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As we begin a new month and close out the last, I just want to take the time to say thank you. Thank you for supporting WE Magazine as it grows in readership daily. As you read this issue, I hope that you realize the importance of health as it relates to your mind, body, and spirit. In addition to that I hope you take away a feeling of determination to achieve the goals that you’ve set in place. March marks the ending of the first quarter of the year so you must ask yourself “Have I done all that I can do to start pushing myself in the direction I want to be in?” As always follow your goals, reach for the stars and stay active in your quest for knowledge and understanding. Happy Reading!

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by Sandra Salathe

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As February quickly comes to an end, we gradually welcome March with open arms. After all, the first of spring is something to be very excited about. But the weather isn’t the only thing one should find entertaining about the start of spring, with it come the start of spring trends as well. It’s a time in fashion when we shed the layers and bid farewell to those drab colors that have been consuming us all winter long. We replace them with super bright colors, ornate patterns, and lighter fabrics that are beyond appropriate for the spring season.

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If you were lucky enough to score an invitation to Fashion Week this year, you would have had a front row seat to every spring trend that emerged. Unfortunately, I was among the few who didn’t get to attend, but that doesn’t mean I’m less informed because I missed out. If anything my absence motivated me to sniff out every trend like a bloodhound at a crime scene, leaving no trend concealed. With the trends secured in my mind there was only one question left answering; how does one begin to incorporate these farfetched trends into ones everyday outfit? Luckily, I’ve broke down the barriers and with a little help; you too can acquire the look of spring in your wardrobe. Women’s Elevation Magazine | March 2013

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BOLD BRIGHTS —- It’s inevitable that with the beginning of spring, we welcome bright colors as well. For this particular trend choose colors that are audacious and inviting. I usually like to go with orange, yellow, and pink because those colors just scream SPRING! When incorporating these colors into your corporate wardrobe, make sure that you stick with one bold color instead of pilling on the entire color spectrum of the rainbow. Less is usually better when reviving this trend. Pick one specific color from the ones listed above and let that be the center piece for your entire outfit. Try a bright heel or skirt to integrate into your wardrobe then dress it down with more basic colors such as nude or white.

GOLD JEWELRY—- Winter was all about silver but this season, we’re piling on the gold. Whether you’re adding a little or choosing to stack up, this trend is a total must when spring rolls around. A simplistic way you can achieve this look is by adding on some basic gold bangles or a chic chunky gold necklace. If you’re feeling adventurous then try placing a golden ring on each finger. Try going for unique designs instead of sticking to one particular style. This is a pretty easy trend to pull off and it’s just about how far you’re willing to go to achieve it.

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FLORALS — You cannot have spring without a flower or two, it’s simply unacceptable. So it’s no surprise that this year, florals are back on the market but then again, did they ever leave? For this trend, you can either go with a little or a lot. For the office try floral trousers and a white blouse with some simple gold jewelry. For casual wear, you can play it up a little more with a floral skirt or dress paired with some oxford flats and a messenger bag. To be honest, anything goes with this trend. Just make sure not to go overboard with the flowers, you don’t want to end up looking like a French garden.

TUXEDO INSPIRED — Seen on the runways of Lanvin and Dior this year at Paris fashion Week, this trend ties into the whole “black and white” trend from winter. It’s one of my favorites this season because I love how polished and effortless it looks worn. For this trend, look for refined pieces such as a structured blazer with tuxedo elements. For the office pair it with black slacks and a white blouse to keep it sparse. If you don’t feel comfortable with that look then keep it modest with a black and white heel. When dressing down, go for black and white flats and add a gold watch for that extra oomph!

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VINTAGE

STRIPES

During Carven and Marc Jacobs runway shows, we noticed not only a wave of stripes but 60’s inspired stripes. Think the baby doll dress worn by Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby and add stripes to it.

The swinging sixties were definitely one of the best clothing eras to date. For work, try a striped cardigan thrown over an A-line dress and pair it with either flats or heels.

Fur laced, bomber jackets paired with colored knee high socks were all added into the mix as well.

GRUNGE

— Being a child

born of the 90’s, this trend holds a certain heartfelt nostalgia. It’s filled with plaids, bed head, florals, Dr. Martins, and carefree attitude. This trend can be tricky when transitioning it into your corporate outfit so bear with me and keep an open mind. For work, choose a plaid shirt and pair it with a floral blazer, leather leggings and heels.

SPORTY—

Seen on the run-

ways of Rag and Bone, this look is original in its own right. Mesh tops, sheer fabrics, and neon leather; this look screams fashion. Choose a pencil skirt made with sheer detailing, a chunky cable knit, ankle booties, and a clear colored trench.

