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‘Don’t give up’ – Kareem Brown lands media job in Los Angeles two minutes before heading back home to New Jersey | LookWeAreIncluded.com

The Story of Kareem Brown | IG: @callme_mrbrown) 

One phone call changed the life of a New Jersey native who helps produce one of the most successful social media shows.

Screen Shot 2020-05-21 at 10.27.08 AMKareem Brown, an associate producer for the Steve on Watch Facebook show told LookWeAreIncluded.com that giving up was almost an option. Brown, who currently lives in Los Angeles, worked at a bank for almost four years before receiving what he calls an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ in the television industry.

As a creative writer with the full-time bank job, Brown had to make sacrifices.  He continued to hone his craft, independently, writing plays and producing online content all while hunting for a job in media.  After working at the bank for four years and not getting hired in media, he was ready to back his bags and head back home to New Jersey.

That all changed in two minutes.

Brown heard about a job opening for a Production Assisstant with the Steve Harvey Show on a website called Dream Jobbing.

“I almost didn’t apply, but I said [forget] it 🤷🏾‍♂️ what’s the worse thing that could happen?2hrs later got offered to come in for an interview. An hour after the interview I got the job!” Brown wrote on his Instagram page.

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8-Yrs-Ago I moved to LA with a dream. I graduated from film school then tried everything I could to get a job in the industry. Nothing worked! 2 mins before giving up and moving back to Jersey I heard about a site called @dreamjobbing . On the site there was a PA position for the Steve Harvey Talk Show open to apply to. I almost didn’t apply, but I said “fuck it 🤷🏾‍♂️ what’s the worse thing that could happen?” 2hrs later got offered to come in for an interview. An hour after the interview I got the job! This season has been the greatest work experience I’ve had so far. I got a chance to work with the best ppl on the planet. I got inspired to be creative again and I was reminded to never give up on my dreams. Thank you @stevetvshow for giving me a chance when no one else would. It’s been real ✌🏾#madlove

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Brown couldn’t believe it.  Just moments before he was about to give up, God intervened and opened the door for a dream opportunity. His journey has been one of a kind, and chapter one is just beginning.

image2When the Steve Harvey show transitioned to the Facebook platform, Brown was promoted from Production Assistant to Executive Assistant for the show’s Executive Producer.   In that role, he was able to learn how to write for “live” television by shadowing and observing experienced show producers.

The story keeps getting better.  Brown received a call from his boss for an Associate Producer job for the Steve on Watch Facebook show.  Now, he’s leveraging what he learned to deliver exciting, creative content to the Facebook audience. 

This isn’t Brown’s last chapter.  We can expect to see his name in big lights one day as he continues writing and producing a webinar, independently.

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Brown’s story will be part of his inspiring journey.  When he thought it was over, everything turned around. Before you throw in the towel and think about giving up, LookWeAreIncluded.com encourages you to focus on your goals and dreams.  Giving up is not an option.  You have too many gifts inside of you for millions around the world to experience and see.  

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming |

Go Create – We are counting on you

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Meet Tenisha Dunalp owner-CEO at Trust & Believe Photography

Facebook: Trust & Believe Photography | Instagram: @trustbelievephotography

    Website: www.trustandbelievephotography.com

Screen Shot 2020-04-28 at 9.34.27 PMA North Carolina woman is taking her photography business up a notch by adding faith and photos to stimulate the mind.

Tenisha Dunlap, 32 has two children ages five and twelve. She also has a love partner named Ricky who is apart of the family dynamic. Dunlap is a Fayetteville State University & Guilford Community Technical College. She is based in Based in Asheboro, NC.

Cash App: $TrustBelieve

Trust & Believe Photography is a family business that believes in trustworthy connection her clients while capturing great family moments worth remembering. I started out by taking pictures at my local church which eventually lead to starting a business and I haven’t put down the camera since. I have always enjoyed being in front and behind the camera. I have been capturing memories for 9 years.

“I want this podcast to impact those who need a shift in their mindset whether it be spiritually, emotionally, or financially. My hope is that it’ll makes a huge impact for those to come back years later just to get a uplifting word,” Dunlap told LookWeAreIncluded.com

Depends on how much dedication you are willing to put in. I am a self-taught photographer so I was excited to learn by always googling and youtubing things.

CEO Tenisha told us Photography is my gift from God. I love photography because I am able to create memories that will last for a lifetime.


Question and Answer Segment with LookWeAreIncluded.com

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What are the goals for your podcast?

Tenisha Dunlap: For the podcast, my goal is that it will just reach who it needs to reach and may God’s Will be done. For my Photography business, the goal is to continue to thrive and strive by providing families with real laughter, real smiles, & real emotions.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What is some advice you would give future business entrepreneurs?

