No more than 1/2 a year, Briana Booker has doubled the Facebook fanbase of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB), the central epidemiological resource for Miltary Health and global wellness. Months before the close of 2016, AFHSB now has more than 1,000 fans.
Black media representation.The Black community needs excellent media representation as misrepresentation of the black community is prevalent, but black media has the opportunity to better represent the community. Black journalists, media producers and directors have the opportunity to show the positive side of the community we love and needs nourishing. To put it short, black representation in the media matters and empowering black lives matter.
How do we control our reputation and voice in main stream media? We have to have the courage to tell our story, the true story. The black community is not about crime, violence, miseducated and damaged people. Black people have creative minds, courage and dignity. And it’s important for us to see these positive images and voices in media to give hope and educate our black youth on becoming the great leaders we need for the future.
It takes more than seeing a few black faces on camera. We need those faces in front of the camera, behind the camera and we need them not in just slave roles, demeaning roles. Yes, I cheer for Shonda Rhimes when I watch her hit show Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, but I don’t feel like the characters on the show represent black america well. Every time I see Olivia Pope chasing after someone’s husband and being an educated black woman completely dysfunctional, it doesn’t leave me with a good feeling. There is a problem with how we represent black characters on TV shows and the movie screen. I love watching Lee Daniels popular TV show Empire, but I cringe when I see the disunity of the black family. They have power and fame yet they cannot keep their family together. The last time I recall seeing a positive image of black families on primetime TV was watching the Fresh Prince of Bel Air or The Cosby Show.
Instead of whining about the misrepresentation of black media, I am here to do something about it. As an interactive journalism, I am here to give black america the opportunity to tell their story and overcome challenges of TV and film industry racism. Where is the racial equity? We need to really do some soul-searching to inspire and enlighten our black community. We cannot wait for someone who knows nothing about black empowerment and struggle to properly represent the black community. That is not how racial equity works.
According to the Nielsen Report, black america is one of the largest percentage groups who watch TV. What does that mean? We need to better use our community power over media. How can we maximize our media return of investment? Let advertisement support black owned business and media.
My name is Briana Booker and I am an interactive journalist ready to take black media to the next level. If you need a business proposal writer, social media manager, publicist or more, reach out to me. I have years of experience supporting black owned business as well as publishing for black media, including black women empowerment magazines like Slantress Magazine. Let’s have the conversation.
This week I had the pleasure to interview Kristen Maxwell Cooper, Deputy Editor of The Knot and Amanda Miller, PayPal's wedding expert to learn ways Millennial Couples can reduce wedding financial stress and cut out their wedding planning blues. The opportunity came along through the SVP of Edelman , Liz Foster, who was so kind to coordinate the interview after reading my National Weddings Column on Examiner.com. I believe the interview is very informative for millennials making such a big commitment in marriage and truly believe the article is a must read for all trying to stay within a budget for all things wedding. Read Millennial Couples' guide to reducing wedding financial stress for more information.
My name is Briana Booker and I love to write. I love to write so much that I built a career on writing. I've been writing since the age of 16 and it comes natural to me. I write with a purpose and now I am here to help freelance writers across the nation and the world learn how to build up a freelance writing client list and maintain it. Just like many freelance writers, I use to have difficulty finding and building up my freelance writing client list. I knew I had the talent but had no clue how to find people who would happily pay me fairly for quality content. Then one day, I stumbled into the career of marketing. Yes, I have an International Studies college degree and only took a few marketing classes in college, but I became a professional marketing consultant, with certificates and all in a matter of years. I also became a web manager, digital strategist and social media manager. I like to thank the variety in my International Studies curriculum helped me adapt, but that's a story for another day. I ended up making more an hour in freelance writing than working a 9 to 5 by building quality relationships with people of great influence. I also learned some great marketing tactics along the way. To help you out, read my article ' How to find freelance writing clients and buildup your customer base' for more information. I promise it's worth the read. If you need further help, you can always reach out to me at email@example.com and I'll help you build up your freelance writing client list so you can spend more time writing and less time worrying about how to market your freelance writing business. You may also follow me on Facebook. Let's connect today.