Add some soft jewelry to balance out the entire look. Another way you can wear this for work is by taking a plaid pencil skirt and pairing it with a floral blouse and heels. If this is the route you want to take make sure that the colors of the skirt and blouse are similar rather than different.

Swap your purse for a backpack and add a swatch watch to complete the look. When picking out jewelry, keep it basic, the trend is enough as it is. With all of these trends to choose from, you’ll instantly fall under a spell of spring fever. After all, they don’t call it Spring Awakening for nothing. Women’s Elevation Magazine | March 2013

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by Cathy E. Smith

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WHAT IS TWITTER? Twitter is a social network using micro-blogging to connect with other people to send short messages of up to 140 characters. You may access Twitter by visiting www.Twitter.com or by downloading the Twitter app to your smartphone.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE TWITTER? Twitter can be a great way to build your brand, expose your business, connect with other people that share your same interests, and/or connect with clients that need your services. Twitter can be one of the best ways to build your business quickly, if you use it the right way. Many people are afraid to use Twitter or do not fully understand its usefulness. If you begin to share quotes, nuggets of information, or tips in your area of expertise, Twitter can help you grow your network very quickly. Creating and editing your profile is one of the first things you should do before connecting with others on Twitter. Your profile should include your picture or your logo if it is a business profile. It is important to include the link your website, blog or Facebook page in your profile. Your profile should tell people who you are through the use of a series of key words.

Retweet key information from leaders in your field on interest. Key news in your area of interest can be found from Tweets by leaders in your industry, your own Tweets, or by linking your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and searching for the hottest daily news. If you have a smartphone, Blackberry, iPhone or Droid, the LinkedIn App allows you to view the hottest news on a daily basis. Stay active daily, even if you only tweet a minimum of 2 to 3 times a day. Try to tweet naturally instead of automating your tweets. Natural tweets have a higher response rate. Insert YouTube videos in your Twitter profile. You can insert video and pictures by using a free app call Tweetpic. Insert pictures on your Twitter profile via your iPhone or Android phone by using Twitpic. Join a free application that assists you in growing your followers such as we follow. Some free applications allow you to check the number of searches for key words. Key words are important to your Twitter profile. Twitter can be a great tool to market your business and to lead clients to your landing pages, your website, your blog or your Facebook page. Use websites such as bitly.com, tinyurl.com or ow.ly to create a short link to one of your websites, blogs, or landing page. In some instances, Twitter will automatically shorten the link for you. Women’s Elevation Magazine | March 2013

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DOWN TO BUSINESS (Extended) with Michelle Hill-Smith

If I had one chance to do it all over again, I would first decide to not take my gifts for granted. Secondly, I would take time to take note of and focus on what I really enjoy doing and what I don’t mind taking off of my life’s agenda. The problem with most of us is that we have tons of ideas and only 24 hours a day to implement only parts of them at a time. With our multiple ideas for success, in any given instant, we could lose our focus on what matters most and that is to win at being successful. Most business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs feel that in order to obtain success, they must try their hand at all systems, resources and professionals available. Believe it or not, with operating OnTask Assistants, Smarter Business from Home, Kissed by Koco and 6 Figure VA Blueprint, in the beginning, this was my exact

way of thinking. Three of those businesses are of the same entity. They were created from the same business model. They serve mainly as extensions of OnTask Assistants and are still worlds within themselves. There is only one that is completely separate and serves more as the offspring of one of my passions. The businesses that exist and are operating in my life today were apart of a bucket full of other business ideas and ventures that I just knew I had to start. I had a reason for the existence of them all and I still do. Even though I loved the business models and potential of all of them, my final realization for launching a successful operation, as well as growing and developing a money making outlet, grew more dim as time went by. Within the fading time, after exhausting my resources, burning through cash and growing tired of convincing people of it’s potential, I knew that with the amount of energy I was spending on trying to

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making it work, I could put that same energy into creating one empire that can trump all others. Of course, now, I know better. I took myself through the fire when it came to trying to find the right systems and resources that I can trust to make my businesses work. I wanted to dominate the industry for each and every one of them. However, reality, played a major role in me finding peace with what it was that I desired from these ventures.

where I can simply stretch my potential, I was at an important place where I can identify what makes me truly happy.

Even though, I considered myself “Unlimited” with potential and talent, often times, I grew weary of failing. I would always think to myself, “What if this is IT? What if I’m just wasting my time again?”

