
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Advice for the Broken-Hearted

Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined my lifestyle would revolve around the facts that I am single and I don’t have children.  But it is what it is…and today, I’m not sure I have regrets. I have my own place; plenty of friends; one big, fuzzy cat; and two beautiful nieces—niecey-poo and niece-a-lina—who I adore.  My schedule is my own. And in many cases, eliminating drama from my life is as easy as getting…
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RTM’s Top 5 Reasons to Watch Reality TV

OK, I’ll admit it! This morning, when I should have been working, I watched reality television…and yes, I was wearing fuzzy pink slippers, and I snacked on cookies (Pecan Sandies) while kicking back in my most comfortable living room chair. And guess what? I don’t feel guilty. As a matter of fact, I feel energized and inspired after watching last night’s episode of  The Voice, which I missed because I worked through the evening. Thank…
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10 Surefire Confidence Boosters You Can Try Today!

Past experiences, the things people say,  even the everyday challenges of life can chip away at our ability to achieve our dreams and goals. ..unless we have confidence. Confidence gives us the courage to visualize change and take risks necessary to get us there. But  let’s face it, every MaeB won’t feel confident about everything in every situation, every day. The good news is there are things we can do to build confidence. I was…
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The Downside of Down Time

Chanel

In the cool–sometimes cruel–world of entrepreneurship, there’s a (sometimes dangerous) thing called down time. “The hours when I’m not planning or building or otherwise thinking about my new business are few and far between. I’m working just as hard, maybe even harder, than I did when working for someone else,” says new Entrepreneur/Author Chanel Reynolds. However today, Chanel took the time to read an interesting article tweeted by celebrity Star Jones (The American lawyer chick…
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Entrepreneur Scores With Sorority Chic

If you want something done right, then it just might pay to do it yourself. That’s what entrepreneur Janece Kerr discovered in 2010 when she launched The Couture Soror, her thriving apparel company, which specializes in high-fashion sorority garments for members of the Divine Nine Greek letter organizations. In less than two years—and despite the prevailing, challenged economy—she took her business from concept to sought-after brand by satisfying and staying true to her own demands…
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Change Your Eating Habits in 7 Days

“I’m  thinking about becoming a vegetarian.” I’ve heard it countless times from friends, family members, associates and acquaintances looking for motivation to eat right and conquer the diet portion of the healthy lifestyle equation. (Let’s chat about the other half of this equation, exercise, a little later…I can be a major procrastinator in this areaJ). A Flirtation with Vegetarianism In October 2008, as I approached my annual 34th birthday, I noticed that the back pleat of…
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Does it Pay to be an Angel?

Meet Angel Stevenson. Thirty-five years ago, just seconds after her birth–which happened after exactly 30 minutes of labor and two long pushes–Angel’s mother took one look at the swirl of fine curls on top of the newborn’s head and knew she had been blessed with the task of raising someone special. In Pursuit of Perfection Only the best would do for little Angel.  Private schools.  Fancy vacations (so what if the family survived mostly on Ramen…
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Working Late Presents an Impossible Choice

The moment of truth arrived in what seemed like warped speed. Roxie had already clicked the snooze button on her computer’s calendar twice, but she knew it would be another hour before she could leave the office. Her morning started like most other days of the week. Roxie woke at 5 a.m., after exactly five hours of sleep. She sat on the side of the bed for 15 minutes, ready to make an early morning…
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Chicago Jazz Vocalist Launches Debut CD

For jazz vocal stylist Tracye Smith, discovering her life’s delight was easy. “Singing has always been my passion. My first performance was at 8 years old,” she said. Since then, Smith found herself singing (and loving the attention performing brings) at informal gatherings, and weddings, and political fundraisers, and with the Trinity United Church of Christ Women’s Chorus. Yet the idea of earning a living with her vocal talent was never a serious consideration…until recently.…
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