I am a national Weddings and Lifestyle columnist for Examiner.com. I really love learning so much about the bridal industry, but more importantly I love helping wedding professionals build great partnerships within the industry so they can receive a good flow of new clients while increasing their profits and business credibility. I write for different Wedding publications, including to ChicagoStyleWeddings which help me identify the needs of brides and grooms and how the bridal industry should best meet those needs while scaling their wedding businesses. Read my article 'The advantages of Wedding Business Marketing Partnerships' to learn how your company can benefit more with collaborative business initiatives. Let's connect on Linkedin and get started on scaling your business today.
May has been an exciting month. Not only was a blessed to see another year of life, but I had the opportunity to see a digital marketing mentor for me - Pete Cashmore, the CEO of Mashable.com .
I am ever grateful to Cashmore and the entire Mashable Events Team for welcoming me to the first ever Digital Beltway conference. I enjoyed the great conversations, discussions and networking.
Read my review of the Digital Beltway conference.
Here is a video recap of the Mashable Digital Beltway conference:
Do you want great things to happen to you? Most of us will say yes to this question, but will most of us say yes that we have the ability to make good things happen for ourselves? You may say you need x amount of resources or you need certain people in your network or life in order to make great things happen.
One of the best ways to make great things happen to you and for you is to realize no relationship, partnership or x amount of resources will fill emotional voids you have with yourself. Good things happen to people who know how to make the most of their life circumstances. They find ways to make themselves happy.
Bottom line: you need to show up and step up to the table for yourself to make things happen. If you feel you are broken, you will introduce the wrong people into your life and you will put yourself in bad circumstances. How we feel about ourselves is how we attract others to our lives. People take advantage of people that feel broken and leave after they are done using said people up.
This is why it’s so important to focus energy on yourself and identify your passions in order to learn, grow and do some good during your time here on earth.
You are valuable, rare and inspirational. You just have to believe that you are unique, special, meaningful enough to bring value to the table. You can’t expect high quality outcomes when you are choosing low quality outcomes because you don’t feel enough for yourself.
People don’t have the final say on the outcome of your life. You have the final decision to change your life for the better, no matter your life circumstance.
Only when you truly appreciate yourself can you give rather than hope you are getting the best things in life. Through giving, you will find a positive sense of self and some form of happiness.
People will trust you because you took the high road to be authentic and truly care for yourself. Don’t expect to manipulate people and become a happy and successful person in the process - it’s not going to happen. You need to connect with people in positive ways in order to embrace and enjoy happiness and success. You can only connect with people in positive ways when you are connected with yourself in positive ways.
When you care about yourself, you will attract people that care about you and help you ultimately reach your personal goals. Trust me, people support people that want to make a positive change in the world. It’s not all about money - money comes and goes. A good reputation and trust are priceless and will take you far in life.
I like personal. I like relevant. I like transparent. I like to support the things that people care about, that move their souls. Do you have something worth talking about?
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The question you should ask yourself everyday is how do you matter. If you can’t think of an answer to why you matter, it’s time to put in the work, the effort to discover your value. You should value yourself no matter what - value your creative freedom and the world will value you.
Do you tailor your products and services to girls and women? If yes, you are sitting on a goldmine, but you need to find creative ways to attract female consumers and keep them coming back for more. Think of yourself as the modern-day Mel Fisher. If you don’t know who is Mel Fisher, read up on the dreamer, the visionary, the legend. He had a dream, a vision and didn’t care what any one thought about it. He didn’t take no for an answer. He kept dreaming and it paid off.
You need to think that way about your business. You need to practice resourcefulness,invest in the right partnerships and make sound financial decisions to succeed in business. Save, invest and give back. Repeat.
I'll be honest with you - connecting to female consumers is no easy task. It takes years and years of research to target women and truly sell the products and services you believe they want and need. Female consumers don’t fit in a box. They are a diverse group. I know because I manage Fromgirltogirl.com a lifestyle publication and social good community designed for girls by girls.
At the beginning I wrote in my blog things I was passionate about. It started as a therapeutic hobby for me and no more than 5 people followed the blog when I started.
I had no intent to make a profit off the website or even to build a following, but it happened. I realized when you are passionate, truly passionate about something - there is someone out there that can relate to similar passions. That in itself is what made Fromgirltogirl scalable.