1) Researching and dissecting what makes you happy and using it to guide your path, 2) Taking what you discover and finding the systems, resources and professionals that can help you further solidify your potential for success,

What did I do to remedy this? I started thinking sensibly and started digging more into my self worth. I sought to find what made me tick. I researched myself, my past, my hang-ups, the systems I was using, the resources I was seeking...I did some surgery and began to cut things out. You see, I wanted the success so bad, as I knew that I was entitled to it. I wanted to bring the potential to fruition because I knew that I was destined to do just that. As time went on, I began to search deeper. I began to notice a trend within myself. As I aged, I grew wiser, more assertive, more open and accepting to failure. I wanted more than anything to build a phenomenal empire for my family, however, reality display different plans. It was when I discovered my own self-worth that a light bulb went off in my head. It was like a feeling of “Aha!” Discovering such a gem as your self-worth at the right time in your life is like finally discovering where they hid that bag of money. At that moment in my life, things were much more clear for me. I know knew that not only was I in a better position

This isn’t about how you can be all things to all people. No. It’s simply about the fact that when you are able discover your own self-worth you are better able to equip yourself for success. What’s involved in that process? I’ll tell you in the following order:

3) Finding purpose and universal usefulness in your venture for yourself and others, 4) Taking your new found self-worth and setting your standards, rules and priorities. 5) Most importantly, finding your place in the world via your businesses. I must say that with all of the business ventures that stayed true and have made their marks in my life, I don’t think I’m finished yet. How is that you ask? Because, I am Unlimited. I’ve finally discovered my true selfworth and I’m happy about it. It’s no longer about chasing the money, the fame and Recognition for my talents It’s more about me being The best at being successful So that I can plant seeds In other people’s lives. My worth rest with me. I’ve found more success by identifying my purpose. My businesses grew once I was able to identify and accept what it was that I was placed Here to do. Today, I can honestly say that I’m happy with where I am. I’m at a place of growth, discovery and soon enough, I will be at a place Of fulfillment to the 3rd degree.

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By Tanya Angelique

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As I dressed one morning, I took a good look at myself and asked, what is my brand? When people come into my presence what do they expect to receive from the atmosphere? Does the reputation of my name reflect who and what I am about? You see, I’ve realized that there are things we each consistently bring to the table, or better yet advertise to the world every time others enter our space. However, I was not certain I was sending the vibrations to yield my desired result. I believe each person was born to fulfill a divine purpose. Therefore, we must learn to walk worthy of the vocation to which we were called. As women aspiring excellence in our lives we must carry ourselves as vessels of a gift to the world through our business ventures, aspirations, and relationships. By focusing on who we present to the world, we become fit to serve others. The first step to determining your personal brand is to note key attributes or deliverables you desire to bring to your surroundings which includes each of the many hats you wear. In my case, I listed three key attributes that fit what I desire as my brand- motivation, empowerment, and transformational energy. These things create a brand that generates a following just like any other product. This is why businesses develop a mission statement that fosters their brand. This leads me to step two, a mission statement. Create a personal mission statement. This could be something as simple as, "I will live a life by which I equip and empower others to shift their thinking in order to transform their lives," which happens to be the one I developed for myself that day. Your statement should be something that you will live up to but also stretches you to show up daily. Last, eliminate your myopic view of yourself and see the strengths that uniquely define you. Your impact on your surroundings is within your realm of control but you must broaden your scope of view of yourself. We have been called by God, and he has given us gifts. We live in a society that emphasizes individualism, like personal success. But we must not lose sight that it is the sum of individuals that makes up the world. So do not gain the world with its fame and fortune to lose your identity or personal brand. See yourself as an individual who is a part of a larger picture. With an understanding of what you show up with each day equips you with all you need to be fit to serve those along life's journeypersonally and professionally.

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7 Principles of Healthy Living for Smart & Successful Women By Tosh Patterson

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You may not be a famous singer like Stacy Lattimore, but I'd be willing to bet you're just as busy. More than likely you keep a very hectic schedule as you attempt to run here, there, and everywhere. And, it seems, this hectic pace has resulted in us now living in a world that has become more and more automated, down to how we select and purchase our food. I’m sure you’d agree becoming an automated society means we fail to acknowledge how certain things simply should not be automated, because those shortcuts wind up shortchanging our collective health. I'm sure you'd agree there isn't enough time for you to consistently nurture yourself in meaningful ways. In my opinion, our modern day dilemma has emerged because we do not have enough time to slow down, reflect, listen, and be calm. I want to invite you to practice the Healthinista Creed: 7 Principles of Healthy Living for Smart & Successful Women. Who is a Healthinista? Well, YOU, because you are a smart & successful woman striving to be well, eat well, & live well.