Tenisha Dunlap: My advice would be to understand that there will be ups and downs but if you stay dedicated and committed you will see a great reward.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What is the full name if your business? 

Tenisha Dunlap: My Business’ Trust & Believe Photography and Nariah’s Way Foundation.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Who would you like to work with in the future? 

Tenisha Dunlap: Tyler Perry- I just love how creative he is and how he gives opportunities to Black women.

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Meet Tamiko Miller, Youtube Influencer who mixes ministry and entertainment

One Social Media Influencer is mixing ministry and entertainment on her YouTube channel and it is changing the lifestyle for millennials around the world.

Tamiko Miller is the youngest entrepreneur of three sisters and a native of Honolulu, Hawaii. Miller attended Wesleyan College in North Carolina for two years and transferred to Liberty University where she received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Research Psychology and masters degree in Pastoral Counseling.

“I come from a hardworking family who has served in our community and ensuring that they are able to love and motivate others through encouragement, ” CEO Miller told LookWeAreIncluded.com

Want to connect with Tamiko Miller? Email: tamikomiller12@gmail.com

Miller told LookWeAreInclued.com she started this ministry to encourage and provide hope to others, in addition with helping them become the best versions of themselves by identifying their LIGHT. Currently she is based in Lynchburg, Virginia and really wants to target women and at risk teen girls.

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Her masters degree in Pastoral Counseling has played a role in developing a higher  standard for her generation. God + Obedience is the only way to succeed in this lifetime. No matter what journey you’re on having a strong relationship with God can keep you in places where man can’t remove you.

 

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New Podcast: Physical Therapist creates ‘In the Rising’ show amid COVID-19

www.bettinambrown.com | www.intherising.com

IMG-0840A woman who considers herself a ‘military brat’ is mixing education and encouragement in her new podcast that publishes weekly.

Bettina Brown, creator of ‘In the Rising’ podcast was born in Germany and has dual citizenship, as her mother is German. Brown is graduate from New Mexico State and University of Mexico  is a physical therapist who prides herself on sharing other people’s story.

I am now a physical therapist, treating primarily the geriatric community with wound care and cancer rehab,” Brown told LookWeAreIncluded.com. 

IMG-2001‘In the Rising’ podcast is coming from Brown’s health professional background. “I tell people my story, and feel that for those that resonate with having what life “is supposed to look like” and still feel like something is not fulfilled,” Brown said. The podcast is a platform for multiple ways to find out who you are.  Brown told us as humans we all have a lot to learn and we can learn a great deal from each other.

Her podcast really took off after she found she came out a rough period in her life she calls “Dark Night of the Soul.” She told LookWeAreIncluded.com that she couldn’t pull from her own strength. “I began writing in my journal as a way to express myself, and I began reading the opinions and stories of others. I felt that my experiences may very well help others and I began to write my book,” Brown told us. 

Brown is enrolled in a Christian Counseling Course beginning Summer of 2020, and is set to provide virtual and in-person events to provide inspiration to other women.

I don’t want just provide a day of quotes, but useful information about posture during interviews, important self-talk, finding what your purpose is now, etc.

Fun Fact about Bettina Brown: She is incredibly shy and am somewhat surprised that she has an online profile and podcast show. “I do love to hike and bike and do anything physical, and feel it is no surprise that I am a physical therapist. It is really so rewarding to see someone improve in their life, and you had something to do with it,” she told LookWeAreIncluded.com. 


Question and Answer Segment with Bettina Brown with LookWeAreIncluded.com

LookWeAreIncluded.com:  Who is your main audience?

Bettina Brown: My target audience is primarily women who know that there is more to life, but are struggling filling their “roles” and yet wanting to live fulfilled lives. I am currently hosting a podcast called In the Rising, with weekly short 15-20 minute shows providing education and encouragement. I love to read books and to gain information, and the premise of the show is to provide information from true professionals with degrees along with their opinions.

IMG-5329LookWeAreIncluded.com: Did you have second thoughts before starting your podcast?

Bettina Brown: Yes, Yes and Yes. I did not want to start a Podcast at all. I wanted to just publish my book quietly and go from there. But, then I realized that I consume a great deal of content from someone BEFORE I purchase anything. I want to get to know them and their purpose first.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What made you determine your topic for the first show?

Bettina Brown: Motivation, Inspiration and Discipline. This was my first show, and was my highest rated one. I was literally scrolling through social media and noticed that someone posted a motivation comment about motivation itself. Someone commented that what keeps us going has nothing to do with motivation but everything with discipline. I could see both sides of the story, and felt motivated to speak, and held myself accountable to my own discipline to follow through.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What’s your overall vision and goal with your gift for your podcast? what’s next?