Fromgirltogirl went from personal blog to a lifestyle publication and social good community designed for girls by girls. It became a movement. A safe place for women to express themselves, their wants and needs. We offer helpful networking events, educational programs and support organizations that truly empowers the global community.
We know girls. We know women. We know how to grow a following and keep it. Fromgirltogirl can help your business grow.
Fromgirltogirl.com has more than 33,000 monthly subscribers ( and growing). If your product speaks to girls and women, we can tell your story to our readers with a twist. Developing distinctive content is key to reaching female consumers. We don’t view girls and women as dollar signs. Women are valuable people. We attract women to our community in ways that are fun and give them a reason to spend money with merchants that offer quality goods and services.
Women consumers trust the recommendations of Fromgirltogirl.com because those recommendations come from local and well-known figures in the community that speak to them on topics of interests to women. The exposure can give your business the opportunity to reach a vast amount of female consumers in a short amount of time.
We understand that businesses that target female consumers are dependent on women’s buying power to succeed.
Here are services that have been successful through Fromgirltogirl content promotions:
At the end of the day we help female consumers while helping you get the greatest exposure for your products and establishment. Fromgirltogirl will put your business in a favorable light by giving you opportunities to give back and develop signature programs and social good initiatives that make you more attractive to female consumers.
We bring groups together, women to together because we all share a common bond - a passion to create healthy, thriving communities for our families while nourishing our self-development.
Women share their stories on Fromgirltogirl. Women read up on tips on Fromgirltogirl. This community is all about health and love for quality living.
Have a look around the site and contact me today to learn how your organization can team up with Fromgirltogirl and do great things for your business and community. Let me help you increase your visibility with female consumers today. I will help you lower your business cost and increase the interest level your target audience has with your products or services. The only thing I ask you to do is test if your values and philosophy match our give back for the community - your customer service and product quality really has to speak to our readers for us to support you.
Let me offer you excellent visibility and PR value today with personalized marketing. We talk to real women about real issues, real products, and real services. We have over 6 years of research on female consumers and we are happy to share with you what we discover about the ever-changing female consumers. This can give you an edge on your competition.
We will help you focus on what matters to your company, to you, and the female consumers you serve.
Let me show your consumers that you have an extraordinary product or service that is truly convenient and valuable to female consumers. I am here to help you find the needs of women and keep them coming back to your products and services with creative marketing.
Get started today. All that matters is today to start seeing great results with personalized marketing.
Are you stressed about finding a good paying job? Are you feeling dispassionate about a job you accepted straight out of college? All of the anxiety and frustration you feel are normal. If you are wondering what you can do to get out of the rut you are experiencing, I hope it comforts you that you do not need to pursue more pedigrees to transform your life to something you are proud to call your life.
You can increase your earnings or discovery what you love to do without spending more money than you need to spend. All you have to do is build up your work experience and add a great deal of value to any given organization.
This is not easy, but it is worth it. The only thing that is holding you back from the success you want is experience. Someone being smarter than you, more attractive or talented doesn’t really matter. You need to ask yourself what great experiences can you proudly mention from your story. What lessons did you learn from these great experiences? When I say great experiences, it doesn’t necessarily mean a positive experience. Some of the greatest experiences happen through failure.
Sometimes you need to experience major failure and order to appreciate your life a little better. When I accepted my failures, it was a major realization that I can get everything I want out of life if I focus on how I will reach my great destination to any given goal.
The only reason you will hear people living with regret is solely about not following through on the plan to carry out your goals. You have to do more than just dream about tomorrows. You need to take action now.
Take a deep breath and ask yourself what do you want out of life. Can you explain this vision in great detail? How does that future make you feel? Can paint the richness of such a life? If you can, you are 1 step closer to making it happen. You really have to believe you can do it before you see it through.
I am telling you because that was the start of my journey. Years ago when I was still a teenager I had a vision or perhaps a dream where a voice told me to keep up with my website www.fromgirltogirl.com because great things would flourish from it. In the dream voice told me as long as I built on Jesus teachings that what I want to do with the site and the community would go far beyond my imagination.
