Anthony Anderson ‘Gets Real’ About His Diabetes

Anthony Anderson Gt Real diabetes campaign

Just in time for National Diabetes Month, Black-ish star Anthony Anderson is sharing his story about being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 15 years ago in hopes that it will help others.


Anthony Anderson (Photo courtesy of Novo Nordisk)



Anderson is partnering with drug maker Novo Nordisk on the “Get Real” campaign, which aims to educate, motivate, and support those living with diabetes as they learn to manage their disease.

“For a long time following my diagnosis, I didn’t take type 2 diabetes as seriously as I should have, and I struggled to get my blood sugar under control,” the 47-year-old actor said in a press release.

“But, when my father passed away from diabetes complications, I reflected on what it was doing to me, and realized I had to change.”

Anderson opened up even more on the Get Real website about how his father’s death 10 years ago affected him: “That was really tough, especially knowing that if my dad had taken better care of himself, he might still be here.”

“My dad just didn’t know what happens when you don’t take control of your diabetes. That was a real wake-up call for me.”

“I didn’t want to just be a memory for my family, I wanted to be there. So, I vowed right then and there that things would be different, that I would get serious about managing my diabetes.”

Anderson is candid about how long it took him to change his lifestyle, particularly his diet, considering the Emmy nominee’s well-documented love of food. He also shares how resistant he was initially to taking some of the medications his physician suggested.

“My doctor just had to get real with me, and I’m glad she did. So, if you see me out there I’ll be asking people straight up: ‘Are you doing enough to manage your blood sugar? Are you being real with yourself? If not, now is the time.’”


Give Thanks For Coworkers and Clients With An Office Friendsgiving


Friendsgiving has been picking up steam over the last few years as an alternative way to celebrate Thanksgiving, but it can also be a great way to show colleagues or clients your appreciation.

Friendsgiving Styling: Black Southern Belle; Photography: MercedeB Photography; Food: Hamby Catering; Florals: Lush Florals by Renee; Rentals: Gather Vintage Rentals


Throw an Office Friendsgiving with these tips from Michiel Perry, founder and editor-in-chief of Black Southern Belle:

Put Networking First


Use a serving bowl as a place for guests to drop their business cards. To encourage participation, feel free to raffle off a great bottle of winter wine.

Don’t Forget Branding


Looking to showcase a new product or your brand philosophy? Use simple place cards such as small office envelopes on paper clips. These envelopes can be a great place to give the name of dishes as well as some insight into what you are professionally thankful for to your clients this year.

Friendsgiving Styling: Black Southern Belle; Photography: MercedeB Photography; Food: Hamby Catering; Florals: Lush Florals by Renee; Rentals: Gather Vintage Rentals


Keep Friendsgiving Food Light


Since most of your clients and/or employees will be having Thanksgiving with their family, try to keep your menu light with simple dishes such as turkey caesar salad or charcuterie boards of your favorite pickled fall vegetables. And, of course, a fall-inspired cocktail is always a good start to a fun client Friendsgiving.

Get Some Help


When you are pulling together a last-minute party, don’t be afraid to get help from a local caterer. Nothing better than supporting a small business while creating a new addition to your networking list—and even better if you can use a company that your clients enjoy utilizing. If you don’t have time find a caterer, the deli section of your local gourmet store has excellent pre-made options.

Or, for an easy Office Friendsgiving, put together an after-lunch dessert and coffee display. Find a local bakery to order a pastry assortment. And create a mocktail station, with pumpkin coffee, sparkling cider, and cranberry juice. This is perfect for office colleagues who prefer to abstain and also helps avoid some dietary restrictions such as dairy and meat.

Friendsgiving Styling: Black Southern Belle; Photography: MercedeB Photography; Food: Hamby Catering; Florals: Lush Florals by Renee; Rentals: Gather Vintage Rentals


Add Festive Decor


Be sure to add a little decor to your office conference room to create a Friendsgiving that your clients will see as Instagram worthy. Grocery stores have small bundles of multi-colored pumpkins that make the perfect decorations. If you want to add even more flair, start by pulling some decor from your home such as candlesticks, champagne buckets, and various sets of drinkware.

Follow Up


An essential part of any client event is the follow-up. Be sure to send handwritten notes with a fall candy to your guests who attended to add another touchpoint for them to remember your company and the Friendsgiving.


The Perfect African American Road Trip

Holiday time means time to hit the road, something that isn’t a necessarily stressful thing for African Americans according to a new report.

