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Become a Side Hu$tler: Creative and Unique Ways to Make an Extra Income

It’s always good to make a little extra money every now and then.  Technology has very well expanded where you can make money even in your sleep.  Check out these creative ways that you can make extra money while still being employed at your full-time job.

  1. Voice-Over Work and Script Reading: Do you have that funny and unique voice or does your friend say that you have a nice voice for reading things? Definitely consider doing some work for a local radio station.
  2. Writing Reviews for Money: How many books do you read or when is the last time you went to a new restaurant? You can leave reviews and express your opinion.
  3. Review Music for Cash
  4. Get cash rebates for scanning your receipts.  There is an app called “Ibotta” where supposedly you can make money off receipts that you keep.  Usually I keep a lot of receipts, so now this has me thinking because I can make extra money on the side.
  5. Sell your wardrobe.  I have heard about people making money by selling their clothes and accessories.  Apps such as Thred up and Posh Mark are pretty decent for selling your wardrobe.
  6. Sell Your Photos: If you have a keen eye for photography or taking unique pictures, then you can definitely start selling your photos to small businesses or local magazines.
  7. Become a Dog Walker: If you are a dog lover, then this is the perfect job for you! You can go to sites like Rover.com or Wag!
  8. Sell your skills: Are you a writer? Do you enjoy editing books? Then how about turning your skills into an income?
  9. Sell Plasma
  10. Take surveys and give your opinion.  Try using Inbox Dollars

Now let’s go out here and make some extra money!!!!

 

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Virginia Native and Music Artist Taz Releases New EP ‘Mentally Ill’

It’s officially out! Hampton, VA native, Taz has just dropped her new EP called ‘Mentally Ill”.  The short album has seven songs you do not want to skip! With her unique barz that tells a story of her depression and dealing with anxiety, it is more than an EP.  This teaches others about mental health and how it affects those living with it.

“This is the best project I’ve ever made and I’m excited to share it with the world, this is the most vulnerable and transparent I’ve been” stated Taz”

You can download the new EP wherever music is streaming and you can also download on Apple Music as well! This is one of those projects where it really shows you and teaches you what someone is going through.  Suicide and mental health is definitely important and if you know someone who is going through, please try to get them help as soon as possible.  Not only is Taz a music artist, but she is an entrepreneur of her own business/record label called ‘C.A.S’

 

The EP includes:

  1. F***ck Your Feelings
  2. Snatch Yo Soul (featuring Ventage)
  3. Look What You Did
  4. On God
  5. Mentally Ill
  6. Damaged Goods
  7. The Great Depression

 

You can connect with Taz on IG @tazmaniashow 

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Follow her on other social media platforms @tazmaniashow

 

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Recap of MBK4L Annual Bday Bash Tour

By Tyra Grayson, Graphic Designer, Photographer and Musician

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MBK4L Ralo’s Annual Bday Bash “Bag Season Tour” took place at the Legacy Arena at the BJCC In Birmingham, Alabama with MBK’s artists “Lil Bam, YBN DayDay, Rudy Ru, Whitt, along with special celeb guests Pap Chanel, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Key Glock, and Lil Baby. This concert was a different vibe for the city. This was also one of the biggest shows I’ve ever shot, lineup wise.

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It was great to get these artists under my portfolio. I also connected with other fellow photographers and press members there. It’s always good to network because you never know who you’ll run into and who could be your lifetime business partners or potential clients. Shout out to DJ Dirty Vegas, DJ New Era, 3000Ent, and MBK4L for putting on such a calm, collective, and good event. 

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Freelance Writer, Tyra Grayson can be reached on IG @tyraisme 

 

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Graphic Designer Tyra Grayson is on the Rise to a Creative Stardom!

” Very eager, motivated, determined, caring, and loving,”

is how Tyra describes herself.

What do you call a bomb creative direction with style and great fashionable taste? 

