Sequoia B – From Behind The Scene To On The Scene

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       (Photo Courtesy:  Luc-Richard Photography)

A lot of people are very comfortable being comfortable, people are just comfortable living and for me I’m not comfortable living. I want to be the best version of what I could possible be while I’m on this earth and leave an extraordinary legacy.

Ambitious, determined and intellectual are some of the characteristics I’d use to describe Sequoia B.

One of the first female directors, Sequoia B was a commercial and music video director for 9 years, working with artist such as Justin Bieber, Diggy Simmons, Jacob Latimore and many others. Sequoia  didn’t know something was missing from her life and career until she came close to death about a year and a half ago and that’s when everything changed.

Sequoia B realized that if she was to leave this earth, she wouldn’t of been happy with the legacy she would have left behind.

Always been interested in life coaching, personal development and self help, Sequoia decided to make her passion her reality and began her business 7AM. The website is about personal development and relationship advice. 7AM is an online course platform. With 7AM, consumers are able to purchase personal development courses, for example some of the courses are ‘How to Get to The Next Level in Your Relationship?’ ’21 Days of Stress Relief,’ ‘How to Get Pass Your Stress’ and many others. These courses are designed to make a positive difference in a persons life. Although she loves 7AM now, Sequoia still has bigger plans for the future of her ‘baby.’

My bigger vision is to have an accountability coach for every single person who comes on the platform because what I’m seeing right now is people want help and people want to get to the next level of their lives and have that great experience but don’t do the work.

The accountability coaches will act as a teacher and go through the course with you. To get to know more about 7AM and what it has to offer, follow the link below.

https://7am.life/

On her road to entrepreneurship, Sequoia was introduced to Draper University started by Tim Draper. Sequoia earned an early stage investments from Tim Draper, as well as a match deal from an additional investor and she was able to continue to work on what used to be called Love Uncut. Thanks to her work and success Sequoia was also offered to be a Entrepreneurial Resident at Draper .

Thanks to Sequoia B and Tim Draper, Draper University became a reality show ‘StartUp U’ which airs Thursday’s on ABC Family. The season finale will air this Thursday (10/15) at 5PM EST. You can tweet to Sequoia @SequoiaB during the show using #StartupU. Check out the sneak peek for Thursday’s episode!

Advice that Sequoia would give to anyone contemplating a decision or working on accomplishing something or having issues achieving their goals is to ‘just do it.’

I think Nike got it right with ‘just do it,’ because literally you can spend so much time in your head thinking about something, that you can talk yourself in circles until you talk yourself out of it. No matter where you are in the phase, no matter where you are in the process, just start, just go and just do it. There is no right time, you just have to start and eventually it’ll come what it’s suppose to be become.

Google now into Fortune Telling?

Sadly, Sci-Fi movies haven’t been proven right, yet. Computers can’t predict our futures, aside from weather forecasting and the like. However, a new fortune-telling app, dubbed ‘Google’ Fortunetelling-Predict your future, a FAKE google branch is going viral currently.

Having an interface very similar to the original search engine, this is an initiative by the creators to spread awareness about the 60 million refugees with unsure futures muddy with discrimination and social rejection.

Typing in the search box prompts a few pre-set questions like, “is there a place where they will accept me?” or “will humans ever stop fighting war?” and pressing the Predict my Future takes the user to a -well, very unexpected page. We wont include any spoilers.

However noble the cause may be, betagoogle does nothing to solve the problem though. It just spreads an awareness, using Google’s name to attract more users. It also asks them to share the issue on Facebook and Twitter. Instead, the real  Google raised donations, matching upto $10 million to four related charities.

You can help the refugees too by donating here. Lets Make A Difference.

Willow Joins The Society

050dce5b7c1215835093598c83fd4bf14f5356-wmBeing the product of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, you’re destined for greatness and it has been proven true time and time again. Willow Smith has just proved it be a true again when the 14-year-old singer, writer, dance, actress and now model decided to join The Society. This is the same agency where one of the Kardashians, Kendall models! Willow is always full of surprises with her uniqueness and spunk, so I know she’ll leave fans in awe.

Nigga

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One word I’m tired of seeing and being blown out of proportion is ‘Nigga.’ Several men, not only from Black communities, but from a variety of different communities identify themselves as ‘real niggas,’ but why? What is a nigga?

Nigga is a colloquial term used in Black English Vernacular that began as an eye dialect form of the word nigger.