Healthinista take the daily vitamin of these 7 principles; repeat each one aloud to yourself: 1) I recharge my batteries because I can't work continuously. I make time for my self-care through play, relaxation, & nutrition. 2) I sleep & rest to revitalize my body, my mind, & my creativity. I have set routines that allow me to enjoy good & restful sleep. 3) I follow a healthy eating plan loaded veggies & fruit to enrich my body & energize my system naturally. 4) I drink lots of water to flush my body of impurities & keep my vessel healthy. 5) I regularly move my body to stimulate my heart, reduce stress, & increase my energy. 6) I express emotions, instead of soothing myself with food. I let go of guilt & regularly forgive myself. 7) I take 5 minutes daily to be still. I go within to find calm & experience inner peace. When you wake up in the morning, or sometime throughout the day, give yourself at least 5-10 minutes of uninterrupted calm. Really, the important thing here is to simply stop and be with your thoughts. Ask yourself "was I able to nourish my mind, body, and spirit with one of these principles today?" These kinds of changes will create conscious living and help you shift from overwhelm to fulfillment, from automated to intentional…and who would not want this?

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In the matters of personal development, it’s extremely critical that you break yourself away from living up to someone else’s expectations of you. Our loved ones, God bless their heart. We know they mean well, but how can they know exactly where you belong without being you? Even though they have your best interest at heart and only want what's best for you, you have to understand that your path is just that...yours.

Allow guidance, but never allow destinations by another. You’ll end up being unhappy and limit your true destiny. Our destiny belongs to us. Our dreams belong to us. I dare you to grow.

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Look who WE Magazine Entrepreneur Spotlight celebrates this month...

Monokia Nance is a powerful award winning speaker, author and transformation coach, with more than a decade of experience working for and with women and girls across the nation. Her acclaimed programs are impacting the masses for a lifetime, not just for a moment. Her life's work is to help women (and some 5 star men) to identify and deliver their life’s purpose and ultimately “love the life they live and live the life they love.”

She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Inc. (HWHN) a nonprofit community based organization, which promotes holistic wellness for women and families through education, physical and mental health, economic and self-empowerment. Monokia Nance is a proven Entrepreneur and since starting HWHN at the tender age of 18 at Morgan State University, while pursuing a B a c h el o r of Science d eg r ee in Telecommunication, Monokia not only helped to grow the organization internationally but in 2006 became the Founder and CEO of Artistic Mirror Marketing and Design. Women’s Elevation Magazine | March 2013

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Monokia Nance is a proven Entrepreneur and since starting HWHN at the tender age of 18 at Morgan State University, while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication, Monokia not only helped to grow the organization internationally but in 2006 became the Founder and CEO of Artistic Mirror Marketing and Design. Monokia has worked with some of the most brilliant brands in the Nation, to include; FORD, DSW, Guess, BCBG Maz Azria, Limited Brands and Rooter Router.

WE Magazine got a chance to sit down with Ms. Nance for our March Issue and here is what she had to say about the phenomenal things she’s doing with Heal a Women to Heal a Nation, Inc.... WE Magazine: What inspired you to get into the business/field you are in? M. Nance: When I was in middle in high school I was overly involved in everything, I literally mean everything student government, choir, dance, if there was something to do, I most likely was involved, well everything except sports that is..lol Although I had lots of friends, teachers and extended family support, I still felt alone. I really didn't know who to trust or who even to talk to about my problems. So when I went to collage I decided that I would do my best to help other girls not to feel the way I did. I decided to create a platform that would not only support the girl I was but the women I was becoming. WE Magazine: What keeps you driven and elevated to continue on the journey? M. Nance: My driving force is seeing the change in the women I support through my work. My clients, workshop participants and the girls I mentor continually share with me the impact our relationship makes on their lives. Those results are what makes the tough days a bit easier to bare.

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WE Magazine: What is your favorite quote/mantra to go by as you reach for the stars? M. Nance: “Love Life and Live in Happiness" You only get one life to live so make it the best one you possibly can. Life is short so why not live those short moments in true happiness. WE Magazine: What kind of events can we expect from your organization in the future? M. Nance: We are having our 10 Annual Heal a Woman Heal a Nation 2013 Conference. Where you can join us for two amazing days of interactive workshops from world class experts and award winning speakers sharing their insights, strategies, experiences and life lessons.

Our speakers will help you to take charge of your money, career, business, relationships, health, and overall wellness. Now is the time to Get Inspired, Get Motivated, Get Educated, and Get Equipped. Your personal and professional goals and milestones are important and we have the tools to help you achieve them both. Some of our speakers include Monthyna James-Brightful the founder and host of the conference, speaker and author Nicole Roberts Jones, coach and TV personality Dee Marshall, and myself. It’s being held April 12-13 in Pikesville, Maryland.

For more information on how to get connected with Nance and Heal a Woman Heal a Nation visit them at www.partofthecure.org. Also Follow them on Twitter www.twitter.com/hwhn and Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/partofthecure

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Why did she leave the music industry, where has she been and what is she doing now?