Tyra Grayson, the next superstar to stardom in the graphic design business!  It’s not just her whit or her just holding a camera and telling a music artist to pose or a model to hold a specific prop, but it’s about her creativeness and unique taste for photography! 

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Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Tyra is attending Full Sail University online majoring in Graphic Design.  With diving into the creative side for only one year, she has accomplished so much with her work.  Opportunities came knocking real fast as she has already had the pleasure of shooting local models and artists and doing graphic designs for music artists and businesses to help manage and build up her brand. Everyone has to start from somewhere in life to become who they want to be in their passion.

 “I started off learning how to print t-shirts with my granddad, he taught me how to design the shirt before printing it. I got fascinated with the design process and started using Photoshop. He also told me to use his camera and try to do something with it, and the rest is history. I was a rapper before this, so I owe it all to him for introducing me to this, he was also a musician, so the creativity flowed in the family.”

Tyra has shot for artists such as Moneybagg Yo, Rich Homie Quan and Boosie Badazz.

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Moneybagg Yo

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Boosie Badazz

Photography has its own art of style, but what Tyra is known for best is her vintage style of photography.  She uses different locations and props such as smoke bomb and masks to execute her style of portraits.  One of her biggest accomplishments was designing her first mixtape; front and back for Birmingham artist YF Tadoe called “No Investors”

 

“I see myself being the biggest designer, photographer, and creative director in the music industry. Working with companies such as Atlantic Records, IHeartRadio, Spotify, as well as working with Grammy-award winning artists.”

 

 

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She has created her own lane and her own name for herself; TGDShotIt or TGD branching out for different opportunities and many more to come.  Everyone has something or someone to keep them motivated and humbled while achieving their goals and dreams.

“Anyone who has helped me with a photography project. My friends, family, other creatives, and the thought that if I ever gave up on this, that’s one less creative that someone may need. So I always wake up motivated with the thought that an artist or business may need my services and that I have the chance to get better.”

Someday she plans to collaborate with award-winning artists such as Troye Sivan, Khalid, Ariana Grande, Twenty-One Pilots, Kevin Gates, Drake and more.  She is on the rise to a creative stardom!

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Model Christopher McCombs

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Follow her on Instagram: @tyraisme

Facebook: Tyra Grayson Designs and Photography, Personal FB: Tyra Grayson

Check out her work at http://www.tyragraysondesigns.myportfolio.com

Email her for Inquiries at graysontyra@gmail.com 

 

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Entrepreneurs Get Ready to Make SPACES in your Career Goals!

 

The business world is expanding everyday and with people like David Morrison, Area Manager of SPACES; it gives business owners an opportunity to feel comfortable while meeting up with clients or potential clients.  

What is the story behind SPACES? Is it an acronym for something?

SPACES wants to redefine how work is done. Making a call to the inspired ones. The corporate shakers, business nomads, freelancers, energetic entrepreneurs, international workers, mobile movers, project teams, start-ups and well-established companies. SPACES in your place to work. Where you’ll watch businesses grow because of people and ideas. Where you’ll surround yourself with those who love what they do. And, where nothing beats a mental block like a really great cup of coffee.

Originating in Amsterdam, SPACES was built on the idea that success breeds more success. That’s why we’ve cultivated a community of members who are thinkers, achievers and imagineers. We’ve built work spaces that suit your every need. And our energetic staff attends to all the details so you can focus on your next big idea.

 

How did you come up with this idea?

We wanted to give our members the ability to meet new people without leaving the office. Each moment provides our members with the opportunity to pick a new spot in the business club which is a beautifully designed work space created to facilitate new connections. Whether your mind-mapping, meeting, collaborating or crunching numbers, the designer desks, tables, sofas, incredibly fast WiFi and informal meeting areas provide the perfect place for every business need. So even if you want a quiet desk Monday to finalize the details of your plan, a large table Tuesday to coordinate with your team, a lunch table Wednesday to meet a new client, and a cozy coffee corner the rest of the week to meet potential candidates. SPACES has all the spaces you’ll need.

