Wow!!!!! Beyonce might be going back to high school?

Beyonce could be returning to school.

The Love on Top singer was spotted entering the West 35th Street Alternative Education Complex in New York, yesterday (18 April) with a laptop, prompting speculation she could enrol.
Beyonce left high school aged 14 to pursue her music career, and although she received tutoring it is not known if she ever completed her high school diploma.

The facility she visited offers a General Educational Development (GED) test, which is split into five different subjects – reading, writing, social studies, science and maths – and people who pass are given a GED qualification, equivalent to a high school diploma.
In the past, Beyonce has said that she felt she missed out on some of her teenage years because she left school so early.
She said: “Socially I did miss out. I left school at 14 and had a tutor. I was never exposed to people long enough to make friends so my family became my friends.”

Source http://za.omg.yahoo.com

Spring Fashion 2012 for Men

Men’s street style or fashion is slow to evolve unlike women’s street style but they do change, albeit subtly. Men’s street style trends for 2012 have their roots in fashion trends of the past but endowed with a new twist for 2012. But one unchanging characteristics of men’s street style trend is that they are highly wearable, unlike the clothes paraded in runways.

2012 Lisboa Fashion Week

Cardigans

The weather may turn warmer in the coming months but cardigans will still be a staple street style wear for men. This men’s love affair with cardigans will continue with a slight change in style. Cardigans for 2012 will have lesser buttons and are longer than usual. Cardigans with shawl collars as well as double-breasted cardigans and blazer- style cardigans will all be men’s street style trends for 2012.

Denim Vests

A men’s street style trend 2012 that is also a look back from the past is the denim vest. Think 1980 and early 1990 during the heydays of Bono of U2, as well as Robert Smith of the Cure and Billy Idol. For 2012 the undying denim will be worn on men’s backs rather than on their butts. It is as grungy as it was in the past with tattered sleeves, torn seams, and in medium or lighter washes to achieve a faded look.

Plaid or striped shirts over tees

Another relic of the past, roughly 20 years back, that has staged a comeback is the open plaid or stripe shirt with a tee underneath. For 2012, though, the checks are smaller while the colors are more subtle. For stripe shirts, thinner strips will be hot rather than the bolder wider stripes. The t-shirt underneath could either be a V-neck tee reminiscent of the 80s look or a T-shirt with graphic designs. The secret to wearing this trend is the proper mixing of colors and designs so as not to look too busy or messy.

Source MENS-FASHION.INFO

Diddy tops Forbes’ 2012 Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists List

Forbes dropped their annual “Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists” for 2012 on Tuesday (April 17), breaking down the “Forbes Five” of the genre’s richest moguls. After topping the list last March, it’s Diddy who returns to #1, beating out Jay-Z by nearly $100 million in estimated net-worth with $550 million.

Below is the breakdown (via Forbes.com):

1. Sean “Diddy” Combs ($550 million)
Diddy has remained a mainstream mainstay for 15 years thanks to his knack for self-promotion. Lately, he’s been channeling that energy toward Ciroc vodka, much to the benefit of his bank account: he receives double-digit millions annually as a share of the spirit’s profits. Better yet, he’s entitled to a nine-figure chunk of cash if Ciroc is ever sold. He also boasts stakes in clothing lines Sean John and Enyce, marketing firm Blue Flame, record label Bad Boy, a handful of tech startups and cable channel Revolt, slated for a 2013 debut—all of which means he’s well on his way to becoming hip-hop’s first billionaire.

2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter ($460 million)
Unlike his fellow Forbes Five members, Jay-Z still churns out music and goes on tour—most recently with pal Kanye West—adding to his considerable war chest. He sold his Rocawear clothing label for $204 million in 2007 and signed 10-year $150 million deal with Live Nation in 2008, and also holds stakes in the New Jersey Nets, his 40/40 Club chain, ad firm Translation, cosmetics company Carol’s Daughter and other businesses. (For more on his rise as a businessmen, check out Zack’s Jay-Z biography, Empire State of Mind).

