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Interview: Let’s Laugh with EB4REAL!

Laughing is apparently good for the soul! So why not laugh some more with EB4REAL! He has been entertaining family and friends since elementary school and since performing and auditions, he is definitely ready to take comedy full time!  Making moves is what he is all about and making you laugh is what he does best!

 

In your bio you mentioned you have been making people laugh since you were young.  What type of jokes did you tell back then?

 

I’ve been snappin’ on cats since I was 12 years old so it was a game we used to play in the neighborhood called Casin’ or what is known now as Roasting. It was all fun amongst childhood friends and was not intended to be hurtful or malicious.

 

Did you ever participate in the talent shows at school? 

 

No school talent shows it was more like street talent. Poppin’ n Lockin’ in front of the school.  Anyway…I was actually more of a band geek.

 

How did you decide that being a comedian is what you wanted to do?

 

Let’s just say….I didn’t choose comedy, comedy chose me.

 

Do you travel to perform at events? Were they successful? 

 

Yes, I have traveled on numerous occasions and have been received very well. At times, it’s been an unnerving feeling to discover how different audience members will respond to my material. But, then again, that’s part of the fun of it.

 

How has comedy helped you in your life?

 

They say laughter is good for the soul.  I don’t know about good for the soul, Ha! Ha! But, I try to be positive and look for a humorous vein in every aspect of my life.

 

In order to tell a good joke, are there any necessary steps involved?

 

I’m an observational comedian and when I see something I choose to write about the setup and punchline come easy and it’s always relatable to audiences.

 

What do you normally do to get prepared for a big show?

 

I’m very passionate about my comedy career and I’m always prepared for a feature performance (15 – 20 minutes). I always have prepared material and never need to improvise.

 

How many years have you been doing this? Part-time or full-time?

 

I wrote my first set in 2003 and performed on open mic part-time but after that I decided I wanted to have a career in comedy. I have invested a lot of time and I am passionate about performing regularly.

 

What keeps you motivated/inspired doing what you love doing the most?

 

First and foremost, I believe in myself and I have invested in the belief that I can be successful in comedy and I have a very strong family support system.

 

Have you faced any challenges in your career so far? 

 

Yes, there are challenges in the comedy industry. However, I take those challenges on the chin and appreciate them to make me a better and stronger performer.

 

What is next for you?

 

Well, that’s a big question. I was just informed that there are auditions in August for America’s Got Talent and I’m strongly considering it.

 

How can readers connect with you? 

Please connect with me on my website at EB4REAL.com. Follow me on IG @comedyreal47, and my Facebook fan page @EB4REAL8. I look forward to connecting.

 

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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“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 

Grown-Ish Star Yara Shahidi Makes it on the Cover of Essence Magazine!

April 2018 Cover

“Watch out world, I’m grown now” song by Chloe x Halle which is the theme song to the hit TV sitcom Grown-ish.  18-year old Yardi Shahidi makes it to the April Issue of Essence Magazine which will bring lots of spotlight to this young star on the television screens.  Besides being a very talented activist, Shahidi started her career quite early doing a lot of print advertisements for major companies such as McDonald’s, The Children’s Place, Target, the Gap Kids, Ralph Lauren, Guess kids and Disney.  Finally in 2009, she made her big cinematic debut starring alongside with Eddie Murphy and Paramount Pictures, “Imagine That”

 

She received the Young Artist Award nomination for the category of best performance in a feature film category.  As you may or may not know, Shahidi has high hopes and plans to going to Harvard University to study Social Studies.  The 18-year old star plans to get her education on while still pursuing her career in acting.  Her plans are underway as she still tries to figure out her work schedule.  Breaking into the television big, in September of 2014, Shahidi starred in Black-ish that aired on ABC Family network.  The 14-year old star got a chance to be on a show with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.  In December of 2014, she won the NAACP Image Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in Comedy. Then in January 2018, she was called back to become the headliner of the show Grown-ish that was a spin-off to Black-ish.  

April 2018 Cover-Watermark

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Photo Credit by Essence Magazine

 

So the world now has to watch out for this dynamic star who is on the rise! She is grown now!

