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Nene Merit RE-introduces the Elegancy 101 Membership Card! Female Empowerment

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Who is Nene Merit?

My name is Nene Merit, Elegancy 101 owner and I am 23 years old, my parents are Nigerian and I was born in Delft the Netherlands. I used to be a blogger back in the day and I studied events marketing. I started blogging during my student period. Suddenly I started getting a lot of visitors from the United States and the UK this happened around 2010/2011.

Blogging was not a big thing around this time. An Afro-European blog about what to find where was not a hot topic. Most people went to American bloggers’ website to read about topics where to get certain wanted products.

There was nothing similar to that in Europe. More and more collaborations started like the MTV awards etc. I started making press reports for MTV. I couldn’t really make money of of it because there was no budget to pay bloggers like me at the time.

I am currently working on freelance PR and  making money in different ways. My membership card also keeps me busy. I don’t like working for a boss, I prefer having my own income and being my own boss.

 

Nene Merit owner Elegancy 101

Nene Merit, 23 years old

 

What was your motivation to start Elegancy 101?

Elegancy 101 was aimed at Afro-Europeans and what we go through on a daily basis. I have decided to focus more on beauty and topics like weave and preventing skin bleaching.

I always tried to bring  people with different cultures and believes together so I decided to launch an Elegancy 101 membership card.

Ladies have a lot in common but sometimes do not get each other because of the culture differences. I want to change that by giving workshops and creating discounts. I target people from the age of 18 to 35 years.

 

What is your favorite project that you are currently working on?

The Elegancy 101 Membership Card is a project started by myself. It is a way of bringing different women together through the use of the membership card. It has many advantages for living a healthy, educational and cultural live in or near the bigger cities of The Netherlands. We focus on young adults, especially women from diverse backgrounds living in and around the cities.

The card will enable you to attend different workshops and various discounts for mainly female aimed products and services. Also will it help diffuse the negative stereotype of black women. It will also decrease the ethnic profiling that is going on.

Members can get many discounts by using the card to purchase theater tickets for example. Moreover the card also offers discounts for workshops, readings, debates, lady fitness, beauty, festivals and ladies nights. Also will the makers of the member card arrange several activities, debates and seminars themselves to entertain the members.

The card is mainly for?

  • For women from the age 18 to 40;
  • To promote culture in the ‘Randstad’; (In Holland Utrecht, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Almere and Den Haag)
  • Educative;
  • Multicultural

and so much more!

This is why You need the Elegancy Member Card

We want to make Cultural outings more accessible for all women of different ethnic backgrounds. We want to make CULTURE hip again. The boring stereotype around museums etc. needs to be gone! The different events that we will be organizing for members are themed around FEMALE EMPOWERMENT.

There are currently some negative stereotypes around young adults from a migration background and we want to kick that stereotypes’ ass. Enhancing Female empowerment in combination with battling stereotypes is one of our main goals. The membership card will also enable people to come together and create new friendships. Another great aspect is how The Card enhances the cultural diversity in Holland.

Women empowerment get together

Women empowerment get together


This is how it Works!

Step 1 to 5

Step 1: Go to www.e101card.com. Order the membership card. Agree to the terms. Pay the yearly amount of  € 7,50 (8.27 US dollars).

Step 2: Get the Unique Code from the E101Card. This Code is personal and connected to your online account

Step 3: Log in on www.e101card.com and book your activities Online. Get Notified about your event.

Step 4: Get all year long promotions and discounts. Get a monthly Notification about Newly added events.

Step 5: Take your card to the event. Take your ID and enjoy the events with a great Discount!

Nene merit owner of Elegancy 101

Nene Merit on a traveling trip

What does Melanin Wonder mean to you?

That is a hard one! Me personally, I think it is motivating to see other dark skinned women doing well in general. Independent Melanin people that try to reach their goals in life. I am a big fan of people chasing after what they want in life too. I do not really use this term because I am a fan of everyone, whether you are yellow or purple I do not care about color.

What are some of the Melanin Wonders you look up to?

Faya Lourens, Sylvana Simons, Shay Krueger, Birgit Lewis and Pearl Jozefzoon ! All women who have their personal difficulties throughout life. I love the way they are!

 

What is your message to all melanin women and girls?

Go for it! It sounds so cliché but it is a fact that going for what you want is not as hard as it may seem. Try to connect with other people (network).

Do not let anything stop you, no dream is too big to achieve. Nothing depends on your skin color or your background, If you want It you will get it. Also, the internet can provide many chances to access different things that are necessary to start something for yourself.

There are so many ways to become successful in life. Just choose one and go for it.

 

 

“Do not let anything disturb you!”