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What is your general idea or mission when it comes to helping business owners and entrepreneurs take the next step in their career with SPACES?

Afraid of commitment I say? We have your own office space with flexible contracts. Some businesses do better with their own office space. Somewhere you can post your plans for world domination away from prying eyes. No matter if you need a few square feet or a few hundred square feet, SPACES can provide you with a perfectly sized environment for you and your team. Forget the cube farm – customize your new space with your own identity, set it up the way it works for you, and settle in knowing you can access your secure space 24/7 – with full access to the rest of the floor. And because we know how quickly business can change, we’ll never ask you to sign your life away – our contract terms are flexible and tailored to your specific needs. Plus, you’ll still have access to everything SPACES has to offer, so you can rent less space while having more space to use.

 

Do you have any strategies for making a client feel comfortable in their work space?

The first thing you do is personally walk them over and introduce them to the onsite center team. Knowing who the points of contacts are for the location is crucial for a member. The new member would also be personally invited to the first event at the center to demonstrate the additional value SPACES provides and introduce them to as many other members as possible to make them feel welcomed. The more people they know at the office the more included they feel in the community.

 

Can you tell me more about your business plans when working with people in the business world to helping them achieve their goals?

Today’s connections could be tomorrow’s new business. More than simply a place to plug in your laptop, what really makes SPACES unique is the community we’ve worked to cultivate. Start up a conversation while you wait for your coffee or introduce yourself over lunch, and you may just find a partner for your next big venture. Or download the SPACES app to help you find a member or book a room for your meeting. The energy of the SPACES community is contagious and even if you don’t find a new business associate, you may find a new friend. Add an international network of mobile work spaces and a full calendar of business events,  speakers and networking lunches, and you’ll see just how hard SPACES works to keep you engaged and open to new possibilities. At SPACES we believe that a cultural program of events enriches your work-like experience.

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What are the next steps when it comes to SPACES?

To change the way, how, where and when people work. Plug into our energy and watch your world accelerate. Let’s discover the world together.

 

Are you planning to expand your business?

We now have over 50 locations currently in the U.S. with 15 of those in California with our newest location set to open in October of this year in Hollywood.

 

How has your customer service skills in the community and towards business clients helped you in your career?

Keeping the customer first in any light always helps to keep the focus on the key element in driving any business which is ultimately customer service. Maintaining this at the forefront of a business is crucial to its success. Striving for excellence here each and every day is always the goal not only for myself but the entire team. Making sure this is communicated to the entire team is what keeps the message consistent.

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Was this something you always wanted to do?

Well, I was always very much into sports and WAS competitive in pretty much everything I did, so once I figured out I wasn’t going to be a major league athlete I set my focus in the business world. Property management is also very competitive so although I don’t have fans clamoring here for me I still get the fulfillment  and satisfaction for helping our members succeed.

 

How can readers reach out to you and connect with you?

SPACES – Fashion District DTLA (213)358-7000

                Mobile – (424)362-5562

                Email – David.Morrison@spacesworks.com

                Website – https://www.spacesworks.com/los-angeles/row-dtla/

 

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Possible Cosmetics is all about Possibilities

Beauty is in the eye who believes.  If you have a dream, then go for it!  As for Renata Eileena, she has made her mark as the owner and founder of Possible Cosmetics.  

Renata has always had a keen eye for beauty and fashion, so that wasn’t nothing new walking in the footsteps of her business.   The name “Possible Cosmetics” came from a gospel song called “All things are possible”

“It kind of embodied me. I came this far,” states Renata

Possible Cosmetics is four years old and is birthing all different types of new looks.  She is the only black owned cosmetic line at the second largest mall in America called King of Prussia.  

