The Black Women Millionaires Mentor™ Teaches Black Women Entrepreneurs How to “Pimp Your Pain” into a Seven-Figure Business in Upcoming Tour

-– Dr. Venus Opal Reese will kick off a ten city business training tour from Jan. 21, 2016 to Sept. 8, 2016, traveling to Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.; Houston; New Jersey; Chicago; Prince Georges County, Md.; Toronto; Detroit; Raleigh, N.C.; and Los Angeles –

Nationwide — From sleeping on the streets in urine and beer to becoming a self-made millionaire, Dr. Venus Opal Reese, the Black Women Millionaires Mentor™, knows how to “pimp your pain” into a seven-figure business. She is now offering live training seminars for successful black women entrepreneurs who want to build a million-dollar, service-based business.

 The Black Women Millionaires Blueprint™ Tour is scheduled to take place in ten cities throughout the United States and Canada, beginning Jan. 21st in Atlanta at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel.“My clients have generated over $7 million with the exact same blueprint I will be sharing on the tour. It’s the systematic way I got myself off the streets and eating out of trashcans,” said Dr. Venus.

She believes that the secret sauce to making millions is emotional healing. “If you want to make millions, no amount of doing is going to stop you from undercharging, over giving, and doing it all yourself. Those are behaviors that are rooted in how you survive,” she adds.

During this ten city tour, Dr. Venus will share the system she used to go from homeless on the streets of Baltimore to making over $2.3 million in revenue in four short years.

Black women entrepreneurs who attend this tour will learn:

* The cold, hard truth about why they have not hit the seven-figure mark
* The two types of income every seven-figure sister knows about
* The three inner secrets every black woman can use to fast-track the seven-figure mark—on her own terms
* The No. 1 game-changing secret to fast-tracking it to seven-figure success.

“This is for you if you’re serious about seven-figure success!” Dr. Venus said.

Learn more about the Black Women Millionaires Blueprint™ Tour and registration details,

About Dr. Venus:
Dr. Venus is an acclaimed international speaker, CEO mindset, messaging and marketing mentor, and entrepreneur coach. She has been recognized in Ebony Magazine, Forbes andBlack Enterprise. Her goal is to teach black women entrepreneurs how to be a part of the elite 2-percent of women to ever break the million-dollar mark. For more information about Dr. Venus Opal Reese and her mission, visit


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Top 5 Young Black Entrepreneurs to Watch, Follow and Keep an Eye on in 2016

Nationwide — All of us have heard the word “entrepreneur” tossed around at some point in time. When you picture an entrepreneur, who do you imagine? Maybe you imagine Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or even Mark Zuckerberg. But they aren’t the only ones!

 Here’s a list of the top five young African American entrepreneurs to keep an eye on in the year 2016:#1 – Jaylen D. Bledsoe: This 17-year old entrepreneur is the founder/ CEO of Jaylen D. Bledsoe Group, and is a motivational and professional speaker on the topics of young entrepreneurship, digital strategy, brand development and youth rights. His company focuses on helping his clients develop their brand, and his clients include superstars like Steve Harvey and Jordin Sparks. For more details, visit

#2 – Essynce Moore: This 13-year old entrepreneur is the founder of Essynce Couture, a spa and boutique business for teens and tweens. She is also the author of a book entitled 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles, and is known in her community as a motivational speaker who speaks on the topic of entrepreneurship. She also has her own clothing line. For more details, visit

#3 – Sherron A. Stevens: This 20-year old entrepreneur is the CEO/ founder of Undercover Customer, a customer service consulting company that uses training and evaluations to help organizations generate more revenue by improving their customer’s experience. He has also published a best-selling book on customer service entitled Undercover Customer: 100 Ways to Fix Your Broken Customer Service. For more details, visit

#4 – Moziah Bridges: This 13-year old entrepreneur is the founder/ president of Mo’s Bow Memphis, a handmade line of bowties that has grossed over $55,000 in sales. He has always had a vision to bring back bow ties and make them very stylish. This young man has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and his bow ties have been worn by President Obama and Steve Harvey. For more details, visit

#5 – Maya Penn: This 15-year old is the founder of Maya’s Ideas, an apparel line that produces eco-friendly clothing and accessories. She is also a philanthropist, designer, artist, and animator. Her designs are sold all over the world, and she has customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. For more details, visit

Clearly, entrepreneurship and success has no age limit and no color barrier. When you have an idea and you are passionate about it, the sky is the limit!

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Paula Watkins: First African-American Virtual School Founder

Redford, MI – For more than 30 years, Dr. Paula Watkins has spent her professional career focusing on improving the student achievement gap in the core academic areas of mathematics, writing, reading and languages for school districts in the State of Michigan. Realizing that every facet of the education process from recalibrating the learning environment to staffing, administration, managing governance, updating curriculum, instruction and analyzing testing metrics, Watkins has found all of these elements crucial and a fundamental framework for academic excellence. Watkins previously worked as CEO of Vision Education Center, an Education Management Organization for several charter schools in the Michigan areas. Watkins received her PhD from Oakland University.

