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Meet Dr. Jennifer Daniels

She was a proficient student, she received a degree with multiple merits.

She also obtained her medical degree (M.D) and a MBA simultaneously within 4 years.

Dr Jennifer Daniels chose to surrender her medical practice license and then became a “terrorist” in America for not practicing medicine the conventional way . In order to protect her own life she now lives outside of the U.S.

She exposes all of the malpractices she had witnessed in this medical field. This is explained in detail in her book titled ” lethal dose”.

Ever since she made the shift from the medical standard of care to natural therapies she has been at the service of her community and she has been teaching about natural food and self care. Dr Daniels has been revealing certain so called natural diets that do more harm to the body rather than healing it.

She stands for truth and integrity because according to her being a doctor is more than holding an honorable degree; it’s about raising awareness about holistic healing ( that you wouldn’t hear from actual holistic healers).

She made mind blowing discoveries about food that are beneficial to the general health.

She put together her own natural healing product called vitality capsules. 

Written by: Shendor Menvarayzz

Inspiration International Music

LET’S DIVE INTO CH’AN THE ARTIST WORLD

Today the spotlight is on a young promising Barbadian songstress and lyricist. Her musical style is very soulful; it’s tonic and stimulating to the mind. Listening to her music will boost your mood up. When you think of Barbados, you think of soca and calypso, but Ch’an takes her audience past the Caribbean borders. Indeed real and pure music is boundless and timeless. Her YouTube cover series was her choice to cover brilliant artists’ songs the average listeners wouldn’t necessarily know. We’re very thankful for this series because this adds lots of richness to her music (we want to hear more than just the regular famous singers). We are also thankful for the discovery of unknown talents. This young lady has such amazing vocals, and she genuinely loves to share her beautiful gift with others; good for us!

Her lyrics tell profound and exciting stories, her songs uplift and empower. No matter what you may encounter in life, there is always greatness awaiting you. Keep up the fantastic work, Ch’an, the artist; we see you from Barbados and worldwide.

Written by: Shendor Menvarayzz

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Self-taught Fashion Designer Ty Kent Interview

What would be your advice to a self-taught fashion designer who struggles to make it in the industry?

Don’t focus on others’ ideas of what it means to “make it into the industry.” I think we have been programmed to fit into something to feel like we have “made” it. That is why so many seek labels and ways to define themselves based on some mold. Start establishing your definition of success, set your own goals, and set your own pace by staying focused on what inspired you to choose this artistry. A designer is an artist, and artists have a unique vision and purpose behind the artistry. Always stay focused on YOUR vision and purpose. So when you come across a rocky road on your journey, the turbulence won’t cause you to get off the path or turn around and give up.

How do you cope with this pandemic as an entrepreneur?

I adjust. Never get too comfortable in life because life always brings the unexpected. I don’t care who you are, how much money you make, how long you have been working in your career, or how successful you think you are. Never get too comfortable, and always be ready to adjust. No one is exempted from life’s curveballs. Please don’t feel like you are the only one going through it. Life isn’t picking on you, so don’t ever feel bullied because then that victim mindset will set in and create anxiety. Anxiety will throw you off your game. Don’t panic, access the situation, and adjust.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Do you have any fears looking into the future? If yes, what would they be?

In five years, I see God using me to pour into others like never before. I have a vision for the platform he has given me through my YouTube channel and my passion as a homeschooling mom. I also see myself having an established, recognizable brand representing my work as a designer and artist. Good things take time, and I have been working and building for years now, and I am finally in the stage of reintroducing my brand and sharing my heart in many forms. I even desire to publish a children’s book series. Could this all happen in 5 years? I don’t know. My focus is to work on the now and let God worry about them then.

What has been your most significant achievement since you’re in this industry?

I think gaining confidence and finding freedom in expressing who I am in an industry that (I feel) tries to push a mold. I taught myself, and it can be not very comforting when you see the many others who went to school, interned for some of the top designers, and of course, see so many other talented people in the industry. You can quickly get discouraged and see yourself as not good enough. If you can achieve confidence in yourself and your abilities, no one else’s light will ever be able to dim yours no matter what they have done and where they have been. Everyone has their unique light, and finding my light is the greatest thing I can ever accomplish because my light will forever guide me and keep me focused on my path.

How do you handle failure on a business point and in general?

The only form of failure is making a decision that redirects your path and purpose to the wrong destination. A journey is like a boxing match. You may win some rounds, and you may lose some rounds, but the knockout is all that matters. I believe you can get in the ring with the wrong opponent and find yourself fighting for something that was never meant for you to win. If it is intended for you to discontinue in that particular business, it is not a failure to let that business go. Sometimes we get excited about things and jump ahead of our instructions; it is ok to readjust and get back on the right path. Now, if it is meant for you to be where you are, the only form of failure will be giving up. You will feel that regret and resentment for the rest of your life because it is like losing a part of you. Everything you do in life should flow out of you naturally because it was meant for you. Don’t force yourself into things that you know you shouldn’t be doing. Now, if you are doing it for money reasons or to survive, that’s your decision. The great thing about life’s journey is that it takes you many places to learn many lessons. You only fail when you reject the lesson that was meant to be learned during that season.