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Photo Courtesy of Possible Cosmetics

“I decided to go to the mall to see about a kiosk.  I only had samples with me.  The guy that was helping me decided to drop the price.  He saw my vision,” stated Eileena

Everybody and their mama has a cosmetic line, but one thing that Possible Cosmetics offers is the educational piece.  the line even offers a book that teaches how to start your own cosmetic line.  Some of the best sellers are the Ruby Red and the Velvet Lipstick.  So ladies if you are ever looking for some new colors in your life to add to your collection, take a peak at Possible Cosmetics.  

“I am trying to build a digital brand as well.  I always say do what you are good at.  I was born for this” stated Eileena

Everyone has their favorite part of their business.  I asked Renata what her favorite part of her business is and this is what she had to say:

“My customers!  They keep me going.  I’m always getting positive feedback such as the quality of the product and the fast service”

Possible Cosmetics is already in two stores in Philidelphia.  Sometimes funding isn’t enough to get into bigger stores, but one monkey isn’t about to stop Renata’s show.  Some of her products are locates in stores such as “My BFF Closet” which is a big boutique and “Nikko’s Jewelry Box”  Online stores are the biggest market yet!  New projects that she is currently working on is the Possible Academy to push more educational pieces.  Also there will be a beauty expo starting May 25th that will be held in California.  
“I want to move and grow the line.  I also want a center for entrepreneurs for black children.  I want to teach about loans, credit, etc.  You have to keep walking, keep working, and keep praying.  God gave me a vision” 

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Photo Courtesy of Possible Cosmetics

 

You can visit Possible Cosmetics at http://www.possiblecosmetics.com 

Time’s Most Influential People

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Time Magazine has officially released the 100 Most Influential Leaders for the year 2018.  This year’s turn outs were very pleasing to the eye and an honor.

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Some of the people that made it on the list are:

Chadwick Boseman; Actor in 42, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, Captain American: Civil War and now Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War.

Rihanna; Singer and Entrepreneur of Fenty Beauty Line

Cardi B; Rapper and Singer

Tiffany Haddish; Comedian, Producer, Actor and Writer

Issa Rae; Writer and Producer

Ryan Coogler; Writer, Producer and Director

Lena Waithe; Writer and Producer

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Jesmyn Ward; Writer

Jennifer Lopez– Singer and Actress

Maxine Waters; American Politician

Sterling K. Brown– Actor

Oprah Winfrey- Producer, Writer, Entrepreneur, Correspondent

 

 

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Photo Credits by Time Magazine and Getty Images

 

Written by That Riverz Gurl Media 

Author Spotlight: Jasmine Jones

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Meet Jasmine Jones!

Jasmine Jones is an engineer at a Fortune 500 company in Washington, D.C., the chief executive visionary of J Squared Productions, and the author of “The Single Ladies’ Commandments: Songs for Love, Healing, Freedom, and Purpose”. Jasmine is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Operations Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with honors from Lawrence Technological University. Jasmine received her Master’s in Engineering Management from the Pennsylvania State University. Jasmine formerly competed in Miss America Scholarship pageants. She is the recipient of the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant National Academic Scholarship Award and held the title of Miss Lawrence Tech in 2011. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). She enjoys STEMulating and mentoring young people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

 

When did your writing career begin?

I like to think my writing career began far before I set out to write “The Single Ladies’ Commandments”. Over the years, I’ve maintained journals with tons of personal stories including thoughts, reflections, and meditations. A couple years ago, a good friend and new author asked me to contribute my stories in her book of memoirs. Initially, I was hesitant to share my personal stories alongside other writers. My hesitation subsided when I thought about how my stories could help inspire other people.  A couple years later, I ventured out on my own endeavor. I began writing “The Single Ladies’ Commandments” to encourage women facing challenges in life and dating, and seeking to overcome those challenges.

How did J Squared Productions begin?

Growing up, I had a front row seat to entrepreneurship. Most of my childhood, my mother maintained a full-time job and a personal business endeavor from a children’s daycare to a cleaning agency to a clothing store to a rental property management company.

