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  • Writer's pictureC. Booker Hamilton

You must live under a rock if you haven't seen Tariji P. Henson speaking out about the unfair payment and treatment of women of color in Hollywood. Her message rings loud and clear in the ears of many Black women because we KNOW exactly what she is saying without her even uttering another word. In fact, I can visualize most of us nodding our heads in agreement while looking at one her many interviews on television. Even after recently starring in the new adaptation of "The Color Purple" and starring in many acclaimed movies and television shows, Tariji is still asking the question many of us are afraid to ask - "Haven't I paid my dues in full?" She is asking the same question Monique, the comedian and actress, asked and was ostracized and criticized for asking it. It's a question some of us fear to ask on our jobs for fear of retaliation and mistreatment.

But, here's the thing...Black women have overpaid our dues a long time ago. Some of us have had to raise families without the help of fathers. We have had to train supervisors who were less qualified than us. We have had to raise the children and clean the houses of other women, and yes, we have even been experimented on, without our consent, for the advancement of medicine! If we are waiting on "society" to see us as equally qualified, talented, skilled, and capable as our counterparts, we will be waiting forever! So, let's collectively ask ourselves what do we truly care about and why?

This is the question that may release someone from being held captive by a deaf audience. You see, I am retired now, but prior to retiring I worked my way up to Senior Program Analyst, which was a high-paying salary. I was a diligent and dedicated worker and took pride in any program or project I managed. But, now that I've had some time to sit with myself, I realize that I spent an unnecessary amount of time and energy trying to prove an obvious point...trying to prove that I was just as intelligent and qualified as my colleagues and that I deserved to be in the room. I found myself wanting the "award" more than I wanted the "reward." Operating in this self-depriving way was problematic, exhausting, and stressful. If I had asked myself every morning, "What do I truly care about and why?", I would have found peace of mind by knowing my worth. Today, my response to this question is locked and loaded: "I care about myself because I am worthy of success and happiness." This response is what lead me to try my hand at entrepreneurship in 2021, like so many of other Black women.

In retrospect, 2021-2023 seemed to be years of self-discovery for most of us. Relatively, 2024 seems to be the year of truth-telling. So, here's our truth: Black women are the most resilient, most caring, most intelligent, most talented, most creative, most "get it from the mud" human beings on this earth! We may be imitated, but we will NEVER be duplicated. Therefore, our salaries should reflect what we individually bring to the table. Most importantly, Black women do not owe anyone more than what we have to give, and we certainly don't have to prove anything to anyone. So, the next time someone tries to make you cash-in on your abilities, just say "Oh, Honey...Check your records...I'm paid in full."

Stay blessed,


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For the creative Black woman and entrepreneur, each day brings new opportunities to inspire, engage, and grow. Balancing our personal and professional lives requires a thoughtful approach to time management. In this blog, we'll explore effective strategies to make the most of your day, keeping you aligned with your goals in 2024.

1. Start with a Morning Ritual Begin your day with activities that nourish your body and spirit. A mix of meditation, exercise, and a nutritious breakfast can energize you and set a positive tone.

2. Prioritize Your Tasks Write down your daily tasks and prioritize them. Focus first on those that are most urgent and crucial for your mission.

3. Embrace Time Blocking Allocate specific time slots for each task, including work, meetings, and creative brainstorming. Remember to schedule breaks to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.

4. Focus on High-Impact Activities Dedicate your efforts to tasks that have the greatest impact on your goals, such as developing motivational products or planning community-centered soul-care activities.

5. Limit Distractions Create a workspace that minimizes interruptions. This might mean turning off notifications or setting boundaries with those around you during work hours.

6. Stay Flexible While a plan is essential, adaptability is key. Be open to adjusting your schedule for unexpected, yet mission-aligned, tasks or opportunities.

7. Reflect and Adjust At the end of the day, take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments and areas for improvement. This will help you continuously refine your approach to productivity.

8. Prioritize Self-Care Conclude your day with activities that relax and rejuvenate you. Whether it's a hobby, reading, or family time, self-care is crucial for sustained success.

Conclusion: Productivity is about making intentional choices with your time. By implementing these strategies, you can navigate your day with purpose, passion, and productivity. Remember, it's not about doing more, but about doing what matters most.

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  • Writer's pictureC. Booker Hamilton

Now, I know what you are thinking! We are not finished with the 2023 Holiday Season yet! Well, in fact, we are. Good, bad, or indifferent, the 2023 business year is a wrap! But, not to worry, Creatives! We have plenty of time to plan for the 2024 Holiday Season!

Now, I am no expert. In fact, I struggled thru 2023 and spent a lot of time and money trying to manage two businesses. But, 2024 is going to be a better year...for me and for you. So to get us off to a good start, I primed ChatGPT4 as a seasoned business coach and marketing strategist.

Here's the ChatGPT4 outline of the stages we should focus on to ensure our Q4 launch is a hit:

January - March: Conceptualization and Strategy Development

  • Market Research: Understand current trends and customer preferences. This is the time to explore what's working in your industry and what's not.

  • Product Development: Begin brainstorming and developing your product ideas. Remember, innovation and uniqueness can be your biggest assets.

  • Financial Planning: Outline your budget for the year, focusing on how much you can allocate towards product development, marketing, and other essential areas.

April - June: Product Development and Prototyping

  • Design and Prototyping: Start turning your ideas into tangible products. This phase is all about tweaking and refining.

  • Vendor and Supplier Selection: Identify and engage with manufacturers or suppliers. Building strong relationships here is crucial for a smooth production process.

July - September: Marketing Strategy and Pre-Launch Activities

  • Marketing Plan: Develop a detailed marketing strategy. This should include digital marketing, social media campaigns, email marketing, and potential collaborations or partnerships.

  • Building Anticipation: Use your platforms to start building excitement for your upcoming launch. Teasers, sneak peeks, and pre-orders can be powerful tools.

October - December: Launch and Post-Launch Strategy

  • Launch: It's showtime! Implement your launch plan with energy and enthusiasm.

  • Customer Engagement: Post-launch, focus on customer feedback and engagement. This is key to understanding the impact of your products and making necessary adjustments for future success.

Year-Round: Continuous Analysis and Adaptation

  • Monitor and Adjust: Throughout the year, continuously monitor your progress and be ready to adapt your strategies as needed. The business landscape is ever-changing, and flexibility can set you apart from the competition.

Remember, the key to a successful Q4 launch lies in meticulous planning and execution throughout the year. By staying ahead of the game in Q1, you set a strong foundation for the rest of the year. Click here to purchase my 2024 Hustle Calendar and Planner Set for Business Owners.

If you are not already a member, please join Baring My Soul Creatives, my private Facebook group for creative Black women. Our motto: We are planting our seeds and growing together!

Thank you very much for rolling with a Sistah throughout the year! Have a safe, blessed, and prosperous New Year!


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