How do you balance motherhood, business, and being an artist?

Setting my priorities straight and gracing myself in understanding my pace will be a little different from others in this season in my life. Being a mother is a part of who I am just as much as, if not more, than anything else I do in life. Different seasons will have various paces and priorities, and that’s ok. I adjust. As long as I am still going, that’s all that matters. Even if I am walking slowly and not running, I am always moving. Balancing those three things depends on the woman and what season they are in. Like I stated before, we can never get too comfortable because of the season change. It is easy to think everything will flow the way you want it to if you do x, y, and z. But life as a parent, business owner, or anything is so unpredictable. I think being open to adjusting is the key to always finding balance.

Who are your role model or influencers if you do have any?

I can’t pinpoint or name a role model in my life. I have had the honor to come across so many different people in my life, and hearing their stories or witnessing their seasons truly impacted my perception of life. Because I am so focused on knowing and understanding my journey, I try not to get tunnel vision on specific people’s journeys. It can become distracting and sometimes discouraging if I feel like I can’t measure up or not turn out like theirs. I believe we sometimes become blind to our journey’s beauty because we become so engulfed with others’ beauty. I get inspired and impacted by others all the time, but I don’t let their life become my model because I will never truly walk into the model I wasn’t created to be. We are all uniquely designed; no one model is alike.

Did anybody ever tell you that you inspired them?

The crazy thing about this question is that I’ve heard this so often, not realizing they were even paying attention in that way. It can be my little sister, just randomly expressing it while watching me nurture my children. It can be my father who thanks me and expresses how I inspired him by just encouraging him through some of the most challenging seasons in his life. It could be a girlfriend who expresses it at a brunch after having girl talk. It could be a subscriber expressing it after watching a tutorial on my channel. I have always lived my life, allowing God to use me to pour into others whatever way he sees fit. So, what many don’t realize is, the inspiration wasn’t coming from me. It was coming from Him. I was just a vessel who didn’t know God was using me at that moment to pour into them.

Would you say that your career is your actual purpose?

I believe your purpose is in who you are, not what you do. So, I think you can fulfill your purpose while operating in your career and still be operating in your purpose outside of your job. I believe many times we confuse our gifts and talents with being our purpose. God can use your skills and talents to fulfill your purpose, but they aren’t your purpose. When you limit your goal to being a title of something that you do, you limit the impact of your purpose.

You are now homeschooling two beautiful children; how are they impacting your journey as a fashion designer?

I am now officially a mom of 3, and it is funny you asked this question because I was telling my hubby how each of my kids unlocked a superpower in me with each pregnancy that trauma, others, and just life tried to keep hidden in me. My firstborn unlocked confidence in me that I didn’t know I had. My second-born took that confidence to the next level and unlocked a story of courage in me that I didn’t know was possible. My third opened a level of clarity that took both my confidence and courage to a whole new level. They have impacted me as a woman who pours over into everything else that I do. My journey would not be the same without them.



Written By: Shendor Menvarayzz

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Neteral Interview: Tanya Clavien & Her Natural Hair Experience

Neteral Magazine:  Hello, Tanya Clavien  thank you for being apart of Neteral Magazine documentry and offering to share your hair experience with us. So tell us about your hair experience and what makes you who you are?

Tanya Clavien:   As a little girl I thought nothing of my natural tresses.  I LOVED my lengthy, thick hair until somewhere down the line, let’s see, starting at 8 years old, I wanted to do what every one else was doing, and what I mean by everyone else was the black women around me.  Natural hair was not looked down upon with the young girls in my family at all.  In fact, my hair was praised because of how full and healthy it was.  I still wanted to do what I saw being looked up to, much more than what grew out of my scalp.

Neteral Magazine:  That’s great because I know as black women or any women of ethnicity we are more than just our hair type and understood that being a young and natural girl and possibly seeing and observing all the black women around you and their hair styles made you realize something vastly different and influential for you to start wearing your hair in a particular way. Did you ever go through a change with your natural hair as in processed it to a particular texture?

Tanya Clavien:  I got my hair pressed for the first time for an important event, and after that I got up from that chair from sitting all of those hours, I couldn’t stop staring at myself in the mirror, fingers twirling in my hair with a big smile on my face.  I realized that my hair didn’t take a press too well because of its texture and the humidity of that day combined.  After that event, I only pressed my hair for school pictures and other events, but I was kept from the straightening comb because of the damage it’s known to cause.

Neteral Magazine:  That’s amazing! that most young black girls and women can relate to either the first time that they have pressed their hair for a special event or had change the texture of their hair to accommodate a style for a special event. So, tell us about your hair journey as you grew older?

