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11 July 2020

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  • Brush Up on TikTok Marketing at Upcoming Online Event
    11 July 2020

    If you think TikTok is just for the kids … well, you may be partly right. It’s definitely a social media platform for younger generations.

    But they’re consumers, too. And they could be interested in your brand, if only they knew about it.

    An upcoming free online event may help you learn more about TikTok and what it can do for your brand. On July 22, you can check out the online event “How Brands are Winning on TikTok” and see for yourself.

    The event promises advice from people who’ve “mastered” TikTok and know what sort of strategies there can work for a small business like yours. And the best part … it’s free!

    To learn more and register for this free online event, click the link below.

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    And don’t forget to check out all these other great small business events coming up in the near future.

    Fostering Girls in STEM to be Women in Tech
    July 15, 2020, Chicago, IL

    How can we create an environment, in both schools and businesses, which encourages women to enter and advance in the tech field? This event will focus on opportunities in Chicago to engage young girls in STEM education and prepare them for studies and careers in technology. Whether you are a parent, child, manager, or CEO – our discussion will bring relevant insight for all.

    How Brands Are Winning on TikTok, Free Online Event
    July 22, 2020, Online

    Join in this chat with global digital marketing leaders who have mastered TikTok, as they share what kind of content and marketing strategies can increase growth and brand engagement on this ever popular platform.

    Small Business Expo 2020 – BOSTON
    August 13, 2020, Boston, MA

    Small Business Expo is the most anticipated business-to-business networking & educational event, trade show & conference for business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, decision-makers or anyone who works for a small business or is interested in starting a Small Business. Small Business Expo is a FREE one-day event to attend for small businesses to network, attend great business-growth workshops, build new business relationships, exchange ideas, shop from new vendors and learn from leading industry experts.

    Small Business Expo 2020 – PHILADELPHIA
    October 28, 2020, Philadelphia, PA

    Small Business Expo is a FREE one-day event to attend for small businesses to network, attend great business-growth workshops, build new business relationships, exchange ideas, shop from new vendors and learn from leading industry experts. If you are serious about starting or growing your business, Small Business Expo is a “must attend” event. Small Business Expo is the #1 Business to Business Networking Event for business owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups, decision-makers or anyone who works for a small business or is interested in starting a Small Business.

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    This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends.

    You can see a full list of events, contest and award listings or post your own events by visiting the Small Business Events Calendar.

    This article, "Brush Up on TikTok Marketing at Upcoming Online Event" was first published on Small Business Trends

  • How To Compare Loans
    11 July 2020

    Not so long ago if you wanted to take out a loan you had little chance to compare loans, and little choice about where you borrowed. It was either the high street bank, or a building society or friendly society. And the amount you borrowed was severely restricted too. You were mostly relying on the […]

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  • How To Compare Home Owner Insurance Quotes
    11 July 2020

    Do you already home owner insurance policy? If so, when was the last time you reviewed your insurance policy? Have you made additions or repairs to your home since the last time? Have you purchased new, expensive items since the last time? If you can answer yes to these and similar questions, it is definitely […]

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  • 5 Things to Consider in Finding Your Perfect Mentor 
    11 July 2020
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    11 July 2020
    Typosquatting is an easy hack that poses an extinction-level threat to your reputation.
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    11 July 2020

    Move over, Oracle. There's a bigger billionaire on the block.

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  • Museum Director Amy Andrieux: Fulfilling Her Passion Through Working in the Arts
    11 July 2020

    The arts isn’t for the weak or the uninspired. Having the creativity to express one’s inspiration is needed in order to be successful. Amy Andrieux, the executive director of MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) in Brooklyn, New York, took an interesting road by working in the media field to land a dream situation that suits her creative soul.

    BLACK ENTERPRISE got into the mind of Andrieux long enough for her to express what it takes to do her job and what she has planned for many years at MoCADA.

    How long have you been working at MoCADA and what is your role?