3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young ($260 million)
Fittingly, the bulk of this super-producer’s wealth comes from headphones. In August, handset maker HTC paid $300m to buy a 51% stake Beats Electronics, the company founded by Dr. Dre and Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine in 2008. Sources say each owned a third of the company before the deal, placing Dre’s cut at $85 million after taxes. The agreement also values his remaining stake at $100 million, which could increase rapidly as the company continues to expand.

4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams ($125 million)
The Cash Money Records cofounder would be higher on this list if he held sole ownership of his label, but he shares it with brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. The duo founded Cash Money two decades ago, inking very favorable $30 million distribution deal with Universal in 1998. The label’s value has soared with the success of rappers Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne (who shares in the ownership of sub-label Young Money). There’s even more cash on the horizon—the label’s deal with Universal is up this summer, raising the prospect of a bidding war for the right to distribute Cash Money’s releases.

5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson ($110 million)
The Queens-born rapper earned $100 million for his Vitaminwater stake in 2007, and then spent freely on cars and renovations to his Connecticut mansion, formerly owned by Mike Tyson. But a nice cushion remains from his back catalog, acting gigs and 50 Cent-themed videogames, books and clothes, as well as new headphone line SMS. Next up: an energy shot called Street King, which promises to feed hungry children—and 50’s bank account.

“As much as it’s easy to say it’ll be Diddy or Jay, you don’t necessarily know, given what a guy like Kanye or Will.i.am is capable of doing,” says Stoute. “In a world where people are creating applications that sell for a billion dollars, you never know who’s going to come out of left field.”

This article was written by Zack O’Malley Greenburg for forbes.com

Our Black people are not Fools:Jay Stash responds


Remember we last week we featured Slikour’s article BLACKS ARE FOOLS fast forward to this week there i am minding my on business on Facebook i came across this interesting post by Jay Stash in response to Slikour’s BLACKS ARE FOOLS read and tell me what you think.

The past weekend I shared my opinion on Twitter @Jay_Stash on what I think about our Black people being called FOOLS.And I firmly believe that its unfair and pretty fcked up to call our own people fools.See we were cut from a different cloth and that cloth seen a lot of bad days leaving us in a more unfortunate position as a nation.We were derived off so much and it wont take the new democracy to bring change,it wont take 16 years of Freedom for change.Before we can expect much from our Black people we first need to HEAL as a nation,we first need to respect and understand each others cultures and traditions.For instance I went to the gas station this morning and I greeted the cashiers saying “Dumelang bana ba jesu”…And the lady greeted back with a smile but felt the need to share something from my greeting and she sed “Yes u are rite,re bana ba jesu and not bana ba Lekganyane”(Please note that Lekganyane is MY surname and I have grown to be proud of it coz as a kid I got mocked and I was called odd names even some kids calling MoZet…Zcc)..