For black America, the perfect road trip lasts for six hours, was one of the findings from research conducted by Chevrolet and Harris Poll. Many African Americans also said that they had fond memories of road trips taken with their families as children. In fact, 99% of African American parents said they enjoyed road trips.

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Some other interesting tidbits about African American road trip preferences:


  • 86% said their favorite way to pass time during car travel is by listening to music with their family.
  • 81% said talking was a good way to pass time.
  • 52% preferred watching or listening to a movie or TV show to pass time.

Almost all of the survey respondents said that spending time with family was their favorite part of a road trip. Next was exploring and stopping at attractions along the way, and many stated that just “unplugging from daily life” is what made road trips so fun.

African Americans also like to travel in style—those surveyed preferred conducting their road trips in an SUV—with many preferring a large SUV with three rows. Parents also emphasized the importance of in-vehicle technology such as infotainment systems and in-vehicle Wi-Fi—features becoming more commonplace in automobiles.

By the way, the survey also revealed that Moms are more stressed about keeping kids busy and entertained during a road trip than Dads. Maybe that’s because 75% of those surveyed said Dads did the driving; only 31% of Moms drive.

Parents also bring plenty of electronic toys. Families bring along an average of 6.6 devices on family road trips, (yes, we don’t know what .6 of a device is, either).




Cardi B Creates $4.5 Million in Media Value for Christian Louboutin

Talk about #BlackGirlMagic and the power of hip-hop culture. Cardi B, a popular reality TV star turned mega hit rapper, can add yet another accomplishment to her platinum-selling resume: boosting interest in the iconic shoe brand astronomically, almost overnight.

According to a recent Business of Fashion report, Belcalis “Cardi B” Almanzar has created an estimated $4.5 million media value this year for the brand after releasing the radio banger “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” and there’s been a massive 217% spike in web searches for Christian Louboutin shoes since summer.


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The 25-year-old female lyricist raves about the “red-bottom” “bloody shoes” in the song, and, like it or not, it’s a song hard to escape, whether it was played during your favorite morning radio show or mimicked in your nephew’s latest Snapchat. Cardi B has taken the hit from the small nightclub stages to the MoMa to the Puerto Rican Day Parade and beyond. Black Hollywood heavyweights including Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, and Kevin Hart have raved about the song and Cardi and music icon Janet Jackson set the crowd and social media ablaze when she added the song to her concert set.

The song has continued its momentum from summer into fall, winning the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Single of the Year last month and breaking a No. 1 Billboard chart record that Lauryn Hill had held since the late 1990s. Black Enterprise cover girl and Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John even blasted the song at AfroTech.

One celeb not so hip to the game is Christian Louboutin himself. He recently told The New York Times he’s “not a big rap person,” but said he’d be open to meeting the Trini-Dominican-American star someday.

As for a direct sales boost correlation, the verdict’s still out. However, Deloitte reports that 20.5% of millennials look to social media and more than 15% to the web to get informed about a high-end item before purchasing. Also, Nielsen reported that black women, in particular, spend more time watching live TV, listening to the radio, and using multimedia devices than the whole U.S. female population; they are trendsetters and contribute tremendously to pushing black buying power closer to a record $1.5 trillion; and they have “enjoyed steady growth in population, incomes, and educational attainment.”

Based on the stats, one can assume that if many power women of color hear “Bodak Yellow” enough times, they might actually be prompted to give that Louboutin pump at least a second look when splurging for the holidays—or get that good sister-girlfriend to pick them up a few sample-sale pairs to go under the tree.


Five Life Lessons from Diana ‘The Boss-Grandmama’ Ross

After the moving Diana Ross family finale at last night’s American Music Awards, a whole lot more folks are wishing they were Ross relatives too—or at least invited to Thanksgiving dinner.

Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the three-hour live show channeling her mom in a succession of the diva’s designer costumes from decades past. Surrounded by the extended Ross clan onstage to say goodnight, it was clear that the 73-year-old matriarch is the center of their family’s universe, the sun around which they all circle.


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It reminded me of an interview for the Women of Power TV show when Tracee got teary reflecting on her mother’s legendary place in global culture, and the many lessons she’d learned just by watching.


Be on time.


My mother is annoyingly always on time, and “on time” means 15 minutes early, at least. “Dinner at 6” means we’re eating at 5.”


Work hard, do for yourself, and think for yourself.


My mom has an extraordinary work ethic and an incredible business sense. She doesn’t have hundreds of people running around; she handles it all. “


Make time for what matters, and family always matters.


My mom did not let anything drop with her kids—and she has FIVE kids. I never heard my mom say, “Not now, I don’t have time,” or “I can’t now, I’m going on stage.”