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WE Magazine had a chance to sit down and talk with the talented Ms. Stacy Lattisaw-Jackson about her life after being an R&B star. If anyone knows her story they know that Lattisaw left the music scene at the top of her career with chart topping songs like “Let Me Be Your Angel”, “Love on a Two-Way Street”, and “Where Do We Go from Here” featuring Johnny Gill. Lattisaw chatted with us about her life after the music business, her reasons for leaving, and what she’s been up to since.

WE Magazine: Well I just want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with us.

I never really wanted to sing professionally, but that was my mother’s dream.

Lattisaw-Jackson: No problem. Thank you. WE Magazine: I want to start out by taking our readers from the beginning of your journey to now. I know that you started out at a young age singing in front of thousands of people, but I want to know do you remember a time before you began singing professionally.

WE Magazine: I actually got a chance to see the video of you on UnSung and you had mentioned that you were not passionate about singing professionally. Let’s fast forward a little because at some point in your career you were at the top of the charts, you had hit after hit, and you decided to walk away from it all. Tell me a little bit about what that was like.

Lattisaw-Jackson: As a young girl I sang at many different functions, but my first performance was at my sisters’ school. My sister was in high school and they were having a talent show. I was 9 at the time, but they wanted me to do two songs, and of course I said no because I was very shy at the time. I didn’t really want to sing outside of the home, but my mother convinced me to do it. And after that my parents started getting phone calls for me to do other events, and then I went on to sing at a major event at Fort DuPont Park. That was really the start of my professional career. From there I had gotten management, and at the time my aunt worked for an entertainment attorney that worked for Atlantic Records. He had heard a tape of me, and that’s how I got signed to Atlantic records.

Lattisaw-Jackson: During that time in my career I had recorded 10 albums, and I just found that I really didn’t have any contentment in my life. I was actually honored to open for the Jacksons in 1981 which was the highlight of my career, and I was 14 at the time and didn’t want to do the tour. The reason being that I knew I was going to be on the road for 13 weeks. We travelled to 36 different cities, and at the time I was just a little girl, and I wanted to be doing the things that my other counterparts were doing. To add onto that I have also always suffered from bouts of depressions, and I didn’t really feel like I fit in with the industry at that time of my life. Because of the bad representation of the management and the non-support of the record label I became a little frustrated with the industry. Women’s Elevation Magazine | February 2013

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And that’s when I began to pray and ask God what he wanted for my life, and he showed me the light. WE Magazine: Wow. I couldn’t imagine going through bouts of depressions at such a young age. Especially in the lime light because you had to put on a “face” and that brings me to the next question. As a woman in the music industry how do you feel they treated you as opposed to men in the industry? A lot people see the glitz and the glamor of the music industry, but don’t see what goes on behind closed doors. So how hard was it to maneuver in the music industry as a woman? Lattisaw-Jackson: I think I was 22 when Johnny Gill and I had recorded “Where Do We go From Here” and that is when rap music was coming in and R&B music was starting to fade away.

We travelled to 36 different cities, and at the time I was just a little girl ... R&B artists were having a difficult time dealing with that aspect. But another element you have to add into that is the fact that videos were starting to come out then, and people we starting to focus on dancing and things like that. Also there was a situation where you had to show more skin in order to sell records. And I was always raised to be a woman of integrity. I felt as though if that’s what it takes for me to reach another level of success then I just felt like they could have their industry. I just felt I respected myself and body and I chose not to go there. I believe that it has gotten worse because some of the young ladies are wearing nothing and are degrading themselves. And I feel if you don’t respect yourself as an artist then it makes it harder to make a mark. WE Magazine: Exactly many of the people in the music industry get so wrapped up in the fact that “Sex sells” that often they placate to the demands that the people of around them put on them. Lattisaw-Jackson: Exactly, but I feel that your integrity is going to speak louder than your fame. Who you are and what you stand for is going to speak for you. There are a lot of young girls that are looking up to them in business, and they are thinking in their head that they can do exactly what they see on TV.

I have a 15 year old daughter and it is quite disturbing. WE Magazine: And that moves into my next question I read that your daughter was attempting to pursue a music career. What methods are you using to teach her not to follow what she sees and what advice can you give the young ladies that want to pursue a music career themselves? Lattisaw-Jackson: Truthfully speaking my daughter sings, but because of the R&B industry being the way it is she does not want to be a part of it. Because both of my children were brought up in the church they have certain values. My daughter decided that because of those values she has decided not to be a part of the industry. She does sing in church, but as far as her R&B industry that is a big no. But my son, who is 19, wants to be in the music industry. He wants to be in the R&B industry and he is currently working on his album.