Manifesting details of the vision in my mind makes the journey so much more exciting. I can confidently say that I feel I am destined to do great things for the world. If I’m being honest, I feel like I’m destined to become a great world leader.
You may laugh at that statement,but somebody is going to become a great world leader. Why cannot that incredible world leader be me? Why cannot that amazing world leader be you?
If you can envision it in your mind, you can do it. Some people never take the chance because they believe they don’t have enough time to make a dream happen. Trust me, there is no better time than today to make it happen.
I don’t want to go through life and regret what I wish I did years ago. I embrace taking risk now. It matters more to me that I went after the things I love as hard as I can than regret not trying at all.Being the best is not necessary to live the life I envision. I need some wits, common sense and good connections to make it happen. You can do the same. However, the only thing you’ll control is how smarter you’ll work for what you want. What will you give your all to? I chose to give my all to making the vision of Fromgirltogirl come true.
I’m taking a leap of faith and I believe that God will lead the way as long as I am willing to put in the work.
I am passionate about teaching people to get exactly what they want out of life if they are willing to give it their all. Someone beloved to me said I always go after what I want and it just so happens it’s the same thing that made us connect on a spiritual level no one but us can break.
After working with people of all walks of life, I realize the most important things in life to people are money, health and above all love.
To build credibility in any industry, you need to show off your experience and the good of your character.
What are you looking for? What are the people around you looking for? This is how you will understand the needs of others as well as your own.
When you know the answers, get started right away on transforming the vision to reality.
In my early years of entrepreneurship, I was trying so hard to think of a product to sell or a way to develop valuable experience. I realized that I never needed a product to sell and I didn’t need as much experience as I thought I needed. What I really needed at the time was to get started on transforming the dream to actuality.
The first product I ever sold was digital content. That is when I learned content marketing was very lucrative and I could grow in this industry by continuously building up my experience through favors, networking and projects for corporate America.
Through my early years of content marketing I mastered predicting how many people want XYZ products and the value of the product on the global market.
You don’t need a bunch of pedigrees to become a successful person. You do need to master selling yourself, your ideas.
If you’re looking for a job, don’t ask for a job. It will make you look desperate to accept any job. When you ask for something, you want to come from a place of power. Instead, ask for a connection, recommendation or mentor. Ask them to tell you their stories. It is those same people who will propel your career. Those same people will become board members of your organization. Surround yourself with great leaders and you’ll become one yourself.
It is all about execution. You need to always ask yourself why you’re doing something and then you can find ways to execute it. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. In order to succeed, you need to figure out how people are succeeding already and how you can do different or better than the formula they are using to excel. Be flexible with your solutions for any given problem. Why? Because people invest in people, not simply ideas. Be persistent. Help people.
Often at times people give me a peculiar look when I say the words I’m a winner and I don’t believe in luck. Some instantly think it’s a little arrogant or I’m overly confident in myself until they get to know me and why I say I’m a winner and I don’t believe in luck.
To give you a back story and inspire you to not believe in luck for personal and business ventures, I will start by defining luck.
What is luck?
The definition of luck: random occurrences or positive outcomes happening by chance.
When I was young, and told good things happen to good people, I thought that was true. Now I know that is not necessarily true. Good things happen to both good and bad characters. The same goes for bad things happening to good and bad people. It is the way of the world,the universe.
To put it short life happens. There is a line in the bible I hope can give you peace of mind about chucking away the belief of luck. Here it is:
“ The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. “ - Ecclesiastes 9:11.
A great athlete can fall during a race and have an injury force him or her to end his or her professional career. An investor can lose thousands or millions because a business venture fails. A righteous person can die from painful illness like cancer. A violent killer can get away with murder.
From love to career success, good and bad outcomes can happen. I hate to break it to you but none of these outcomes are by chance.
If you believe in God in any shape or form, you will come to terms that God has never promised any of us good luck or a life of prosperity defined by man. Things do not happen by chance. God is in control everyday you wake up, every breath you take.
I am a firm believer that Earth and life itself were creations of purpose. Every life event is part of a bigger plan. This is hard to grasp but when you truly accept the world for the good and the bad God will give you peace of mind.
In Isaiah 45:7 confirmation that luck doesn’t exist is given directly from the Lord:
“ I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.”