Nene can be found

You can find me on my website:

www. e101card.com

my Twitter @Elegancy101 and on Facebook Nene Merit and Elegancy101

PR: Elegancy101 PR.

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Angel Rich the Melanin Wonder named to be “The next Steve Jobs” by Forbes!!

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Angel Rich “The Next Steve Jobs”

 

Angel Rich, from Washington, DC, has developed a very innovative app called Credit Stacker that teaches students about personal finance, credit management skills, and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. The app is so popular that 200,000 people (and growing) downloaded it to their smartphones and tablets within just two weeks of its launch.

 

Melanin Wonder Angel was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hampton University. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Way to represent her Melanin self!

She briefly worked as a global market research analyst for Prudential, where she conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies.

She says that during her time there, she helped the company generate more than $6 billion in revenue. She resigned, however in 2013, to start her own company, The Wealth Factory.

Remarkably, the app has been named the “best financial literacy product in the country” by the Office of Michelle Obama, the “best learning game in the country” by the Department of Education, and the “best solution in the world for reducing poverty” by JP Morgan Chase. It has won first place in several business competitions including the Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition and the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition. Angel has won more than $50,000 in business grants with her efforts.

Her company’s Credit Stacker app is available in four languages and in 40 countries and is rapidly approaching 1 million downloads.

Although the app is free for users to download, the revenue model is to generate money on the back-end from advertisers in addition to existing contracts. She also has a partnership with the D.C. Dept of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.

In time, other major financial companies like NASDAQ, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Wells Fargo, and more will likely want to get on board as well

 

Download the Credit Stacker app from the iTunes App store here, visit:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/creditstacker/id1130346776

Download the Credit Stacker app from the Google Play app store now, visit:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.capital.creditstacker

Follow Melanin Wonder Angel Rich on Facebook and visit www.facebook.com/wealthylifers

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Culture vs Religion

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Normally I don’t get into religious topics. I´ve experienced intelligent people with common sense, reach for infantile like arguments in the name of the Supreme being they serve aka God/Allah/Yehovah. Such arguments can end up very messy. But to be fair, as African/Black people these are conversations we need to have.

 

Disclaimer: I was baptized in the catholic church and later took the holy communion. Until my early twenties, I was a devoted catholic that prayed to white Jesus for salvation & forgiveness. All of that changed when I first visit the Elmina Castle in Ghana. Right above the dungeons,  where they kept my ancestors enslaved, they had a church to worship every Sunday. Also worth mentioning is that my children are Muslim. This blog is in no way meant to attack or offend anybody’s religion.  

Before the colonizers came we had all these riches. A sovereign Africa with social, economic political and spiritual systems in place. After the invasions we were evangelized but powerless. They told us our own African spirituality was evil and that our cultures were primitive and savage. All while doing the evilest things to us as a people. The irony of it all…

As Mahatma Gandhi said:

“Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.”

Another great wisdom comes from Marimba Ani:

`Your culture is your immune system’.

 

Decolonizing our minds

Without knowing who we are we can not free ourselves politically, mentally or spiritually. Any religion that demands you to denounce who you are can not be in the best interest of you or your people.

Black people are the most religious people I know, yet we find ourselves at the bottom of the social & economic ladder everywhere we are. We pray to messiahs or prophets in languages that are not our mother tongues. There must come a moment that we should look at our believes in a critical way.

The truth of the matter, Christianity and Islam has been enforced upon us and is such a huge part of our political and social systems. On the continent and in the diaspora,  it would be naive to expect this to change any time soon.

The good news is that as we continue decolonizing our minds,  we are also decolonizing our faith. We are replacing images of white Jesus with black ones. Africanizing Christianity to suit our cultural needs.

Last but not least, each day more of us are exploring and re-connecting with African spirituality.

At the end of the day, the way we connect to the higher source should bring about empowerment and justice. On a personal and collective level.

Lighting a candle in memory of my ancestors

I embrace African spirituality in my own unique way because it feeds my soul. As an example, every Monday I light a white candle and put a glass of water for my ancestors. I grew up seeing my great grandmother, grandmother, mother, and all my aunties doing this. This is part of my family culture. It reminds me that I am connected to a lineage of great women & men who came before me. They sacrificed for me to be here. It empowers me. It humbles me and helps me align with my purpose. As I walk on this earth making my own sacrifices I hope and pray that when I’m not around my children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren will light a candle next to a glass of water in my memory.  Because every step I’m taking is in gratitude of the ones that came before me and for the love of the ones who are coming after me.

