1st Annual DreamHer Fest Recap

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This weekend I had the pleasure of attending DreamHer Fest hosted by 100 Females Business League and Ms CEO Society.  DreamHer is an interactive festival of current and aspiring female entrepreneurs who gather to inspire, be enlightened, and support other female-owned businesses. Upwards of 250 women filled Studio 7 in Downtown Atlanta on Saturday to hear established businesswomen share their expertise in branding, maintaining originality, legal do’s and don’ts and other relative girl boss topics.

Attendees of DreamHer’s inaugural event were greeted by a bright, elegant room filled with modern art, a full bar sponsored by Core Water and sounds by a rockstar female deejay. Speakers included Necole Kane of Xonecole.com, Jewel Tankard of Bravo’s Thicker Than Water: The Tankards, Candace Mitchell, founder of MyAvana, Audria Richmond, author and marketing/branding strategist and more.

Mogul chats were moderated by event hosts, 100 Females founder Nicole Garner and Ms. CEO Society founder Kimber Raell. They revealed that their goal was to gather female leaders and soon-to-be-leaders in a festival format so that women could freely network, invest in other businesses, and gain powerful tools to take into their own entrepreneurial iniatives.

Kane, founder of xoNecole.com, spoke volumes on pursuing purpose over numbers. Shutting down her leading celebrity blog, NecoleBitchie.com to revamp her brand was a scary leap that took 5 years for her to take, but she admits making this decision led to freedom and a product she can be proud of. Mitchell provided us knowledge on the ever-growing relativity of technology to business. Each speaker covered the large dynamic of topics that impact the way we do business.

During the 6-hour fest, women were given the opportunity to shop vendors that included clothing lines, self-defense training, and fitness classes. Food truck, Fork & Boot provided a taste of New Orleans and tasty cupcakes were a sweet treat to top off with a smooth drink from the bar.

Take a look below at footage from the event and be sure to snag your ticket to next year’s event!!!

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Kneel or Naw?

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We’re backkkkkkkk!!!! Charles Devon and I return to discuss the brewing #takeaknee topic. After President Trump called NFL players protesting against the National Anthem by taking a knee, “sons of b#%c*3@,” many people across the nation kneeled in solidarity symbolizing resistance against injustice and divisive attacks.

Tune in for our take on the issue. Also, Charles introduces us to a new artist in his Music Note and I offer enlightenment with help from DeVon Franklin’s latest book, The Hollywood Commandments in my Inspirational Segment. With the return of This Ain’t a Movie and fresh new topics, this fall is going to be littttt!!!!!

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@charlesdevonmusic   @reneenicolegibson

You Don’t Have to Hear God to Hear God

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

Knowing God is a privilege. The relationship we have with Him gives us access to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit affords us insight and discernment. But what do we do in those still moments when God seems as quiet as a Yo-Yo Ma concert? It’s in those times that God doesn’t appear to be anywhere in sight that we must cling to that which we already know about Him and act accordingly.

We all have people in our lives that we are close to. It may be our mother, father, best friend, a cousin, spouse. You’ve been around this person for so long you can almost calculate their every move. As we spend more time with God, this is how our relationship with Him becomes. We may not hear from Him directly in every instance of our life, but as we grow, He trusts us to make the right decision. He gives us intuition that provides us peace to make certain moves. We are familiar with His mannerisms and know that He will be pleased with our response.

I’m sure many of you are reading this and saying to yourself, “That is not the case at all. If God doesn’t give me a clear answer, I’m lost and confused and begging Him to speak to me.” I want you to think of the last time you were relying on a response from God but heard crickets. What did you do? Most times when we have to make a decision and God doesn’t smack us on the forehead with a clear sign, we trust our gut. What if I told you that your gut was God’s response? That is the Holy Spirit nudging you because you are maturing and it’s time to become familiar with His ways rather than wanting Him to make every decision for you.

We want God to baby us all of our lives but there comes a point where He, being the good good Father He is, has to remove the training wheels and let us pedal on our own, trusting that He taught us all the proper lessons to coast. When you are a child, your parents tell you what to wear, what to eat, when to go to bed, but when you become an adult they trust that they have provided you the tools to be successful in this world. A good parent is always there for advice and welcomes their child home with open arms, but their expectations of you increase as you mature.

God knows what you’re capable of. He knows the gifts He placed inside of you when He created you. He knows the skills He’s developed in you over the years. Now He is trusting you to follow the intuition He has given you, the Holy Spirit, put on your big boy or girl pants, and maneuver in this thing called life. It doesn’t have to be so hard. Follow your gut and receive His peace today.