    I’ve been working at MoCADA since August 2018. After working at Steve Stoute’s Translation L.L.C. and United Masters (which came after an international role working at Red Bull Media House), I took a break from working corporate media and advertising jobs to focus on my creative endeavors. When I picked up an amazing opportunity to do freelance writing for a big fashion magazine, I emailed all of the artists, musicians, designers, culture makers, and creatives I knew to keep me in the loop of what they working on. MoCADA reached back and I was so inspired, I wrote a full year strategic plan and sent it over. A week later, I was hired by the board as a consultant. Six months later, I was voted in as executive director.

    I am responsible for keeping the MoCADA cultural engine alive, from expanding on our three arms of programming, including exhibitions, education, and community and now MoCADA Digital, to the business side of things like fundraising, networking, and creating opportunities to build more visibility for the artists we work with across the African diaspora. I have huge goals set for the next 20 years of MoCADA.

    As a curator, what type of skills are needed and how has your background helped you obtain such a position?

    As a native New Yorker, who grew up here during the ’90s, it is pretty hard not being a culture kid. So art, film, music, fashion, and social movements that empower marginalized people have always been fascinating to me. I dived into art pretty early. I made my own and even attended weekend art classes at Fashion Institute of Technology when I was in high school. But as a first generation American, art wasn’t a practical job. So I always did art on the side (curating and exploring), while I maintained a day job in media. While I don’t fit the traditional mold of what makes a curator in NYC, that’s what afforded me a way in. I’m a marketer by trade, and passionate about uplifting Black culture and connecting the dots of the diaspora in every way. Thinking differently, being innovative, and putting our people first got me the job.

    What drives you to be successful in what you have done and are doing?

    My mother used to say that I’m never satisfied, and at one point I used to believe that. I actually think there’s just so much more for me to learn, and challenges I want to conquer. I’m also a professor at New School University, Parsons School of Design, so I value education and also sharing what I’ve learned with the next generation and learning from them.

    I’ve been blessed and lucky to explore so many roles and to have a longevity in the creative space internationally. I’m the “put your head down and hustle hard” type. So when I’m inspired, I go hard and that’s most of the time. I think I learned to leverage that and other skills and interests that make me a one-of-one, from some of the good and hard people that I’ve worked for and with over the years. It has also made me never accept less than what I know I can give or get. I just want Black people to be free and to express their innate creativity however they choose. And I like being a part of that process.

    What do you think is the next trend in the arts that we should prepare for?

    The thing about any type of art is not to follow the trend, but to be ahead of it. But because of COVID-19 closures, I’m hoping that we will see a rise in Black artists in the experimental world of AR/VR, and art that goes beyond just one or two mediums that can be used to create it. Artists have already been venturing into this space of participatory design, like how do you create an experience where the audience gets to contribute to how it is experienced, remembered, and how it evolved? I want to see more of this.

    I firmly believe that the work Black artists create holds so much more weight culturally. Right now and maybe for the first time in a long while or ever, we are creating without the White gaze in mind—for us by us. So I’m paying attention to how that is taking us along a path toward Afrofuturism and how that connects to ideas about and from the past.Think Octavia Butler. Terence Nance. Mickalene Thomas.

    What advice would you give to someone who wants to succeed in the field of arts and entertainment?

    Go hard or stay home. But whichever way you choose, be sure to find and hone your own voice because that is what you sets you apart from the pack.

  • Chip Fu Uses a Hip-Hop Curriculum to Elevate Students
    11 July 2020

    If you are a fan of late ’80s-mid ’90s hip-hop, then you should be familiar with the name Fu-Schnickens. If not, you may have heard NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal on one of their songs, “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock).” Being involved in hip-hop as an artist set group member Roderick “Chip Fu” Roachford on the road to being a successful entrepreneur in education.

    Roachford started a program named M.A.A.T.H. (Music Appreciation, Art, Time, and Healing) that has been gaining interest in several education programs due, in part, to the connection with hip-hop, which resonates with students more than many subjects.