The lady continued to insult my surname and as she was doing this…she had NO clue that my surname ke Lekganyane…..and this often happens.We talk bad about each other.As much as we all come from different languages….We also come from different tribes.And growing up some of us still do not understand our roots.We are a lost nation brain washed by media and this world that WE live in today.We are not FOOLS…We are IGNORANT,our people are not educated..Yes u got an education,u had opportunities that most wud die for,Ive had opportunities that I have wasted coz I took for granted what I had.Every house in the hood is going through a different hustle…Whist ga bo Thabo are trying to deal with the fact that the 16yr old daughter is dying from AIDS,Next door its a whole family of 8 sharing a 2 bedroom house with each member of the family being unemployed.Whilst that family is struggling to make ends meet,next door they believe in ‘BOLOYI’..They believe that the mother dying from cancer is all withccraft.U see we are an uneducated nation all because of circumstance and this makes us ignorant to a whole lot of things….Somewhere out there theres young sisters who no nothing about sanitary pads coz they cant even afford them,somewhere out there a man is raping a 3 year old coz he believes it will cleanse him off the H.I.V virus.We laugh at the guy who walks past us coz his armpits stink as if he hasnt washed in days.But do we consider that yes maybe he hasnt washed in days coz his living conditions are to harsh and they do not allow him such luxury of being clean.We hate our own coz very often WE THINK we are better…Look I cud go on and on.We struggle everyday just to get by and this is not just a financial struggle.I am as Black as YOU are but my English is not perfect yet I went to a MODEL C school and 2 private schools.We all struggling to win and it gets harder coz we are not getting any younger and some of our brothers and sisters become fornutae and in doing so greed gets the best of them and they ONLY live for the moment WHY coz we are an ignorant nation.We cant call our BLACK PEOPLE fools….I disagree.We all come from different backgrounds but we all Marching for the same thing but we do so in our own different ways coz of our circumstances…The majority of our people dont know better.The majority of our people cant even EAT better coz they dont know how to and cant afford to.We are a suffering nation and it will take time for us to HEAL and in doing so we gotta instill some form of pride and security in our kids coz they are our 2moro…..My Black People are not Fools.We Keep Marching.CHESA!

Jay Stash is a South African hip hop artist check his profile here or follow him on twitter @Jay_Stash.

Why blacks are fools: Slikour

Our task is to build a foundation of academies and give our children and future generations the opportunity to have a global view that will keep them inspired, writes Siyabonga Metane, a.k.a Slikour

Read more here—–>Why blackz are fools

The article appeared on City Press website by Siyabonga Metane who is a South African hip-hop artist read his biography here

4 Tips for the “Someday” Entrepreneur


There i am chilling on the Twitter streets and all of a sudden i come accross Dj Sbu tweet which i thought its very relevant to majority of us and it inspired today’s article.

I talk with a lot of people who want to start a business “someday.” And as a result, I often think about the factors that determine which “someday” entrepreneurs will actually become business owners, and which will continue to say “I wish” for years to come.

Surprisingly, the ability to take the plunge has a lot less to do with people’s personalities, and a lot more to do with how accessible and familiar the experience of entrepreneurship is to them. Those who can picture themselves running a business often do. And those who continue to think of entrepreneurship as a big, scary thing that other people (perhaps more gregarious, sales-oriented, or risk-tolerant people) do tend to never move forward.

So, if you, too, dream of someday being your own boss, an important first step is just getting acquainted with the nature of the beast. Here are four things that will help you do just that.

1. Make New Friends
One of the best ways to learn what entrepreneurship is really like is by getting to know some entrepreneurs. Not necessarily the fancy, media darling types, but just normal, low-key people who work for themselves. To start, connect with entrepreneurs who match your own demographic—it helps you to start thinking “hey, if they can do it, so can I!” But be sure to branch out from there, and also to meet people in a wide variety of industries. There are lots of styles of entrepreneurship, so the more diversity you can experience, the better!

If you don’t know any entrepreneurs, just start asking people to make some introductions. Or, join groups on LinkedIn or Facebook, and start paying attention to the discussions that are happening. Ask someone you find interesting to have coffee and take it from there. Pick their brain about useful resources, groups, or meetings, and see if they can introduce you to even more entrepreneurs.

2. Pick Some New Role Models
In addition to making some new pals, it’s important to identify role models who are a little more established in the business world. You might not be able to take them to coffee, but you can learn a lot by observing them and their companies from afar.

Select three brands or companies that you like and admire. Find as many ways to follow their leaders as possible—be it their blogs, articles, or Facebook profiles. Read their books if they have them. Read their press and interviews that they’ve done. Think about how their personalities and leadership styles have shaped the brands and the companies they run. Stay abreast of their company news, and take note of what they share about their own experience.

3. Fall in Love with Small Business as a Customer
There’s a certain romance to small business. As a customer, there’s always something more special about the experience. Sometimes it’s witnessing changes over the years, other times it’s the connection to the owner, others it’s the attention to detail that’s given to the product or service.