You can have it all, but it won’t be perfect.


Her example showed me that you can be an extraordinary mom and have an extraordinary career. People say all the time you have to choose. Sure, certain things fall here and there but, I’m sorry, my mother did not choose.”


Show up for your own life, with joy.


“My mom always looks like she swallowed the sun. If you’ve experienced her on stage, somehow you feel like she’s singing right to you and for you. It feels like her light turns your light on. As her child, it’s the same—only better, bigger, fuller, wider, deeper, delicious.”


Watch the Women of Power TV show interview of Tracee Ellis Ross:



Everything You Need to Know About the Republican Tax Plan

Recently, the House Republicans passed their tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  The proposed tax bill is expected to be one of the most significant tax overhauls since 1986.

Republicans promise the plan will provide tax savings for the typical family, simplify taxes for millions of Americans, and reduce tax burdens for corporations.

But how does it stack up for small business owners?


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Corporations Greatly Favored


For small businesses formed as corporations, the Republican tax plan will provide a huge tax benefit. The tax plan seeks to slash the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% but also eliminates certain deductions for corporations.

The plan includes a temporary allowance that would allow corporations to immediately expense capital expenditures, a benefit that can help businesses seeking to grow and expand their business operations.

While many corporations welcome the tax cuts, the Tax Policy Center argues the tax bill will cause a 1.5 trillion deficit over the next 10 years and would add to the national debt during this time.

Little-to-no Benefit for Pass-Through Entities


Most small businesses are “pass-through” entities, defined as partnerships, S-corporations, and sole proprietorships. These types of entities are very different from corporations in that they are not taxed “per se,” but the profits pass through the business owners’ tax returns.

As such, the business owner’s tax bracket will determine the amount of taxes he or she is required to pay. Therefore, owners could face taxes in the highest tax bracket on profits generated from their small businesses.

As such, the tax plan seeks to provide “some” tax relief for owners of pass-through entities by capping tax rates to 25%. While this may be advantageous, many may argue that this does not do enough for small business owners.

According to the Center on Budget and Policies Priorities (CBPP), more than 70% of small business owners organized as “pass-through” entities are taxed at rates 15% or lower. Therefore small businesses will see little to no benefit.


Chance of the Bill Passing

Keep in mind; this tax bill is not finalized. It is highly likely it will go through significant changes before it is approved and makes it to the president’s desk.

Many tax analysts and economists argue the plan may be a far reach from becoming the law of the land. Groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business oppose the tax plan saying it does not do enough to help small business owners since the “pass-through” provision leaves many small businesses behind.

For now, this will be a waiting game. The Senate has recently unveiled its version of its tax plan. While this bill is similar to the House bill, there are slight differences. Notably, the Senate bill proposes to delay corporate tax reductions until 2019. Also, a recent amendment filed by Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee aims to increase retirement “catch up” contributions from $6,000 to $9,000. However, the amount contributed will no longer be pretax.

Small business owners should continue to monitor its progress to determine its final impact on their bottom line.

Tracee Ross is Killin’ It!

“She doesn’t need to prove who she is because she knows who she is. She knows the space she holds. She doesn’t have issue with and question her blackness. She doesn’t have issue with or question the importance of her role. There’s a sense of joy and ease about her.”

~Tracee Ellis Ross, on her Blackish character, Dr. Rainbow Johnson

When everybody’s favorite girlfriend, Tracee Ellis Ross, talks about the character that is now her bread-and-butter, she might as well be one of her own 4 million Instagram followers gushing about their favorite star.  No wonder her middle name, at birth, was Joy.


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When she opens ABC’s 43rd American Music Awards as its host on Sunday, it will be the latest feather in her ridonkulous (her word!) 2017 cap. She began with a historic Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy in January. She sent Black-ish fans into a frenzy with her performance on its Hamiltonesque October premiere. When JC Penney launched her 45-piece collection of clothing and accessories in early November, it sold out almost instantly. And, in spite of ALL THAT, last week a video of her TED-Talk-like speech about the limitations others constantly attempt to impose on her success emerged.

Fully owning her age (45), status (single), and procreation choice (childless), she called out the patriarchy and the matriarchy for pitying her, for actually taking in her beauty, her passions, her advocacy, work-ethic, self-determination and glee and somehow responding with, “You poor thing.”

Admitting that she “grew up planning a wedding” (with two outfits, thank you, including a corseted lace gown and wide-legged white pantsuit—can’t you just see her upcoming JC Penney wedding collection?) and imagining a son (named Loren, no less), she also made it clear that she is deeply satisfied and proud of her life. In other words, she is Nobody’s. Poor. Thing.