    BLACK ENTERPRISEwas educated about the type of curriculum that M.A.A.T.H incorporates and where the program is headed. We got the opportunity to speak to Roachford about the program and what’s in M.A.A.T.H.’s future.

    How did your background in hip-hop help you on your quest to become an entrepreneur?

    A. Being involved in hip-hop, I traveled extensively year-round and always asked about how kids in the countries I traveled to related to hip-hop. I researched if there were any curriculums in the school systems that used hip-hop as the foundation when teaching, and none of the schools had it. All they knew was what they saw on television or heard on the radio. This led to me wanting to bring that missing piece into the schools and the idea for M.A.A.T.H (Music Appreciation, Art, Time, and Healing) was born.

    B. Having a strong background and career in hip-hop helped me to create the curriculum because of what I learned on my own from being a well-rounded and respected artist in the industry. And because I was able to ask some of my colleagues in the business certain questions first before actually creating the program. When it was time to present, the principals or teachers knew my history as an artist and allowed me to make the presentation.

    Could you explain what M.A.A.T.H is and how it’s been helpful to those who are involved in the program?

    M.A.A.T.H ( Music Appreciation, Art, Time, and Healing) was created because I wanted to build several programs that can help kids on all levels from middle school, high school, and college along with kids with special needs and adults that have autism. The program first began in housing and we joined PHC (Public Housing Communities) then several suspension sites reached out because the kids from housing started spreading the word about the program. Since then, M.A.A.T.H has been taught at 12 different schools and continues to grow.

    The workshop/curriculum is designed to (1) Encourage young people to find their inner voices through various forms of musical expression including but not limited to rap, song, and spoken word. (2) Educate aspiring artists about the intricacies and complexities of the music business. (3) Provide an inspirational, motivational, and therapeutic outlet for all participants. Some of my former students are now facilitators at different schools and were paid through the program. In some schools, we partnered up with different teachers and helped them create new ways for kids to study, by creating songs to well-known music that had the study material in the songs and the success rate was incredible.

    What motivated you to start M.A.A.T.H?

    I was motivated to start M.A.A.T.H by my mother (Romania Roachford). She had a center for kids with special needs in Brooklyn called The AYAH daycare center. I saw how hard she worked to make this dream come to life and she believed that if you teach them all together, kids would be motivated by one another and it worked. I started putting the ideas together by watching her and I started in two schools before her passing to cancer. Her passing fueled me, even more, to make sure I continued the legacy on a higher scale, which helped me to include adults with autism and help them transition into living normal lives and introduce the curriculum to as many schools as possible.

    Is there any plan to expand and/or start other programs?

    I have already been asked for my curriculum to be used around the world by GHHG (Generation Hip Hop Global). I will be partnering with different companies and introducing my program in different cities that are having problems with engaging teens. We think by partnering up, we can learn more and help these places provide that platform and therapeutic outlet that’s needed.

    What is it about hip-hop that allows the world to heal, elevate, and uplift people?

    Hip-hop is a culture, it’s more than just music, and has been around for more than three decades. But it gave many people around the world the courage and helped them to find their voices to speak up about racial injustice or the harsh reality of some people’s lives. This voice or story is more than an American story, it became the voice worldwide and brought countries together that faced the same problems as we did. Seeing that we had the same problems around the world, other countries related to how we healed and helped to elevate one another and borrowed the same concepts. That’s the power of hip-hop.

  • The Week In Cannabis: Stocks In Green, FDA's CBD Report, Amazon's AWS, KushCo's Earnings
    11 July 2020

    This week started with some good news out of, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMZN), which included a cannabis company in its AWS Data Exchange, a marketplace for data run by Amazon Web Services, for the first time ever.

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  • Carter Worth And Mike Khouw's Kraft Heinz Trade
    11 July 2020

    CNBC Options Action's Carter Worth and Mike Khouw recommended on June 19 a bullish options trade in Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC). Based on Worth's bullish technical view, Khouw sold the August $32.50 put for $1.90.

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