 

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So ALL Women don’t experience this?: My Story living with Endometriosis

 

Written by Teresa Adams

 

I sat there laying on the floor, curled up in a ball, with vomit to the left of me. The pain that I was feeling was unbearable. I assumed I was going through the normal process of womanhood. “MOM!!!” I tried to say as loud as I could but it would only come out as a whisper. I pulled the little bit of energy I had left, took a deep breath and screamed “Mommy!!!” My mother came in the room and asked me “What’s wrong? Is it that time again?” I responded with a weak “Yeah”. She then proceeded to attempt to move me from the floor to the bed. “I can’t move. It hurts too much. My legs are numb, my back hurts and I feel like I’m going to throw up again” I cried. The look on my mom’s face said it all…”Every female doesn’t experience pain like this”.

I was 14 when the pain started to interrupt my life. During those episodes I was unable to carry out my day to day operations. As a result of the pain I would either end up on the floor in the fetal position or in my bed unable to move. I didn’t know what this was and I assumed all of my female friends were going through this the same way. But, after paying close attention I noticed they weren’t. I would see them pop an Advil and go to class or take a Motrin and get ready for track practice. Why was I bedridden? Why did I have to rely on narcotics? Why was I always in the ER? Why would I have to miss school/class a few days out of the month?

In 2010, my doctor said the words “You’ve got stage four Endometriosis. The worst case I’ve seen in a young woman your age,” that statement hit me like a ton of bricks. I had so many questions. What was Endometriosis? Is there a cure? If not, was there any medication I could take to relieve the pain? Absolutely nothing was the pain reliever. I was looking at a future with this disease that I knew nothing about and definitely didn’t know how to spell. The next several years I would make friends with all the nurses in almost every nearby hospital. I ended up losing friends who felt like I was a burden. I fell into a deep depression and distanced myself from my loved ones. I turned bitter and angry at myself and took

that anger out on everyone around me. I was hurting physically and emotionally. My heart was filled with so much guilt, shame, anger and bitterness. I often thought, “If living with this disease meant I would have to feel like this 24/7 I’d rather die”. But God…

In 2017, God began to turn things around for me. He turned things around not in the physically sense but, in the spiritual sense. 2017 was the worst part of my journey physically. However, God began to do a work in me and gave me a peace that I still can’t explain. I’m no longer experiencing the pain once a month. I now experience the pain every day. But the peace I have in my heart has helped me get through. Sometimes I still doubt and cry but I don’t allow that to keep me stuck in my feelings too long. I am fighting every day for myself and for my endo sisters. This is not the end for us, it’s only a part of our journey.

 

Author Spotlight: Bianca Lynnette

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  • How did your writing journey begin?

I started writing as a pre-teen. I was a quiet child growing up with a lot on my mind, so I resulted to writing poetry.

  • Was writing something you always wanted to accomplish as one of your goals?

Yes, most definitely.

  • What do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?

My number one message for my readers is for them to know that they have the power to speak lyfe no matter what’s going on around them.  I want them to be empowered and to know they have a voice.  It is very imperative that they know how much their voice matters.

  • How many books have you written?

I’ve written and published one book and co-authored on one book.

  • Do you plan to publish more in the future?

I sure do!

  • Have you had any book signings? If so, how did that go? If not, do you plan to have one to connect with new readers?

Yes I’ve had a few book signings and I’ve also sold my books at my events. I think book signings are an awesome opportunity for your readers and supporters to get to know you as both an Author and a person. They get to hear about your mission and I truly believe people support purpose. I do plan to have future book signings because I love connecting to new people and I also plan to add on to my current book.

  • What marketing strategies do you use for your books?

For my marketing strategies I use social media to promote my book, I host events that are centered or include my tagline to help promote my book and I’ve also added shirts to support my Speak Lyfe movement.

  • Are there any challenges getting people to support you?

Yes, unfortunately. I’m grateful for my stream of supporters, however, it definitely can be a challenge.

  • What is your writing style like? Any special places you like to go and write at?

It really depends on what I’m writing. Sometimes I like to write in an open space or outside. At times I like to write to music, it helps me to stay in my zone. My ideal writing location outside of Starbucks would be near water on a beautiful day.

