A Salute to Black Women's Equal Pay Day

Did you know that today, August 7, 2018, is Black Women's Equal Pay Day? Here's a few facts on what this is so important from Create & Cultivate. If black women were paid equally:

💰The average Black woman would earn almost $870,000 more in the course of her career. 🍞Each woman’s extra annual earnings would pay for more than 3️⃣years of groceries.

👩🏿Families would get the support they need. More than 8️⃣0️⃣% of black women are the main breadwinners for their households.

Inspired by today's #BlackWomensEqualPay Twitter Chat with Create & Cultivate, Tribe, and 21Ninety, here are women who inspire us to speak up for what we want.

Myleik Teele

"I’m clear on the “quality cap” when it comes to the things that I produce. I know that if I try to accommodate too many, I compromise the quality of what I’m doing.  Many disagree with this approach to business because it leaves money on the table but that’s not what I’m about.” READ HER #blkcreatives INTERVIEW HERE.

Tracy G


"With people – when it comes to networking – they’re always looking beyond their reach and then feel like they have so many miles ahead in front of them between their goal and where they are. But if you just look at the resources around you, you won’t miss anything. Sometimes people are asking for a dollar and there are four quarters on the floor." READ HER #blkcreatives INTERVIEW HERE.

Tonya Rapley-Flash

Tonya Rapley #blkcreatives chat

Tonya Rapley #blkcreatives chat

“Focus on solutions. Focus on gratitude and everything that you have working in your advantage. Understand that as a creative you are not limited to artistic expressions of creativity. Get creative with ways to generate more money. You can wallow in sorrow or get to creating solutions, both take energy and it’s up to you to decide which one you want to put your energy into.” READ HER #blkcreatives INTERVIEW HERE.

Dominique Broadway

“It will never matter how much money you actually make if you do not manage it well. This is why it is beyond vital for #blkcreatives to put effort into learning how to effectively manage their money so they are not always living paycheck to paycheck or gig to gig, and instead can create a lifestyle where money is the tool to help you live your ideal life instead of being your biggest stressor.” READ HER #blkcreatives INTERVIEW HERE

Who are some of your favorite Black women to follow for money, career, and salary advice or insight? Tweet us and let us know!

No Cable? No Problem. Here's How To Watch Those Irresistible Shows on The OWN Network

No cable? That's not a problem. We're learning that being money conscious (remember, we're trying not to get over the spirit of broke) is more about how to keep more of your money as opposed to completely cutting out what you enjoy. One of the first slashes we may usually falls in line with entertainment, but we've found a way to watch our new favorite shows. We're HYPE for Love Is___ premiering on OWN TV this Tuesday, June 19th at 9pm. Fromaward-winning, legendary producers Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends,BeingMaryJane,TheGame) and Salim Akil(BlackLightning), this series is set primarily in 1990s LosAngeles against the backdrop of BlackHollywood and follows Nuri (MicheleWeaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett),a couple from seemingly opposite worlds, as they chase their dreams and learn to follow their hearts. Watch the trailer below.

Even if you don't have the OWN Network (or even a TV), we're watching the show with Philo - a live-TV streaming service. All you need is a high-speed internet connection, an SMS-enabled mobile phone number, and a cell phone, TV or computer as the service works on desktop and through their mobile app. This streaming service has been one of the few services we've found that streams OWN so when we need our Queen Sugar or Super Soul Sunday fix, this is where we head.

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You Got The Juice: Why You Should Add Kareem Taylor's Book To Your Arsenal

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"If it feels right, it's right. If it feels like it will make you better, it will. If you think it will take you higher, do it. If it's worth risking it all, try it out. If you doing it means that you'll be rewarded greatly, go and do it." - Kareem Taylor

What I love the most about this quote is that it forces the reader to be held accountable for their own decisions. The life that you want for yourself will not be created by anybody else other than you. Yes, we have access to countless resources through the click of a mouse but we must not forget that the real power lies within us.

That's what makes Kareem Taylor's  Get Your Life a must buy.

It's his ability to push you towards harnessing and leveraging your own greatness that sets it a part. He's not going to tell you what to do. He's just going to reveal to you the control that you already have.

How is he doing that? Through his story.

Los Angeles based Kareem is a professional speaker, writer and voice over actor and has launched national television commercial campaigns for CNN, Comedy Central, Sony Pictures Television, McDonald’s, RedBull TV, Comcast Xfinity and Taco Bell, among others but his most impressive accomplishment to date is creating a life for himself that is full of passion and purpose.

Born in Brooklyn seven weeks premature with crack cocaine in his system, Kareem doesn't just share his top tips on improving your quality and fulfillment of life, he shares how he's lived out what he's learned.

There are millions of authors and experts who share advice. But very rarely does that advice reflect our unique experiences as Creatives of Color. Many of us have different backgrounds than our counterparts. And while the insight shared by these said experts and authors can be helpful, there's something to be said about receiving info on how to live your best life from someone who's been where you are.

Themes in the book include making room for what matters, the ambition tax (success comes with a price, right?), pick your battle, focus on your strength, and even a practical section entitled 'how to use this book' all lend themselves to an incredible body of work that attacks the mentality behind living below your potential and helps you discover how you can move forward.

His truthful and honest exploration of what it takes to be successful only works because he's lived through it. That's what sticks and that's what carries this book beyond a self-help staple.

It's a real life guide for those willing to do the work as long as you remember that it all starts from within.

The book will be released on October 13th. Pre-Order your copy, watch the trailer, and read the first chapter here.

P.S. Looking for insight on building your own arsenal of tools that empower you? Read this interview here.

Connect with Kareem: Website - Order His Book - Twitter