LIFE OF AN ENTREPRENEUR

#blackAF

#blackAF

"Can’t nobody tell you how to be YOU!" -- Tyler Perry from the show #blackAF Thinking back when I was starting Iva Jewell by Dionne.  I was excited, focused, and ready to make my mark on the world.  I would send out product pictures of my bag designs, drafts of announcements and emails telling my family, friends, mentors, and supporters I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to share so I would give them a preview. A pack of LIES!!!  I was really looking for approval.  Questions shot through my mind, Can I build a business?  Are my bags...

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THE FIRE!!

THE FIRE!!

Homeless living in his car in the parking lot of a gambling casino Daddy was dying—this would be the end of his life.  I watched as my Father used gambling to cope with the disappointment of his life.  A life that told him as a Black Man he was a boy regulated to manual jobs, denying him the opportunity to use his intellectual gifts.  I watched as he slowly gave up and let his anger and frustration eat him from the inside out.   Standing at the side of his hospital bed he told me he was tired.  He died that...

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