So, when Watkins learned several years ago, the State of Michigan had expanded the Charter School legislation to include virtual education, she knew that finally after researching and studying methods for distance learning, coupled with core strategies for academic success at brick and mortal institutions, it was a perfect time for her company to put their knowledge in place to create a technological infrastructure. Virtual Schools are full time online schools of choice options that deliver all curriculum and instruction via the internet. Online charter enrollment has more than quadrupled since the Michigan law went into effect, demonstrating the allure of cyber schools for some Michigan students. According to the National Education Policy Center, in 2011 there were approximately 320 virtual school s in the United States.

Today, Dr. Watkins is CEO of The Cyber Education Academy located in Redford, MI., making her the first African American female and founder of a Virtual Education institution in the United States. “Our goals are to improve the graduation rates of urban, suburban and rural children and we have recognized that in order for us to improve these statistics educators have to look at intervention strategies. The Cyber Education Center provides an option for students. We are graduating students.”

The Cyber Education Center is a K-12 school that reaches a segment of students who need solutions to their unique education challenges. Whether they are disabled, gifted, or normal students, Cyber Education is committed to providing support services and maintaining high levels of achievement among their students. In 2016, CEC will expand and serve domestic and international students seeking a postsecondary education.

For more details about the Cyber Education Center, visit


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The Vietnam War From the Perspective of Black Soldiers — New Novel Tells a Familiar Story in a Different Way

Nationwide — J. Everett Prewitt, an award winning author, presents his newest novel, A Long Way Back, an intriguing glimpse into the Vietnam War from the perspective of black soldiers.

When a reporter for the Washington Post sees a group of wounded, half-starved, black troops disembark from a helicopter in Cu Chi during the height of the Vietnam War, he senses a story, but receives no cooperation from the army or the soldiers.

The men, mostly noncombat soldiers, are the remnant of a squad sent on an illegal mission to Cambodia as punishment for their participation in a race riot at Cu Chi base camp. Led by a battle-fatigued sergeant, they fall under enemy fire. Their leader inexplicably disappears, leaving the ill-prepared soldiers to fight the jungle and enemy on their own.

Although forced to confront the shock of combat and a deteriorating family life, the reporter pursues the story hoping to uncover the truth about what happened to the soldiers.

A Long Way Back is a tense journey merging the lives of the soldiers and the reporter as they struggle to overcome their fear, and face the battles they must fight to survive.


What others are saying:

“…this is an intelligently crafted tale, brimming with both suspense and social commentary.” — Kirkus Reviews

“(A) fine novel. This novel takes an important place on the small shelf of African-American Vietnam War novels… the book is well worth reading.” — Vietnam Veterans of America.

“This is an awesome story. As a retired Army officer and veteran of two tours in Vietnam and having personally been under enemy fire, I can attest to how well you captured that experience within the events of the story.” — Norman Mays, Major, USA, (ret)

“I found your novel A Long Way Back to be a compelling recounting of the war from the perspective of black soldiers.” — Anita Bunkley, author

“A Long Way Back is a riveting story set in Vietnam in the 1960s. It captures the ugliness of war and racism, but is much more a page-turning story of brotherhood, determination, and survival.” — Barbara Hacha, author of Line by Line and Sidetracks


About the Author:

J. Everett Prewitt is a Vietnam veteran and a former Army officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University. Prewitt was awarded the title of distinguished alumni at both schools.

Prewitt’s debut novel, Snake Walkers, placed first for fiction in four different literary contests, won the bronze award for general fiction in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year contest, and was also honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

Single and living in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Prewitt is the proud father of Lia and Eric. Learn more at his website at


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Janice L. Mathis Named Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women

Washington, DC — The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) today announced the appointment of Janice L. Mathis as the Executive Director of the 80-year old non-profit organization. Before relocating to Washington, D.C., Ms. Mathis will serve out the year as Vice President of the Citizenship Education Fund (CEF), a position she has held since 2000.

“Janice Mathis, with her broad-based experience as a lawyer, negotiator, advocate, administrator and team builder, will serve NCNW well as we build on our legacy and pursue our forward-looking vision in the coming years,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, NCNW chair. “We’re pleased to have Janice onboard to lead this organization in our continuing efforts of advocating for African Americans, increasing civic participation, strengthening public policies and developing new programs and partnerships.”