  • How can readers connect with you and buy your books?

They can reach me on fb as Bianca Lynnette Speak Lyfe, IG: Speaklyfe_bianca, my books are available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well as my website Iambiancalynnette.myshopify.com

  • Tell the readers more about the types of books you write? Are some of them based on real life experiences?

“Speak Lyfe: 31 Days to a New You!” will always be a personal favorite of mine. When I was going through a dark place in my life, I literally had to look myself in the mirror and say these exact affirmations everyday for 30 days. This along with daily prayer helped to save my life. In the “Walking in my Identity” book collab I shared on a very personal point in my life that stemmed from me learning to embrace my voice. Overall I prefer to write both about my life experiences and on empowerment but I won’t limit it to that because you never know what God has planned for you.

 

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Author Spotlight: Diane Guntrip

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How did your writing journey begin?

This is a difficult question for me to answer. From a young age I have always been actively involved in some creative pursuit. I trained as a teacher specialising in English and Textiles and taught Textiles for 6 years. Later I became a jewellery designer and also ran a business featuring designer pillows all whilst I continued with my teaching career. There has never been a time when I have not been busy with some form of creativity. So to return to your question, I decided to write short stories, perhaps 15 years ago. There was no idea of publishing. ‘Dear H’ began in a different format to the present diary. The writing was spasmodic and one day, the story had become longer and had transformed into a dairy.

My neighbor’s granddaughters read the manuscript and urged me to publish the book. After submitting it to a few publishers with no offers of a contract, I lost interest. It was not until my circumstances changed, a badly shattered wrist, that led me to re-edit the book and I made the decision to self publish.

Was writing something you always wanted to accomplish as one of your goals?

No, I can’t say it was. I was busy expressing myself creatively in other ways.

What do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?

‘Dear H’ is for young people of aged 10+ although a lot of adults have read and enjoyed the book. It was originally written just as a book to be enjoyed. However, once the book was completed, I saw it in another light. The book is a diary written by 12 year old Amanda who is constantly being bullied. I have been instrumental in presenting workshops in primary schools and the book has proved to be an excellent discussion tool where the students can speak freely on bullying, depression, self-esteem, diary writing and their dreams for the future etc. The book is motivational and inspiring.

‘The Daisy Chain’ is the sequel and is written for girls from 13+ years. Amanda is now a student at a prestigious music academy. She is determined to set up an anti-bullying support group called the Daisy Chain. The book introduces new characters who are experiencing problems of adolescence. Amongst them the reader sympathizes with mental health issues and an unplanned pregnancy. Again, the book is for enjoyment but is full of ‘tips’ and discussion points.

How many books have you written?

So far two, ‘Dear H’ and ‘The Daisy Chain’.

Do you plan to publish more in the future?

I have made a start on ‘Tilly’s Story’. This is the story of how Tilly, in ‘The Daisy Chain’ has to leave the college due to her pregnancy and give up her place at a music conservatorium.

Have you had any book signings? If so, how did that go?

For both of my books I arranged book launches which were held in my local Art Gallery. These were well advertised with guests of honor. Book signings were part of the events. I also sign books when I visit schools to do workshops.

What marketing strategies do you use for your books?

I have a website, www.dianeguntrip.com. Initially for the book launches, I was featured in the local paper and on community radio. I have also been featured in blogs and a recorded radio interview. I use Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. I approach schools and associations to offer to speak.

Are there any challenges getting people to support you?

Yes, especially as the books are self-published. A lot of institutions, some libraries and book fairs do not accept authors who are self-published.

What is your writing style like? Any special places you like to go to write at?

As both books are diaries, I would say they are chatty, easy to read, conversational. I can only write when I am in my study with the door closed!!

How can readers connect with you and buy your books?

I can be contacted via the Contacts Page on www.dianeguntrip.com or directly on dianeguntrip@hotmail.com

For Australian residents the books can be ordered from the website. For elsewhere they are available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk. Barnes and Noble and the Book Depository.

Tell the readers more about the types of books you write.

My books are fiction and the characters are all from my imagination. However, the issues that are mentioned are all problems that young people can encounter in today’s world. I hope that my books will inspire others to have the strength to follow their dreams.

 

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