In fact, she is Hollywood royalty, and when she takes the stage at the Microsoft Theater as the AMA’s host, she will also participate in honoring her adored mega-star mom, Diana The-Original-Boss Ross. Mama Ross, 73, will perform and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

While the press has been gushing with anticipation over that moment, little has been made of the fact that this will be the first time in AMA history that a daughter hosts a show once also hosted by her mom. Talk about multigenerational #BlackGirlMagic! Patriarchy and misguided pitiers: Enjoy the show!

Malcolm X’s Daughters Launching a New Malcolm X Clothing Site

Malcolm X's Daughters L to R: Qubilah Shabazz, Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz Malaak Shabazz, Attallah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz (Image:

The sisters, Qubilah ShabazzIlyasah ShabazzAttallah ShabazzMalikah ShabazzMalaak Shabazz, and Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz have partnered with technology company Hingeto, to bring the apparel line to life.

Malcolm X's Daughters L to R: Qubilah Shabazz, Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz Malaak Shabazz, Attallah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz (Image: Malcolm X’s Daughters L to R: Qubilah Shabazz, Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz Malaak Shabazz, Attallah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz (Image:


“Honoring Malcolm X’s legacy via a clothing store is a dream and the most meaningful application of Hingeto’s system to date. We first met one of Malcolm’s daughters alongside Colin Kaepernick in a full-day meeting in New York,” said Leandrew Robinson, co-founder and CEO of Hingeto.

“It was clear Malcolm’s principles are as relevant today as ever. We all thought it was imperative to represent his message and today’s human rights movement as a brand that people can outfit themselves in daily,” said Robinson.

And as Robinson mentioned, Kaepernick is in full support, tweeting the line and helping to get the message out.

Kaepernick shows his support for the line (Image: Twitter) Kaepernick shows his support for Malcolm X Legacy (Image: Twitter)


Malcolm X’s 12 Principles


The collection will honor Malcolm X’s 12 principles.



The world is dependent upon the ability to unite ideas, skills, organizations, and institutions for a better future.




Human rights are your God-given rights…rights that are recognized by all nations of this earth



The spirit of self-sacrifice is the dignity and glory of humanity, living forever




Taking the Spiritual Journey which leads to one’s highest potential and enlightenment



Striving for right to direct and control your lives, your history, and your future



Using education as a tool with critical thinking that liberates minds and creates civil society



Freeing oneself of economic slavery and building strong economics for self and community



Affirming your right and obligation to defend yourself in order to survive



Resisting all forms of Racism and Discrimination that dehumanizes human life



Having a keen awareness and honor with your Culture and Ethnicity



Restoring broken bonds with your people, heritage, and past



To establish justice throughout the world

The new line can be found at Malcolm X Legacy.

Steve Stoute’s New Venture, UnitedMasters, Disrupts the Record Industry

Steve Stoute (Image: Instagram)

The record industry has been ripe for disruption for years and who better to do it than music veteran Steve Stoute. His new venture, UnitedMasters, will help up-and-coming artists get their music on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Pandora and use online tools to market the musicians and help them reach fans, according to The Wall Street Journal, and investors came through for this one.



Superstar investment firms backed the company including Google parent Alphabet Inc., Andreessen Horowitz, and 21st Century Fox, totaling $70 million.

“The new firm helps answer the question of how do you convert cultural capital into financial capital,” said Ben Horowitz in a statement.



The San Francisco-based company already houses a 40-person team and because of Stoute’s background as a leading music industry exec for labels including Interscope and Sony Music Entertainment, he knows very specifically what the music industry needs in order to reinvent its business model.

Steve Stoute (Image: Instagram) Steve Stoute (Image: Instagram)


Business Model


Similar to CD Baby, a platform that rose to popularity in the early 2000s, artists who work with UnitedMasters will pay to have the company distribute their work. UnitedMasters has teamed up with music streaming services as distribution partners aiming to keep low price points for their users. There is also a variation in payout. Whereas some services only offer payments per stream, UnitedMasters is allowing the artists to diversify the payment structure to include ticket sales and merchandise.

Data Analytics


The most important point to note here is UnitedMasters will help brands connect with highly targeted audiences through data analytics. The difference between the music industry and Stoute’s platform is the label never knows who specifically is purchasing the artist’s music. However, with this service being driven by data, UnitedMasters can provide the brands with insights that the companies can A/B test against, therefore better-targeting the consumer.