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WE Magazine: Do you feel that men have it a lot easier in the music industry because they do not have the same sort of pressures placed on them? Women tend to deal with a lot more of the competition and jealously back and forth in the music industry. Do you feel that is true? Lattisaw-Jackson: I do mostly definitely feel that way. It is truly ridiculous, and I am about unity. I am a minister of gospel now, and I am all about unity. I think the lack of unity is the issue in our people and our race, and I think that we as a people don’t support one another enough. You have other races that are working together and they are not concerned with jealously or competition.

They are about working together, and that’s what my current business Believers Building Bridges deals with. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit I work with the youth and helping them discover their purpose. We help young people find what their God given talent is. We also do workshops and after school programs to help

them in a positive manner. We discuss a variety of topics from abstinence to integrity because we believe that many children don’t have a positive role model to look up to. So we try to offer that. WE Magazine: Your business also helps children who are looking to become a part of the music industry. Can you talk a little about that? Lattisaw-Jackson: We teach them about staying in school, and the importance of that. We also talk to them about not signing a contract without reading it. We talk about the ups and downs of the music business, and what to expect. We do workshops to help them hone in on their talents. Because sometimes in the industry people are taken advantage of because they Have not taken the time out to review what’s in front of them. Instead they focus in on the dollar signs. You can’t just sign your life away. We are all about helping children on a full spectrum. WE Magazine: I want to go back for a second and talk about what it was like to transition from R&B to gospel music because that is where your focus currently is. I also want to know what your current role is in regards to the music industry? Continued on page 36

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Continued from page 35 Lattisaw-Jackson: Well you know some people didn’t understand why I walked away. And then some people commended me for doing what I felt was right. I believe in integrity and I believe that respect is not given it is earned. Many people applauded me for walking away when I did, and they understood my story especially after doing the UnSung documentary. I just felt like young women were looking up to me as well as others in the music industry, and that I wanted them to see someone who respected herself enough not to compromise her beliefs. WE Magazine: You say that some people didn’t understand why you left. Talk a little bit about that. Lattisaw-Jackson: You know honestly speaking a lot of people don’t like me because of the way I left the music industry, and what I stood for. Lattisaw-Jackson: My idea is if you have a daughter and she looks back on the work that you’ve done, the songs you’ve sang, and the videos you’ve been in would she respect you? I don’t believe a lot of artists are thinking long term because long after you’re gone your integrity speaks for you. So I knew that when I walked away there were going to be some people that didn’t understand or agree with my decision. But I’d do it again if I had to because I really believe that it was the right decision for me. You can’t just think about the money you are going to make, and think about the long term. WE Magazine: It will be interesting to see what the music industry will look like in the next 5-10 years. Lattisaw-Jackson: Exactly, but there are not many of us that are thinking in the long term, and it is very disturbing. But I guess that is the price of fame. WE Magazine: It is good to hear someone that has been in the music industry speak the truth and speak about what they’ve seen happen in the industry. Lattisaw-Jackson: Right, but people don’t want to hear the truth. Especially young people they are more blinded by the glitz of it all. But you have to think about that legacy that you are going to leave behind. WE Magazine: Let’s jump to the topic of your businesses because you have a few. The Believers Building Bridges is one can you share with the readers about your other ventures? Lattisaw-Jackson: My husband and I have a recording studio called Night Flight Studios in Maryland, and we have lots of different artists that come through. My husband has mixed a lot of different artists including Gladys Knight, Deitrick Haddon and Gerald Levert, and he’s been doing that for over 20 years. That is how we met. WE Magazine: Yes, when I researched you I watched an interview you did with Monique, and you said that you had been married for 19 years. How long has it been now? Women’s Elevation Magazine | February 2013