Bettina Brown: My main goal is to create an education platform. I am really pushing education with my Physical Therapy degree and will provide online CEUs for a national organization. I feel my gifts are to learn and then be a sort of knowledge broker of that information for others. My goal is the same with the podcast. I recently learned about an audiobook program called Chirp. You can get audiobooks for $2-4. I can listen to books I love while driving and gardening and then pull the information for my listeners and future readers. My desire is to create a knowledge, provide talks and courses.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What’s the legacy you want to leave behind?

Bettina Brown: I want to leave a legacy of persistence. I purchased a wooden plaque a long time ago in graduate school that says, “ There is opportunity in every dilemma.” We can focus on the dilemma or we can focus on the opportunity. We have choices, even in the events and circumstances that we don’t feel we do. I did not have many physical limitations, but emotional abuse is a real thing. We can remain strong in our hearts and souls. There is a whole world trying to tear us and break us up. We don’t have to hold our hands up and join them!

 

 

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Meet La’Donya Benning CEO and upcoming Personal Designer

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Purchase Products: her crafts.bigcartel.com  | Email: Hercrafts00@gmail.com

A personal designer is mixing ministry and art to bring her clients items to life with every meaningful designs.

IMG-3360La’Donya Benning, 28, is the CEO of Her Crafts a personal design company geared to promoting creativity while delivering meaningful messages. Her Crafts was established in 2019. We are currently based out of Fort Riley, Kansas but offer shipping to all states. Benning’s business targets small businesses, start-up brands, and wants to ensure positivity worldwide.

Join Her Fan Base on Facebook: @HerCraftsCustoms 

Benning has partnered with Tamiko Miller, Creator of Light ministry to offer a faith based collection called Light Apparel .  This CEO told LookWeAreIncluded.com most of her ideas derive from quotes that could inspire others to change the world.

So, how does her company work? With so many people boosting their brands, what’s the process on the turn around for your products?

HerCrafts has a 7-14 day turnover depending on how big the order is and additional items are needed to complete the project.  “I work closely with the customers to make their visions come to life listening to their request and sending mock-up”

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Cash App:$LaDonyaBenning | Pay Pal: https://www.paypal.me/Hercrafts

This CEO plans to have a physical shop and is going back to school by 2021.

Question and Answer Segment with La’Donya Benning

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What advice do you want people to know
when starting a business? What’s the legacy you want to leave behind?

La’Donya Benning: Conduct your research on the type of business you want (LLC or Sole Proprietor route) to begin and create both short-long term goals before the process.  Create a goal for your business and just believe in yourself.Understand the first few years will be trial error and you may have to put out a little more money than you are bringing in.

Cash App:$LaDonyaBenning | Pay Pal: https://www.paypal.me/Hercrafts

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Do you want to pass this business down to your children? How do you plan to enlarging your business?

La’Donya Benning: I just want to be able to leave something behind for my son. If he decides he does not want to take this route that is also fine but I just want him to see and know that it is possible to be your own boss and be successful at it. I just plan on working
hard and continuing to learn the business world and marketing in order to grow into a bigger establishment.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What would you want to tell people about your business?

La’Donya Benning: Her Crafts is a female owned small business. We represent Positivity, Supporting Peers, Self-Love & also create small projects to bring awareness to certain topics. Most projects we donate a percentage of proceeds to charities or
nonprofits to give back to the world.

Cash App:$LaDonyaBenning | Pay Pal: https://www.paypal.me/Hercrafts

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‘God saved us’ Former Louisiana news producer, mother of 3, loses home in devastating tornado

GoFundMe Account: Family of 5 Impacted by Tornado

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Courtesy: Sarah Blake Ochsner | MMJ Janes

A former Louisiana news producer lost her home Sunday afternoon after a devastating tornado ripped through her community and sadly left her home in pieces.

Cynthia Thomas, a former news producer at KNOE in Monroe and WGNO in New Orleans posted a Facebook live video of the aftermath of the tornado, which occurred around 12:00 p.m. Thomas told LookWeAreIncluded.com that she has three children ages six, two and one in addition to her mother that lives with them.

Cynthia Thomas Facebook Page

Cynthia’s family needs the following: 

  • Pampers size 3T and 4
  • Girls clothes size 12mo & 3T
  • Boys clothes size 6T
  • Clothing for Cynthia: size small tops, 3/4 pants and 6 in shoes
  • Clothing for her mother: size large shirts, 9 pants and 8 in shoes

Contribute to Cynthia Thoma’s Family: https://www.paypal.me/cynthiadee91

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Credit: Cynthia Thomas | MMJ Jane Facebook Group

“We were all at home when this happened on the east side of Monroe, Louisiana. The tornado came a second after the warning went out. My children were scared and crying. My mom was praying, while we were all in the closet. Everything happened [so] fast! I saw everything crash before my eyes, [the] only thing I can think of was God keep my kids and my mother protected. After getting out of my room, we managed to get in my mom’s room after the tornado left. Some neighbors came and got us. All we can think of is God saved us,” Thomas told LookWeAreIncluded.com in Facebook messenger.