Romans 8:28-29 tells us that God works for the good of those who love the Lord, but also does good for those who have been called according to God’s purpose.
Proverbs 15:3 goes further in detail by letting us come to terms that God has eyes in every place and full control over evil and good.
Every good and bad outcome is a decision from God. See Proverbs 16:33 if you don’t believe it.
With that said, I don’t believe in luck. I believe in blessings.
There have been many times I was down and out and not 1 person could comfort me. God comforted me. My soul told me to keep pushing through life.
Any time I am out of my comfort zone and facing a challenge, Numbers 6:24-26 comforts me:
“ The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.”
This year will be the 7th year my beloved brother passed away. It’s the first year I have felt even a touch of peace and comfort to my soul. Took 3 cities later and a load of baggage removed…I feel at peace with God. I feel like I can start fresh and I no longer feel anger towards God because I have faith in the Lord that better days are coming and someday, God willing, I’ll meet my brother again in paradise
God also comforts me with companionship on Earth. I have so much to live for because I believe God designed me with purpose. I don’t need luck for success. I don’t need luck for happiness or good health. I don’t even need good luck for a loving family or contentment. I need God. I need Jesus.
Money has never been the driving force in life for me. Love is the top priority in my life - love for my family and love for the plan, the purpose God has for me.
I have no idea what will happen tomorrow. I don’t even know if tomorrow will ever come. If God wills it, it will be. James 4:13 goes more in-depth about the Lord’s will.
As I build up a career portfolio, I realize life isn’t all about how much money I earn, the car I drive, where I live or how hard I work. I can’t take not one thing from this world when I take my last breath. I am content with that outcome. Having enough for my family to enjoy their days here on Earth matters most to me. The smiles and joy they experience means the world to me. It keeps me grounded and now I understand how easy it is to fall for riches that can ruin and destroy men of all walks of life ( 1 Timothy 6:9 explains in detail). I understand how distrust, miscommunication and vulnerability can lead men to temptation.
All I have in the end is God. I can’t trust money. I can’t trust many people, but I can completely trust God.
I trust that God makes the poor and rich. I trust God can bring me up as well as take everything away, but through it all God will guard me because no man can prevail the strength of God.
How can I lose with God? I cannot. Therefore I am a winner and I don’t believe in luck. Read 1 Samuel 2:7-9 if you don’t believe God cannot get you through life challenges. I guarantee, God will show you otherwise.
Philippians 4:19 says “ God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” God can immeasurably do more than what you ask for or could imagine. That is the power of the Lord ( read Ephesians 3:20 for more details).
Trusting in the Lord doesn’t happen overnight. You have to meditate everyday and night that God gives you the strength to believe in blessings and not luck. Only then can God plan a life for you that is prosperous and successful.
I read the bible to help me make sound business decisions and a read the bible to learn how to love more and give of myself more. It is not easy and I am not perfect,but I hope trying to live a righteous life is pleasing to God.
Please read a wonderful parable in Luke 15:11-32 to thank God for your everyday blessings.
It took me some time to find my way back to God, but I am thinking clearer these days and I feel like God gave me a way back and knew I had to take a journey to get my priorities right.
Every trial that has happen in my life so far has been an invaluable learning lesson for me. I think it was in God’s plan now, but then I felt like God strayed from me. In reality, I strayed from God.
God was building up the strength of my character - the footprints I couldn’t see in the storm, I see now. I know God loves me and it seems that God wants me to lead people, while filling my heart up with love.
Coming to terms with this - I say to myself… I’m a winner. Winners win. I don’t need luck, but I’ll never turn down a blessing. I urge you to do the same. Drop the faithless, doubtful wish you the best and good luck. God bless you and may peace be upon you.
I am Briana Booker, the Founder of www.fromgirltogirl.com , a lifestyle enrichment Magazine and Public Relations company all about female empowerment and entrepreneurship promotion. I do Professional writing for non-profits, government and the private sector. For each sector, I provide the following services: Social media management. Guerrilla marketing. Event planning. Grant Writing. Proposal Writing. Press Release Writing. Copy Writing. Research and Analysis. Editing. Blogging. Lobbying. If I lack a skill I am a quick learner.