What was your motivation behind your business?

Needless to say, the entrepreneurship “bug” bit me too. J Squared Productions was birthed as a face to build my brand for “The Commandments Series”.  My vision is to expand J Squared Productions outside the realm of books and branch into other forms of media. In the future, I foresee J Squared Productions helping new writers through the book self-publishing process.

How did the whole “The Commandments” series begin?

Well women will just have to read the book to find out of course! But seriously, it began as a vision. I’ve always been good at recollecting songs both old and new and various genres and equating those songs to the years they were released. I guess it’s just more like a personal trivia game for me.  It wasn’t until my teenage years that I regularly attended church with my family. By that time, I was already heavily introduced to what many “church folk” would describe as secular music. At this time in my life, I was told I could no longer watch television channels like BET or listen to secular music. I tried for a time, but then it just didn’t sit right with me. I loved music, all  kinds and all genres and I couldn’t understand why I could no longer listen to every music genre I enjoyed whether it was gospel, hip-hop, pop, or otherwise.  Fast forward to adulthood, I was traveling on an early morning flight back home from Las Vegas and I felt as if God was leading me to write a devotional book that incorporated “secular music”. I was hesitant at first. One, I’m flying back home from Las Vegas aka Sin City. I wasn’t absolutely sure if God was leading me, but I began writing down the vision. When I returned home, I pretty much wrote non-stop daily devotionals and aligned the entries with 90 contemporary songs to encourage Single Ladies.

Let’s talk about the Single Ladies Commandments.  When is that set to release?  How long did it take for you to write the book?

“The Single Ladies’ Commandments” will be released January 7, 2017. Anyone who subscribes to my website has a chance to win a copy of the book before the official release date.  From the day I first began writing on my flight back from Las Vegas to the time I finalized the manuscript less than a year and a half had passed. Time really flies!

What is your message for all the single women who desire love and a relationship?

Seek God first. I feel like it’s cliché, but it certainly worked for me. For years, I failed one relationship after another; was left broken-hearted time and time again, and swore off all genuine “chances” of love.  I would like Single Ladies to realize as “The Single Ladies’ Commandments” ministers to them, recognize the process of writing it ministered to me. As I wrote each devotion, I traveled the spiritual journey to healing. Healing from every painful relationship, situationship, and any other thang I once claimed.  This process brought me to the moment where I can accept a healthy relationship. I am confident this 90-day process will prove successful for many other Single Ladies as well.

I just love your energy you bring to the table! What are your future plans for your business and book series?

As you know, “The Single Ladies’ Commandments” is the first installment in “The Commandments Series”. When I began writing the first installment, I realized I didn’t just want to help Single Ladies. In the upcoming books, you can expect to see daily devotionals dedicated for women in all walks and journeys of life.  In the future, I aspire to reach women not just through “The Commandments Series”, but various avenues including music and the arts. I feel as if the sky is not even the limit. Perhaps heaven is the true limit.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I really enjoy self-help books, which is likely one of the reasons I gravitated toward writing my own self-help book series. Some of my more recent inspirational reads include books by Valorie Burton and Gary Chapman.

Where does your motivation and inspiration come from?

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord. . .”

Psalm 121: 1 -2

My motivation, my inspiration, my help. . . it all comes from God. My vision to write “The Single Ladies’ Commandments”, the first and only devotional book to engage women via their interest and love for contemporary music, could have only come from God.

How can your readers connect with you?

Single Ladies, can connect with me via email: info@jsquaredproductionsonline.com, or by visiting my website: www.jsquaredproductionsonline.com. There, you can find direct links to all my social media handles and subscribe to my website.

If you would like to connect with me directly via social media, where I share inspirational content, you can follow me via:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jsquaredprods

Instagram: @jsquaredproductions

Twitter: @jsquaredprods