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Lattisaw-Jackson: We have been together for 21 years now, and we actually have a second business that is called Audio Assurance. We assist churches with providing sound for their various needs. It was a business that my husband and I started about 8 years ago. We are starting another business that is currently under construction. It is called Music World Center, and it is a facility in Maryland that we are looking to open by the end of the year. And that facility will have a studio there and we are going to have mentorship programs, a soundstage, seminars, and a café. It is designed for all age groups to come and enjoy the entertainment, and help keep children off the street. WE Magazine: Well congratulations on the new business! I hope it all goes well. You are definitely a busy woman. And that moves into my next question which is how do you do all work that you do for your businesses, and still have a home life? Do you have any tips for people that want to start their own business? I know that with your Believers Building Bridges you have a program called Women Walking with Authority and you help them emotionally, mentally, and financially go towards their purpose. What are some of the things that you talk about to other women who are looking to start their own business? Lattisaw-Jackson: We always start out by saying “Never give up on your dreams” because some people give up too soon before the break through comes. My husband and I were at that place, and we were going to give up, but we kept on going. You could be so close to your break through, and you end up giving up too soon. We must find out and allow God to show us what our talents are, and what he wants us to do. So when you pray you ask God to show you what your purpose is and what he wants you to do. Because in you there is a gift you just have to find out what that gift is, and by finding that out you have to know that you are going to experience labor pains. WE Magazine: Many people are ready to give up because it is hard to continue when you feel that things are pushing against you. Lattisaw-Jackson: Exactly but you have to stay diligent and consistent in your path. The bible says “God rewards the diligent” but if you give up before he blesses you then you are walking away from what God intended you to get. God never intends for us to quit. Being persistent and diligent is the key, never quit because to everything there is a process. WE Magazine: I want to jump into your book for a second. Many may not know this but you are an author. Tell us about your book I Am Not the Same Girl: Renewed. Lattisaw-Jackson: You know what’s quite interesting the book was birthed through pain. Because it details things that I went through not only in my childhood, but the neighborhood I lived in and the school I went to. When my songs became popular I was bullied in school, and picked on by other students because of the success of my songs. I talk about how I came of school in the 8th grade, and that I was homeschooled for the rest of my schooling career. Because I was always on the road I never truly had a normal childhood. And most people only see the one sided view of the industry the glamor, the glitz, and they don’t get a chance to see the behind the scene parts. But God put it on my heart to share this story, and it was very therapeutic for me. There were times when I cried, when I laugh because it brought back so many memories. It talks about all of the things that God has brought me through, and various things from love to forgiveness. It took me two years to write the book, and I wanted to give up but God helped pushed me through it. I decided to self-publish the book on my own and it is available in some stores and on the website where it will be autographed for you along with a picture and a bookmark. Women’s Elevation Magazine | February 2013

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WE Magazine: You had mentioned before that you felt pressured to remain in the spotlight and just going back to a comment you made regarding your book you talked that the book talks about forgiveness. How did leaving the spotlight affect your personal relationship with your family since you said that it was your mother’s dream for you to sing? Lattisaw-Jackson: Well of course my dad was my co-manager at the time, they were both okay with my decision, but my dad was more concerned with what I was going to do now that I wasn’t in the spotlight. He looked at it from an income perspective, but I believed that God took me out of that industry for reason. It has been 21 years since then and I have not lost a thing financially. I am happy for the opportunities that God has been able to provide. The fact that I am able to go into the schools and inspire young people is priceless and to let them know that they are loved that is an honor. WE Magazine: When you look back over everything is there anything that you would have done differently? Lattisaw-Jackson: I don’t think so. I think believe that everything that has happened is a part of God’s plan. Even when I did not want to sing at 9 years old I believe that it is what God wanted me to do. I believe that if I had not have done those things that I would not be where I am today. I believe that it was predestined and I would not change a thing. WE Magazine: Ending out this interview, tell our readers what you want to be remembered for when all of this fades away? Lattisaw-Jackson: A woman with integrity that refused to compromise. WE Magazine: Thank you so much for talking with WE Magazine. We appreciate you sharing your story with our readers. Lattisaw-Jackson: Thank you for the opportunity. To find out more about Stacy Lattisaw-Jackson follow her via Twitter @StacyLattisaw, as well as, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stacylattisawfriends. Visit www.stacylattisaw.net to find out what she is doing! Women’s Elevation Magazine | March 2013

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HOW DO YOU PLAN TO GET THE PRIZE? I Corinthians 9:24 NIV “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

It is imperative that every business owner realize that in this race called life there will be set backs, but that you must continue to run YOUR race. The emphasis is on the word YOUR. You cannot spend your time worrying about where someone else is in their race or if they are flying by you. You must look at your steps and know that they are ordered.

We are all runners in this race called life, but that doesn’t mean that we are running the same race. Everyone has a destiny and getting to that ultimate prize is determined by the steps the runner takes and the path that God guides them. No matter which road that runner turns down God has already planned accordingly and has a way to maneuver you back on his path for you. As business owners we often get caught up in what someone else is doing that we lose sight of all of the things God has blessed us with. We forget that there are blessings that are unseen and unheard because we are too busy wondering why we aren’t where we think we should be. At the end of the day it is as simple as this: Trust your instincts and trust God. That little voice inside yourself that keeps pushing you to keep going is not just a voice but a blessing from God. That voice speaks to you ever so quietly where only you and God can hear. Only when you keep moving, climbing, and fighting for your destiny does your prize become in reach.

Amen

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Red wine and garlic mushrooms Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 2-3 cloves garlic, minced Âź cup red wine 16 oz. mushrooms (I used cremini, but you can use whatever kind you want) 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped parsley Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once butter is melted and begins to bubble, add in garlic, stirring frequently, until it turns just golden, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in red wine and return mixture simmer. Add in mushrooms and toss to coat with sauce. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Remove lid, season with salt and pepper, and continue cooking on medium-low heat for an additional 5-8 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked through and the bottoms are golden. Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle parsley over the top.

