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4 Things You Can Learn From “Billions” To Apply To Everyday Life

  05.11.2016   Venessa   Beats   No comments

  There are few television shows or movies that I truly enjoy. In this day and age of reality shows, there aren’t many scripted shows that are well written, with good character development and acting. When I find one that I like its usually because there is something about the characters that peaks my interest.… Read More

A Tidal Wave Of Lemonade: A Case Study In Marketing

  04.27.2016   Venessa   Beats   No comments

Most of the world is still mourning Prince. But those who love the Beyhive are in heaven right about now. This past weekend Beyoncé released her visual album Lemonade on HBO and Tidal, accompanies by phenomenal marketing presence. While I’m not a fan of Bey, I must say compared to the other songs she puts… Read More

Prince’s Life Is A Lesson In Living

  04.22.2016   Venessa   Beats   No comments

In the last few years the music industry has lost many great musicians. Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Maurice White, to name a few and now Prince. I didn’t cry when Michael Jackson died but today I shed tears as if I knew him personally. He was part of my childhood and… Read More

I See You

  03.21.2016   Venessa   Beats   No comments

  “I feel like I’m suffocating and no one can see me.” “Can you look at me for a second? No, wait! Hey, hey, look at me. I see you. I see you. I see you.” -Beyond The Lights   One day when I was on the subway there was a homeless man asking for… Read More

The Power Of Vision

  03.10.2016   Venessa   Beats   No comments

Maribella, Spain 2014   The other day I was talking to a dear friend who is in the process of adopting a child. I wanted to know how things were going and if she was ready because the mothers due date is quickly approaching. She was pretty mum on the subject initially. But as we… Read More

Why Men Need To Stop Referring To Women As Crazy

  02.24.2016   Venessa   Beats   2 Comments

Photo: Wilderbeests in South Africa, 2013   In every relationship there are things that happen that push you to your breaking point. The old song It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate can ring true more often than not, if the situation calls for it. I found myself in two situations with my ex-husband… Read More

How To Get Your Morning Started With A Bang

  12.29.2015   Venessa   Beats   No comments

  This week I conducted a workshop and used an icebreaker to better understand the participants working style. I asked them “Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night and why? Most of the participants except one were either morning, daylight or sunrise because each day was a new opportunity to get it right. They felt… Read More

Reflection of the Holidays

  12.24.2015   Venessa   Beats, Soul   No comments

As a child I loved the Christmas holiday. Cutting the tree down and decorating it while listening to old school Christmas music was a family tradition. We’d bake cookies for Santa’s reindeer and leave a little milk. Early Christmas morning I’d wake up and pad downstairs in my footie pajamas to open up all of… Read More

Are You A Talent Scout?

  12.23.2015   Venessa   Beats   No comments

On a recent trip back home I had an opportunity to have lunch with a friend and soror of almost thirty years. As we caught up on what was new in each other’s lives and reminisced about being in college, the subject of past relationships came up. She’d broken up with her college boyfriend because… Read More

Why Ghosting Is Not About You

  12.15.2015   Venessa   Beats   No comments

  Everyone thought Jill and Aaron made a great couple. They got along well and had a number of things in common. They both liked cooking, dancing, working out and music. They shared the same values around relationships, family, careers and friends. By all accounts they were a good match. Then after a couple of… Read More