And there’s a lot to learn from that! So, in addition to making friends with entrepreneurs themselves, it’s important to also make relationships with some actual businesses. Think about the small businesses that you currently patronize, or the new start-ups whose products you love. What do you know about their owners or story? What are their goals and where are they going? What do they do that’s memorable, distinct, or unique? What do they do particularly well? Thinking about your own experiences as a customer will give you tons of insight into running your own show.

4. Demystify “Business” Speak
Most would-be entrepreneurs get scared off by the “business” side of things. They overestimate the skills and knowledge that are needed to run a business and assume that there are huge mountains to be climbed and learning curves to overcome before even getting started.

But it’s important to confront the monster under the bed—it’s not as hard as you might think, and you certainly don’t have to have an MBA to do it. Pick a small business magazine like Inc. or Fast Company and invest $15 to get a subscription. Peruse it each month, but feel free to read only what’s interesting to you. You’ll soon see how un-mysterious business can be. From behind-the-scenes business profiles to questions about how to handle particular challenges, you’ll begin to learn a lot about the experience of entrepreneurship.

As you start talking to people, expanding your reading list, and thinking more and more about the what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, you’ll soon see that it’s not as big and scary as you might think. And that “someday” will inch a little bit closer to today.

This article was originally published on http://www.thedailymuse.com/ and we extracted it from http://www.forbes.com .
Adelaide Lancaster is an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker and co-author of The Big Enough Company: Creating a business that works for you (Portfolio/Penguin). She is also the co-founder of In Good Company Workplaces, a first-of-its-kind community, learning center and co-working space for women entrepreneurs in New York City.

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Its the Small things that count:Successful Entrepreneur

Have you ever read something and suffered from a a massive guilt trip.Unfortunately, according to Forbes, many reports about entrepreneurship are missing a few things, things that the author of this article learned from his buddy Jim, founder of an extremely successful company. For example:

Lessons corporate executives can learn from entrepreneurs

When my friend Jim took the giant leap from corporate executive to technology entrepreneur back in 2000, even he never imagined that he would lead a Nasdaq listed company with over 20,000 employees in eight countries by 2009. How did he pull off this rare achievement? Many things, of course – strategy, ability to execute, funding, and able leadership to name a few. I asked Jim what he believed to be the biggest reason, and without hesitation, he attributed most of his success to the fact that he made some important behavior changes along the way. As I listened to him, I realized that this (the ability to make behavior and mindset changes) is common to all successful entrepreneurs, but always missed in analyst reports. Furthermore, I strongly believe they apply equally to people who want to remain and excel in corporate executive roles.

Here are the four changes Jim made:

1. From Shut to Open

In his corporate executive avatar, the more senior he became, the more he unknowingly shut himself off from people. As he became busier, he instructed his secretary to screen his calls and sequester his time. After all, how could he entertain every caller when he could barely finish his work? His assistants also took control of his e-mail in-box, only involving him in the “most critical” ones. He ignored anyone who “wasn’t worth it”. .

Once he started his own business, he quickly realized how important networks were. “It is not what you know, but who you know that matters in business. You cannot ignore anyone these days – who knows where the next big opportunity will come from,’” he told me. With this realization, he began to return each call and email personally with curiosity. Even today, with all his responsibilities as CEO, he wakes up at 5:00 a.m. everyday, answers his email for an hour over a cup of coffee, then goes for his morning run.

2. From Opportunistic to Helpful

During his days in the corner office of the division he headed for the old company, he routinely ignored help requests from friends and acquaintances. If someone called to ask him to recommend her son for an internship position, or if a friend asked him to introduce them to his company’s procurement guys, Jim usually did not bother unless he felt the person asking was important enough and could be of use to him in future. In most cases, he thought people were taking advantage of his position at the company.