Source: Adapted from Bev Cooks Taken: Dragitthroughthegarden

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Mini Berry Cheesecakes Makes 12 Ingredients 6-7 graham crackers 3 Tbsp. melted butter 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese, softened 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2/3 cup granulated sugar Topping ideas: Fresh berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. Fruit pie filling, such as cherry or mixed berry Chopped pecans or walnuts Fresh whipped cream Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with 12 paper baking cups, or leave mini cheesecake pan unlined. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers with melted butter until you’ve achieved wet sand consistency. Place 1 tbsp. of graham cracker mixture into each cup, gently patting into the bottom and sides of each cup. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add lemon juice and sugar. Beat until smooth and thoroughly combined. Fill each baking cup 2/3 full with cream cheese mixture. Adapted from - The Comfort of Cooking

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Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients 4 tbs butter 2 tbs honey 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning 1/2 tsp black pepper 3/4 cup water Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In an ovenproof pot, heat butter and honey over medium heat until melted. Sprinkle pork tenderloin with Cajun seasoning and black pepper. Brown each side for 5 minutes in the honey butter. Lower heat if honey begins to burn. Place pot in oven and roast uncovered for 15 - 20 minutes*. Remove pot from oven and transfer the pork to a plate. Cover with foil. Add water to the pot and stir over medium heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until sauce is reduced slightly. Slice pork on the diagonal and drizzle sauce over top to serve. *NOTE: May need to cook longer depending on the size and thickness of the pork tenderloin. Adpated from – Food.com Taken From – Momma Hen’s Kitchen Women’s Elevation Magazine | March 2013

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LaTersa Blakely “On your way up the success ladder, reach back and help someone else, that way we can all have a glass of wine together instead of alone”~LaTersa Blakely LaTersa Blakely, Beyond Brokenness Coach teaches women to go from brokenness to greatness by increasing their self-esteem so that they can live a happier and fulfilled life. She is also the author of her upcoming book: From Brokenness to Greatness: A guide to living beyond your past & stepping into your greatness. This book will inspire those who are broken, suffering with low self-esteem or for those who can't seem to forget about their past. My prayer is for each and every person to stop letting their past dictate their future and to start stepping into their God given purpose.

WE Magazine: Do you feel that every woman can have balance in her life? L. Blakely: Yes I strongly feel that about every woman because balance is an individual thing, it is no one right or wrong way to establish balance. You have to be willing to try different things. WE Magazine: In the book, you share with us tips we can implement today that will help us balance work and family. L. Blakely: How did you develop these tips? Mostly, I had to recall all the things that I learned when I first begin my journey of entrepreneurship. Please know that these tips are what works for me and my household and not all of them might not work for yours; however, take what is applicable to your household and start implementing them today. WE Magazine: Are there ever times when you still struggle with keeping it all together? L. Blakely: Yes, absolutely, but I quickly find a solution. I’m pretty much for the most part, structured with my day to day tasks, that I rarely have an entire day off tract. I have to stay focused and stick to my list of chores, whether its household or business related WE Magazine: Who did you write Momproneur for? L. Blakely: I wrote it for moms, expecting moms, mom entrepreneurs. This book will help guide them from motherhood into entrepreneurship. I also know the struggles that we go through on a daily basis, so I wanted to shed a little hope and light on the matter.

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WE Magazine: What inspired you to write your first book? L. Blakely: I would have to say the women in my networking groups, other moms, and it is one that I’ve always wanted to write because when I first begin my entrepreneurial journey, my babies were tiny, and I would always get the question: how do you do all that you’re doing and having little babies at the house? WE Magazine: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? L. Blakely: Yes, I want women of all ages to know that you can have it all: the family, career or business, you just have to go after it and get it. But know that there is always help available if you seek it out. WE Magazine: Do you have any advice for other writers? L. Blakely: I would say that when you have a story on the inside of you, it serves you and no one else, to keep it hidden. Get it out on paper, write the vision and make it plain. Someone out there needs to hear your story. Don’t make it complicated, writing can be fun. Write a chapter a week, just get started.

WE Magazine: Why should we buy your book? L. Blakely: You should buy Momproneur because is it jammed packed with real life experience and tips that will help any mother or Mompreneur out there who is looking to make the transition from motherhood to mom entrepreneur. WE Magazine: What projects are you currently working on? L. Blakely: I’m re-branding myself and my company. Working on some new workshops for later on in the year. We will be having a ton of webinars and teleseminars to keep everyone tending to their own garden and planting a new vision for their life.

For more information regarding LaTersa Blakely follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ authorlatersablakely and on Twitter at @LatersaBlakely. Also check out her website at http://latersablakely.com/.

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