Ms. Mathis is noted for her decades of work with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. She served as General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Rainbow PUSH coalition. She helped negotiate numerous diversity and inclusion pacts with Fortune 100 firms, served on the Coca-Cola and Georgia Power diversity advisory councils, orchestrated legislative-related efforts in Georgia and shareholder activism nationally. She campaigned for media decency and reform of the criminal justice system and led CEF’s financial literacy partnership with Wells Fargo. She also was managing partner of Thurmond, Mathis and Pickett, a general practice law firm in Athens, Georgia.

“We will miss Janice’s insight and strategic thinking, but we wish her and NCNW every success,” commented Rev. Jackson. “They have made a wise choice.”

Mathis earned a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and is a graduate of the Lumpkin School of Law at the University of Georgia. The National Council of Negro Women is a Washington, D.C.-based international non-profit organization making a difference in the lives of women, children and families throughout the world through research, advocacy, and community-based services and programs. The organization was founded on December 5, 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, President Emerita, led the organization for more than fifty years before passing in 2010. For more information, please


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More Than 50 Years of Promoting Fast Food and Cigarettes to Black People

Nationwide — In addition to drugs and alcohol, fast food and cigarettes are some of the most harmful elements to minority communities. Because of this, African American families in particular, end up with the most health-related problems including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease/ failure, mental illnesses, and more.

Sadly, none of this is new. It’s been going on for decades. Need proof? Below are some advertisements from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s that were specifically designed for Black consumers:


First Black Mayor of San Antonia: Ivy Taylor

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ivy Taylor has been elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas, becoming the first African-American elected to the post.

Taylor, who was appointed interim mayor last summer, defeated former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the runoff election Saturday. Taylor captured the election with nearly 52 percent of the vote.

Taylor said in her victory speech, “The work starts on Monday at City Hall. We come together now as a city.”

Taylor last July was on the San Antonio City Council when fellow members voted to appoint her as mayor to replace Julian Castro. He became secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Van de Putte said she’s not sure what her future in politics holds, but for now she plans to spend more time with her family.

Akon’s Solar Power Initiative Aims To Bring Electricity To 600 Million People In Africa

This isn’t just another charitable celebrity contribution. This might be the most ambitious charitable endeavor ever.

R&B singer Akon has launched an initiative aiming to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa. The Akon Lighting Africa initiative has started the Solar Academy, which will help African engineers harness the sun’s energy to produce electricity for the target of 600 million people. Considering that Africa gets an average of 320 sunny days in a given calendar year, this plan more than makes sense. But to say it’s extensive and ambitious would be a giant understatement.

The Academy will teach African residents how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems and micro grids to continually produce electricity.

“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” Samba Baithily, a co-founder of the project, told Reuters.

The hope is that the continent’s population – 70 percent of which is under the age of 35 – will help boost the economy, provide opportunities to future generations and just flat-out increase the overall quality of life.

According to multiple reports, Akon Lighting Africa has received a credit lineof up to $1 billion from construction juggernaut China Jiangsu International and will begin work with the most low-resource, remote areas. Already revered in his native Senegal, Akon’s level of love and respect worldwide will sky-rocket if his ambition generates massive results. Incredible effort.


African American History Museum to Host Artifacts from Wrecked Slave Ship

This marks the first time in history that archeologists have documented a wrecked vessel that had been carrying slaves, researchers say

Thousands of artifacts will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture when it opens next year, yet few will have the historical significance of those that were recognized in a ceremony in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The African American history museum officially announced during the ceremony that it will host wreckage from a centuries-old slave ship that sank off the coast of South Africa with slaves on board. This marks the first time in history that archaeologists have been able to positively document a wrecked vessel that was carrying slaves, according to Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s director.

“Perhaps the single greatest symbol of the trans-Atlantic slave trade is the ships that carried millions of captive Africans across the Atlantic never to return,” Bunch said in a statement. About 400,000 East Africans were taken from their homeland between 1800 and 1865, according to the Smithsonian, to make the perilous months-long trip into bondage across the sea.

The Portuguese slave ship São José set sail in 1794, traveling from Lisbon to Mozambique to buy slaves to take to Brazil. The ship, which made its ill-fated journey relatively early in the history of the slave trade between East Africa and the Americas, was carrying over 400 enslaved East Africans when it hit a rock off the coast of South Africa. Some of those on board were able to make it to shore—but the ship sank and about half of the slaves it carried perished at sea. The Slave Wrecks Project, a collaborative group of six research and historical institutions, had been working to uncover the wreckage since 2008, and recently began bringing up artifacts from the successful project.

The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture will display copper fastenings and sheathing that was used to hold the ship together, as well as iron ballast used for weight. The objects will be on long-term loan from the Iziko Museums of South Africa and that nation’s government. They’ll be displayed at an exhibit titled “Slavery and Freedom” that is scheduled to open with the museum next fall.

Members of the Slave Wrecks Project have gathered in South Africa this week for a series of events marking the discovery and highlighting the history it represents.