In his early days as a businessman, Jim found a lot of closed doors. He noticed that the same people who had run after him when he was a senior corporate executive were now not returning his calls. His initial anger eventually gave way to humility and he realized that he must help anyone he can without weighing the usefulness of the person. Now as CEO he often tells his senior team, “You must go out of your way to genuinely help as many people as you can even if it is unclear how they might ever be useful to you – it is just good business.”

3. From Telling to Asking

As the big shot executive, he often told everyone how important his work was. As people asked him questions, he was happy to tell them everything he knew. After all, he was an expert in his field and it was only natural that people wanted to learn as much as they could from him. He felt really good about himself as people were so in awe of him. It was quite normal for him to spend a few hours at a party and come back without knowing much about the people he had met. He usually did most of the talking.

Now one can barely get a few sentences out of him when people try to probe about the importance of his work. He is far more interested in finding out about what others do, and never stops asking questions. He even attended a memory seminar which helps him remember the names of people he meets at social gatherings. I asked him why this sea change in behavior, and he was quick with his response: “It’s all about the people – you have to be genuinely interested in them…. As I proactively built this habit, I found that I felt deep intrinsic satisfaction when I knew I had understood (and helped) someone….. And usually in turn, they do their best for you. It’s a win-win habit.”

4. From ‘No Way’ to ‘Let’s See’

At the corporate job, any request that was outside the normal way of doing things was usually given a ‘No Way’ response. He was far too busy to consider difficult propositions.

Now, his usual response is, “Let’s see what we can do. There must be a way.” Now, Jim is humility personified. Even if he is unable to help, you can be sure he will give it an honest effort.

Over drinks one evening while we were talking about all of this, Jim admitted that he should have made these changes a long time ago even while he was a corporate executive. “I just did not realize how arrogant and closed I had become,” he said while shaking his head in disbelief.
It is easy for any busy, successful person to fall into these familiar traps. Do you see a bit of Jim in yourself? Is that what you want? Jim was able to make the required changes at the right time. What changes do you need to make?

This article was written by Rajeev Peshawaria and extracted from http://www.forbes.com

Characteristics Of A Successful Entrepreneur

The characteristics of a successful entrepreneur is what sets one person apart from the other. It makes the difference between success and failure in business.

My list of top 10 character traits outlined below is by no means exhaustive. However, they are the most appropriate ones for someone interested in starting a business from home.

Vision
All entrepreneurs have a dream with a clear vision of what they want to achieve. They imagine their success before it becomes a reality.

Self Belief

Successful entrepreneurs have a great attitude, positive mindset and a strong belief in their own ability. They are not affected by what people think.
Planning

They are results-orientated and have clearly defined goals. Entrepreneurs plan with the end in mind and then they work out exactly how they’ll get there.

Perseverance

Successful entrepreneurs are highly motivated, self starters. They stay focused on their dream even when they encounter obstacles (and there will always be obstacles to overcome!).
They don’t get distracted by non-productive tasks …. and most important of all …. they never give up.

They have passion, drive and high energy levels. If you ask any successful entrepreneur they’ll tell you that they absolutely love what they do.
Courage

Entrepreneurs dare to take risks. They understand that to succeed they may have to do things that they have never done before.
Accountability

They accept personal responsibility for their actions, learn from their mistakes and are good problem solvers.

Strong Work Ethic

Entrepreneurs have a strong work ethic and are absolutely committed to their vision.

Continuous Learning

Entrepreneurs understand the value of continually learning new skills and working on their mindset.

Work Harder and Smarter

They organize their time so they get more done and contribute more value.

Systems

They implement systems which allow them to work “on their business” instead of “in their business”. They can then focus on the areas that drive and grow their business instead of non-productive, day-to-day administrative activities.

This article was extracted from: http://www.successfully-starting-an-online-business.com.
Michael E. Gerber’s book “The E-Myth” is dedicated to this whole concept. I highly recommend reading it. It opened my eyes.