With the definition above, it’s understandable why Black get offended  when people of other races use the term, because it’s a sign of disrespect to Blacks and their history. I’m sure the definition above was probably created by someone who isn’t black because my definition differs from theirs. A nigga, to me isn’t worthy of being a Black person, it isn’t even a synonym for ‘nigger,’ it’s a term that ‘the streets’ made  up. I can understand how some feel as if they can relate to term, but can’t there a different term for us to use instead of that to show that we love one another? I hear the word or see it used by people of all races and I use to find myself getting upset and irritated because I felt like it was a sign of disrespect to me and the rest of the Black community, just because of what our ancestors went through.

As time pass, I realized it’s not as serious as some may make it seem. If they want to identify themselves as nigga, then by all means do that, you be ignorant, have fun! Although I have done so in the past, I don’t identify my friends, family, etc. as nigga because it’s a sign of disrespect. Now, don’t get it confused and think that I’m saying it’s okay for people to use them word ‘nigger’ I’m not saying that all! I just feel like a nigger and a nigga or two different things.

So if Kylie Jenner wants to say ‘Happy Birthday Nigga’ to her friend let her. If it isn’t disrespecting you or what you stand for, what exactly is the issue?

Just remember that a nigger isn’t a nigga.

Prime Time With QT Jazzy

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(Photo Courtesy: Rod at Photo Magic Studios‎)

Atlanta Pop Princess “QT Jazz” also known as Jasmine Robinson talks music, hard work and what it’s like to be a fresh face in the industry.  One of her latest songs, ‘At your Best’  received 10k plays on soundcloud within a week after it was released! QT Jazzy has been in the industry for years and she has never disappointed her fans, but now she is taking her career to another level.

Singer, songwriter, dancer and actress- QT Jazz is the Jack of all Trades, (or should we say Jazz of all Traders) when it comes to art. According to the 19-year-old performer, “being an artist is sharing your life story with the world, flipping through the pages together.”

Of course my music would have to be my main focus, but in my music I enjoy most, and a lot people ask what do you like most: singing, acting or dancing? And I say performing, because its kinda like, doing all three.

Performing on stage with charisma and confidence, and getting back an equally enthusiastic response from the audience is what fuels the fire within the “Tornado” singer, and inspires her to write even more music. QT doesn’t get pre-performance jitters, she stays calm and focused, into the zone, as if this is what she is meant to do. Five years down the line, she sees herself on a tour, covering her favorite places across the States; Atlanta, Florida, Carolina, and of course, New York.

She also sees herself expanding the QT Collection, a , an assorted lip gloss line of Celfie Cosmetics, available for purchase on her website. QT Jazz loves makeup, and is thinking of introducing an array of nail paints, complimenting her lip gloss collection. Surprising news for all fans: she has also been considering a clothing line!

According to her website www.qtjazz.com, she has opened for and worked with, multi-talented entertainers, such as Monica, B.O.B, Mindless Behavior, Diggy, Jacob Latimore, Issa, Jawan Harris, TI, Tiny, Kandi, and Lil Wayne. She dreams of working with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, both of whom she falls short of words to describe with, Ne.Yo, whom she considers the face of classic RnB, and Torri Kelly, the “good girl with a don’t-try-me attitude”.

 

Warm, cheerful and bubbling with a seemingly endless supply of optimism, QT Jazz answers a few questions that fans have been eager to know.

I: How do you balance your music with other obligations?

QT: I actually find the busier I am, the better it is for me, to just stay focused. So a typical day for me would be doing interviews in the morning, going to studio, going to dance class…It works way better when I’m busy.

I: How would your define the word “success”?

QT: (thinks) If I was to define success, I’d say I feel successful right now, because I’m happy in my career, I’m accomplishing my goals. Being able to give back to those who gave to me.. that to me is successful.

I: Do you like working solo, or in a group?

QT: I actually started in a group, [QT Posse], and I get the difference between working solo and in a group.. I was there from the whole process of OMG Girlz, from start to finish, and to see the decisions that they had to make, the sacrifices they had to make, I don’t know if I could’ve done that.

I: Why did you choose to play this kind of music?

QT: I think its very hard for an audience to listen to music that they don’t like.. People often make music that’s trending, and I’m like, I like pop music, I like R ‘n’ B, and that’s simply why I chose it.

I: Personal advice you would give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

QT: One, to train, because that’s one thing no one take away from you. Two, watch what you say to people, because people remember… and watch what you post online, because online, it’s a huge opportunity;..its like your own promo. You can be your own business.

QT’s biggest inspirations are her mother, and her brother and producer, Gphonics. She plans on releasing her EP very soon.

Get more of QT Jazz on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, or check out her EPK!