“Brands are spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to get to young people by using music as the vehicle,” Stoute said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal. “Being able to use music data and making it actionable so they can target and speak to these fans, that’s super important.”

UnitedMasters will live under Translation Enterprises, which also houses Stoute’s ad agency, Translation.


Reigniting Your Passion With This Faith-Based Conference for Millennials

Cassondra Lenoir

Earlier this year, Black Enterprise had the opportunity to attend the first ever Passion is Pursuit Conference—an entertainment and media conference for entrepreneurial millennials of faith.

From start to finish, the room buzzed with excitement: passionate entrepreneurs eager to connect, sponging up the invaluable information provided by the panelists and keynote speakers. This one-day event encouraged attendees to “Move Different” in business, branding, and finances, equipping them to do so with power and passion that left them eager for more.

We recently had a chance to catch up with the creator of the Passion is Pursuit Conference, Cassondra Lenoir—author, entrepreneur, and media expert.

Cassondra Lenoir (Image: Cassondra Lenoir)


You created the Passion is Pursuit Conference and will be releasing a Passion is Pursuit devotional. How do you define “passion/passion is pursuit?”


Cassondra Lenoir: In college, I created the following definition. “Passion is the driving force in one’s life. It’s the thing that keeps you dedicated, motivated, and focused in striving to achieve greatness,” and I now live by this. 


Passion is Pursuit became my life’s mantra once I understood that without action, there’s no proof of passion. You can’t turn your cant’s into cans or your dreams into plans without putting forth effort. I live with the revelation that the PROOF of passion is pursuit.


What do you feel attendees of the Passion is Pursuit conference came away with?


I believe attendees ended the day knowing who they are and what they were created to do. Our goal was to prepare and properly equip each attendee for their entrepreneurial journey through personal faith and professional expertise. As I like to say, “The Passion is Pursuit Conference is founded on faith, but at our core, we are a business conference.”


The purpose of the Passion is Pursuit Conference was to inspire, inform, and ignite the inner Passioneer of all in attendance. Passioneers pretty much figure out which route to take through life’s journey by following the burning desire from within, and they understand that impossible is nothing. Once Passioneers arrive to this new space, they then prepare the way for others to follow.


What would you say to anyone who has slowed in their pursuit of passion?


I want to encourage you not to grow weary in well-doing. This means that no matter how tired you become or how hard things are, YOU CAN’T GIVE UP! Don’t stop. Remember who you are. You are enough, and you’ve been equipped with everything you need to succeed. You must have the courage to persevere. You were created for greatness, and your diligence will impact the lives of many. Your pursuit will help others to achieve greatness. You’re needed. Keep going and growing, Passioneer.


You’re currently planning a Vision Board Workshop. How does creating a vision board help one with pursuing their passion?

Seeing your mental vision manifested on paper produces a greater level of possibility. Sometimes things seem impossible until they are no longer just an idea. Vision boards are the first step to turning your visions into reality.


At my Vision Board Workshops, it’s more than just arts and crafts. These sessions are filled with passion, planning, and purpose as I help participants to discover and pursue every great thing that’s inside of them. Attendees are welcomed with a stress-reliev[ing] prelude. ALL vision board materials (including magazines) are provided, and I am always sure to create a safe haven suitable for dream sharing, transparency, and networking. All they have to bring is their vision!

I utilize the W.I.N. model, one of my own design, and it’s created to not only help attendees discover their visions but also to provide guests with the next steps to manifest those visions!

What inspired you to create the devotional?


After the December 2015 release of my first book, From Nothing to New York, I received an overwhelming influx of the question, “When are you releasing your next book?” The year had not yet ended and the book was freshly released, but people were ready for the next one.


My initial plan was just to compile some of my social media posts, monthly newsletter content, and personal journals into one book as a means to pour quality inspiration into people while I continued to write, From Nothing to New York 2. However, I quickly realized this devotional required more from me. It is powerful. It’s life-changing.

What is the most powerful way the Passion is Pursuit devotional will benefit readers?


The Passion is Pursuit Devotional provides 40 Passion Pillars to help readers discover and pursue who they are and what they were created to do. A passion pillar is a term I coined while writing, “From Nothing to New York.” In a nutshell, a passion pillar is something that keeps you going while providing reliable support. The devotional does just that. Readers will benefit in various ways because it is filled with life and business concepts for personal, spiritual, mental, relational, financial, and professional growth. It all just depends where you are along life’s journey of self-discovery and professional independence.


To stay informed about upcoming networking mixers, where you can pick up the Passion is Pursuit devotional, and what Lenoir has coming up next, visit