Tanya Clavien: So as I got older, I knew that my natural hair  of the past would not be celebrated in the future, so I mostly wore my hair slicked back with gel in a bun.  It was either that or a press, but mostly it was the bun.  During junior high and high school when I styled my hair in these two ways, I always thought in the back of my mind why I couldn’t I just wear my hair the way it was naturally?  What was the big deal?  Pressing for what?  Gelling for who?  Why do I have to conform to anybody’s standard?  It was annoying and frustrating.  Why do some of us black women feel that our hair is not good enough to wear in it’s natural state?  It is because we are programmed by the ones around us, that a young lady has to look a “certain way”.  And that way is not wearing your hair in its natural state.  It is pretending to be someone else, that’s what it is.  We are also programmed by the media that kinks are unacceptable and unattractive. I believed the lie that my hair was unmanageable, and it needed to be “tamed”.

Neteral Magazine: We most certainly agree with you in regards to the precedence of black women or black young girls today, that  they should not have to change who they are or how they look just to fit into a standard of style and beauty other than the natural beauty of who and what they are. “Hair” being one accessory that we can re-verse the standard of beauty by accepting the natural texture, length, color and natural appearance of our own hair as black women today. In which, NETERAL  is starting discover a lot of black women are starting to truly embrace their natural hair and come up with exquisite styles that natural and astonishing.

Tanya sat smiling to herself, and expressed her appreciation of her natural hair as we were coming to a close for Neteral one on one interview with Tanya Clavien

Tanya Clavien:  I remember the day I said “expletive it”.  I’m wearing my hair like this ( She pointed to her natural hair ), and I don’t care what anyone thinks!  Guess what!   after-all  it didn’t matter to anyone else.  I felt free, and most of all, I felt relieved.  I could be myself, finally!  This is me, no front.

Neteral Magazine: And Miss Clavien, you are indeed naturally beautiful, and continue to present yourself with much confidence as a young black woman today. The world don’t care about what you want or wish to be……the world only care about and will embrace who you are. This is why “Neteral” is  putting together a magazine that promotes natural beauty and exudes the natural appearance of black women in particular today as they are. Is their anything else that you will like to share?

Tanya Clavien: Thank you; I apperciate that— it is amazing  how when I look at natural hair now, I see it as the most gorgeous hair anyone can have.  We are truly blessed as black women to have the type of hair that we have.  No one else has it, it looks best with our features, and it can be manipulated into a multiplicity of styles.  Did I mention that it is absolutely gorgeous.  NETERAL Magazine celebrates natural hair, being that the women featured in NETERAL must have natural hair.  It is much more than hair, it is what ties us to one another, what identifies us as a group of people.

Neteral Magazine: We couldn’t have disagreed with you at all, thank you for your time and sharing your hair experience and what makes you who you are.

Tanya Clavien:  My pleasure.  You are welcome; and thank you for taking the time to interview me.

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Tyra’s Course: CEO 101

Over in Vogue Italia Black, media mogul & supermodel Tyra Banks started a how-to 7 step guide on “How to Be Your Own CEO”.  Ms. Banks started this web series back in April of this year.  This is so beneficial to all, including myself, who are looking to start up businesses and successful brands.

The first step of the how-to guide is “In order to run your own business, you need to be able to run your own life”.  This statement is so true.  Your business should be a reflection of how you handle day to day life.  You should be able to apply skills and routines that you follow to your business practices.

To get the entire explanation of step 1, visit the link http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/tyra-banks/2010/04/come-essere-ceo-di-se-stessi

The second step is to “build confidence”.  If you don’t believe in your self…..I prefer to use the term “know what you have to offer”, rather than believe, how will anyone accept what you are offering, right? http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/tyra-banks/2010/04/come-essere-ceo-di-se-stessi–step-due

The third step is to “dress to impress”. http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/tyra-banks/2010/04/come-essere-ceo-di-se-stessi–step-tre

The fourth step is to “make a plan”. This is very important because as Tyra states, “You can’t make a plan if you don’t know what you’re doing”.  A plans maps out exactly what your business is, what goals you want to accomplish, and the time line in which you want to accomplish each goal. http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/tyra-banks/2010/05/come-essere-ceo-di-se-stessi–step-quattro

The fifth step is to “build relationships & network”.  This is key; if you want to know how what you’re doing works, what better way to find out than to connect with someone you aspire to be like. http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/tyra-banks/2010/05/come-essere-ceo-di-se-stessi–step-cinque

The sixth step is “practice humility”.  I see a lot of people having difficulty with this one because once you get the recognition of your work that you long for, it will be difficult for anyone to tell you how to do anything.  But nonetheless, humility takes you far. http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/tyra-banks/2010/07/come-essere-ceo-di-se-stessi–step-sei

The final step concluding the “How to Be Your Own CEO” guide is to “get organized”.  Organization, organization, organization!  She is absolutely right.  If everything is all over the place, how do you know the whens, wheres, hows of your business or whatever venture you are a part of?  Being organized is crucial when it comes to running a business.  A lost file can mean the difference between night & day for your company. http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/tyra-banks/2010/10/come-essere-ceo-di-se-stessi–step-sette

I want everyone who reads this and the 7 step guide to actually apply these steps to your lives.  Everyone has potential.  The difference is those who will sacrifice to unlock their potential versus those who are comfortable with a stifled potential.  Unlock your creativity.  That is what I live by day after day.