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Flickr/Ben

Too many people are pretending to be rich

Let's be real, there are many different factors that impact the financial land. Trust funds and generational wealth are not afforded to us all, and life can always shake up one's financial plans for retirement. While how we handle, acquire and perceive money is greatly nuanced, one thing remains true: you can't spend money you don't have. Read the entire article here.


Beyoncé becomes a tech startup investor | TechCrunch

Not only is The Queen continuing to sell out stadiums on multiple rounds of her amazing Formation World Tour, but her management company Parkwood Entertainment has also invested $150,000 in the tech startup selling her tour merchandise. The investment in Sidestep, an app for streamlining the process of buying concert merchandise, now adds the already-mogul to the running list of artists who are also tech startup investors.

Who runs the world? Clearly Beyonce, and I'm here for it! Check out the article here.


THE LUKE CAGE SYLLABUS: A BREAKDOWN OF ALL THE BLACK LITERATURE FEATURED IN NETFLIX’S LUKE CAGE

We, too, are obsessed with Luke Cage! Check out the breakdown of the Black literature featured in the Netflix original here, and continue to immerse yourself in the greatness of the series.


 Deadstock Coffee, a sneaker-themed coffee shop in downtown Portland owned by Ian Williams. August 4, 2016. Beth Nakamura/Staff

Deadstock Coffee, a sneaker-themed coffee shop in downtown Portland owned by Ian Williams. August 4, 2016. Beth Nakamura/Staff

Janitor turned Nike shoe developer starts community coffeehouse

From janitor to shoe developer to coffee industry entrepreneur, Ian Williams' creativity and drive knows no limits. In fact, the man truly embodies the definition of embrace the process. While making the leap from doing odd jobs to developing shoes for Nike seems like almost an impossible feat, it wouldn't be the last time Williams would break new ground despite the odds against him. Read his story, check out what makes coffee shops so special in building communities, and learn more about the history behind Portland, black-owned coffee shops here.


 Photo credit: Quinnton Harris

Photo credit: Quinnton Harris

I Took the Leap from Wall Street to Join a Tech Startup in Silicon Valley

Such an inspirational story about taking the great leap of faith in your career. Read the entire article here.

 

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HarperCollins


  Master p & Solange in the studio working on new music v. Instagram.

Master p & Solange in the studio working on new music v. Instagram.


 

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How I Built This

I discovered How I Built This after listening to an old episode of Ted Radio Hour on a flight this weekend. If the stories behind the unorthodox journeys of entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers are your jam too, then definitely make sure to listen! My favorite episodes: VICE: Suroosh Alvi, Radio One: Cathy Hughes and Spanx: Sara Blakely.

 

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