Cynthia Thomas Facebook Page

Thomas told LookWeAreIncluded.com right now her main priority is ensuring her children and mother have clothes. “I need clothing and shoes for my children and mom. I’m just trying to be the rock for my mother and children right now I will worry about me later,” she told us.

Contribute to Cynthia Thoma’s Family: https://www.paypal.me/cynthiadee91

On the Facebook Live video, Thomas showed her viewers the inside of the house and explained in detail how it was gone before the blink of her eyes. The cars are totaled, but she is grateful for life. She detailed the feeling of waking up one day with a house and the next day seeing it completely destroyed.

I would tell people don’t doubt God. He had favor over us and my community. We are shook, but God protected us and we kept our strong faith in God,” Thomas told LookWeAreIncluded.com

How can you help?

  1. GO FUND ME LINK HERE

  2. Cynthia Thomas Facebook Page 

  3. Contribute to Cynthia Thoma’s Family: https://www.paypal.me/cynthiadee91

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Howard University student Savanna Gibson creates beauty brand that’s POPPING | LookWeAreIncluded.com

Purchase Products here: SurfaceCosmetics.com 

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A Howard University student is attracting new followers on social media after her beauty brand is sparking conversation on the ‘gram.’

Savanna Gibson, a junior at Howard University is the CEO-Founder of Surface Cosmetics a beauty market and skin-care line that breaks the mold with millennial trends.

Screen Shot 2020-04-10 at 2.25.22 AMGibson the youngest of two older brothers was raised in a Jamaican and Puerto Rican household in the city of New York and attributes her success to the support of her family. Currently at Howard University she’s majoring in Sociology and minoring in Afro-American studies.

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Contact: surface.cosmetics.company@gmail.com

Now, how does a social science specialist spark an interest in cosmetics? Simple. Back in high school, Gibson told us she started ‘Self-Care Sundays.” [My] showers would be about 1-2 hours long and every Sunday night I would make face masks and sugar scrubs with things I had in the fridge, [then] lock myself in the bathroom [listening to] some R&B,” she told LookWeAreIncluded.com.

After doing this for a couple years, she developed a love for skin care. “I realized I loved caring for skin [and] that love inspired me to share this feeling with other people who want to or already enjoying nurturing their skin [as well],” Gibson said.

The name Surface Cosmetics was finalized during her freshman year of college. ‘I couldn’t decide between posh cosmetics or surface cosmetics, so I took a couple votes from my friends and they all [agreed] to Surface.

Have a passion, love your craft and that’s all you need [to be successful]

Purchase Products here: SurfaceCosmetics.com 

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She’s been in business for about nine months and business is booming. Her ingredients vary! Of course she didn’t give us her secret, but she mixes and mingles with natural products that keep her customers coming back for more.

What does she sell? (SurfaceCosmetics.com )

  • Edible Lip Scrub (Yes, you can eat it!)
  • Body Scrubs
  • Essential Oils
  • Body Butters
  • Facial Toners

Instagram: surfacecosmetics| Twitter: @SurfaceCosmeti1 


Q&A Segment with this Howard University scholar on entrepreneurship, how she creates her products and much more! 

IMG_7319LookWeAreIncluded.com: CEO Gibson, please tell us the process of how you make your products all natural?

Savanna Gibson(SurfaceCosmetics.com ): I usually start by getting my ingredients measures together (I purchase them in bulk) then I mix everything together or for the body butter I whip everything together.

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What’s your favorite/popular product?

Savanna Gibson(SurfaceCosmetics.com): My favorite to make is the ‘roses’ facial toner because I love to watch the rose bud expand and change colors. 

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Why is everyone POSTING about the lip scrub? That’s super popular

Savanna Gibson(SurfaceCosmetics.com): Since every ingredient I use in the lip and body scrubs are all natural, [I make them] EDIBLE. If you wanted to eat it, you can! 

LookWeAreIncluded.com: What products will you have in the future?

Savanna Gibson(SurfaceCosmetics.com): In the future there will be sea salt, scrubs, face masks, body wash, candles, SO MUCH IN STORE! 

LookWeAreIncluded.com: Were you scared to start a business if so why?

Savanna Gibson(SurfaceCosmetics.com): I was so nervous to start my business! I was so focused on all the ‘What If’s?’ and found myself creating and thinking of the worse outcomes. All the negative thoughts only hold you back. 

Instagram: surfacecosmetics| Twitter: @SurfaceCosmeti1 | Contact: surface.cosmetics.company@gmail.com