 

Culture is like Vitamin D

I often compare culture with vitamin D. As black people we are people of the sun. So when we find ourselves in Europe we need to take vitamin D as a replacement for the lack of sun we get in this part of the world. That spiritual Vitamin D for me comes in the form of another family tradition, my spiritual baths on New Year’s Eve. I take some of what I saw my grandmother doing and add some of what my own ‘yeye’  (soul) whispers me to do. As I give these baths to my children while we pray or think positive thoughts my heart runneth over with love. The smells of the perfumes bring me back to my own childhood when my grandmom gave us these New Years spiritual baths. The instructions she gave us about incense. But also the importance of reading your bible. The only bible I own was given to me by my late grandmom. 

 

The Almighty source

The stories in the Bible or Quaran may or may not be all true. Again I’m not coming for anyone’s faith, I’m just saying I wasn’t there and there are all these different theories out there. What I know for sure is that I am here because there is a GOD almighty that love me so much that blessed me to be part of a lineage of amazing Power Queens & Kings. 

What I also know for sure is:

I was raised by my late great grandmother Gani. A woman who was a young widow and managed, as an entrepreneur to raise five daughters on her own.

I was raised by my late grandfather, Papai, that cooked the most delicious fish, bean salad and breakfasts ever and always had my back.

I was raised by my late grandmother Ethel, that made sure I inherited a rich syncretized spirituality called Santeria. This is the navigation system I use to find my own spiritual path.

I was raised by aunties and uncles that made sacrifices every day. They rose above the circumstances they were born in, to provide the next generations with more opportunities, more freedom. I am honoured to call them my ancestors.

My culture is how I honor my ancestors

Religion/Spirituality is how I connect to that almighty Source. My culture is how I honour my ancestors. My heritage as an African/Black woman that is part of an ethnic group aka African/Black/Melanin rich people that is the cradle of the creation of God called humanity.

The source of evil

Recently somebody asked me what I think is the source of evil. My response: Ignorance. Because only ignorance would allow human beings, with their limitations to think they have the monopoly on the path to God. Ignorance and cult-egoism would put conditions on a love our brains are not even capable to comprehend.

Religion is religion. Culture is culture. We need both.

Love yourself enough to have Agaciro. “Agaciro” is a Kinyarwanda word that means dignity. This is exactly what we need as we continue to decolonize our mind, body, and spirit.

For me personally…..Africa is my religion.

     Ashe

 

 

 

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Black is King Movie – A review

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I have been binge watching The Resident for a couple of weeks. I have particularly been enthralled by the character of Dr. Mina Okafor played by Shaunette Renee Wilson.

THE RESIDENT: Shaunette Renée Wilson as Dr. Mina Okafor in Season Three of THE RESIDENT Fox Media LLC. Cr: Miranda Penn Turin/FOX

She is portrayed as an enigmatic , eccentric and radically brilliant surgeon who pivots between an extremely anti-social mien and a morally divided persona. However, her brilliance is unparalleled. She represents what the true Nigerian spirit is; brilliant, innovative, independent and blaise. This is a welcome departure from the stereotypes of fraud, avarice and corruption that trail us everywhere we go. I would have preferred an actor of Nigerian origin playing the role though but…I digress. It made me reflect deeply on the ‘Black is King’ movie.

“She represents what the true Nigerian spirit is; brilliant, innovative, independent and blaise”

 

Beyonce’s visual album

The visual album released by Beyonce Knowles is quite intriguing. It is bright, colorful and very entertaining. The costumes and choreography were well-placed and the video and musical quality was top-notch. I have been playing ‘water’ back to back for the past two weeks and I simply love the rhythm. There have been loads of questions raised though. The East Africans are having an axe to grind because they were not represented in any aspect of the video. Naysayers are also saying the rustic and homespun quality that typifies Africa was missing. Hogwash! Must Africa be portrayed as being servile and backward?

My take is, that it is a good start. It is just baffling that an African American who literally is living her best life out of Africa is the one carrying the torch for the continent to be seen for the treasure that it is. Our homegrown talent are all about acquiring fake American accents and passing themselves off as foreign while ignoring the very essence of the culture that stands them out. Even the music being turned out is at best rhythmic noise laced with sonorous beats. There is simply no substance nowadays.

Like the character of Mina Okafor, we need to stand and be counted. Let us project and exude confidence, panache and class. Never again should it be said that we are backward and not ready to be called first world.
I guess it’s the African-Americans, African-European and all other blacks of African origin that will make us wake up and project the continent in its proper light. Beyonce has started, let others follow suit.


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Oluwaseun Omomowo

Oluwaseun Omomowo

Oluwaseun Omomowo (@oluwaseunomomowo) is a writer and a Pan-Africanist who has spent the greater part of his life advocating for the socio-political advancement of the African continent . He has a degree in English language and literature , a masters degree in view in the field of Philosophy, Politics and Economics and will in the near future be awarded a PhD in the field of African Development and Public policy . He has worked in over 46 countries and has extensive experience in immigration policy and protocols .

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