The gallons of rain from June washed out our expired editorial calendar and ushered in one that is fresh and relevant. One of the changes we made how we distribute our Round Ups. Going from weekly to now monthly recaps, you can expect a rundown of what’s new in technology, social media trends, pop culture + hot topics, and happenings within our community.
We hope you’ll enjoy our ‘something new’. Here’s our monthly roundup for June 2017.
Real Good (reads, music, & more)
Jay-Z pulled a Beyonce and silently dropped his 13th studio album 4:44 last night. Fans have been raving since 11 PM and have already dubbed it as Jay’s response to Beyonce’s Lemonade. The power couple recently welcomed twins and are settled in their temporary home in Malibu, California. 4:44 is a clairvoyant recompense of the rapper’s infidelities and pain that he’s caused women in his life, especially his wife and mother to his three children. We haven’t listened yet but according to the overwhelmingly positive reviews, 4:44 will grace our weekend playlists.
Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome? In a recent team chat about “living up to potential”, our Resident in Tech, Terrance Gaines shared an article about what it is and 21 ways to overcome it. Here are a few that stood out:
– Focus on providing value. From Start Up Bros, “The fastest way to get over feeling like a fraud is to genuinely try to help someone else.”
– Stop comparing yourself to that person. Read this, “There’s no good reason for you to be reading what I’m writing. There are world class biographies of Warren Buffett, John D. Rockefeller, and Einstein. James Altucher has had more successes than me. Peter Thiel just wrote a book. Tim Ferriss, Paul Graham, Kevin Kelly… these guys blog! But still, I’m writing this because I think I have something to offer. Actually, when I look at my praise file I have proof that I have something to offer.”
– Nobody belongs here more than you. This sentence resonated: “If you can admit that nobody belongs here more than you (while maintaining the belief that you don’t belong here any more than anyone else) you will find yourself making connections with people in powerful ways.”
Read the whole article here.
Have you been watching Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta? Some of our favorite bloggers and influencers have and they’ve got a lot to say about it. We did a roundup of their early recaps on the show here. Read a few of them before jumping into this week’s episode, which was probably the fieriest of them all. If you’ve been following the show, who’s your favorite cast member?
The Serena Williams, arguably the GOAT, showed off her pregnant belly (ahem, naked body) on this month’s cover of Vanity Fair. The 35-year-old icon was photographed by Annie Leibovitz to adorn what Vanity Fair calls a retelling of her and fiancé Alex Ohanian’s love story. From her hair to her beautiful brown skin to the glow that only pregnancy can bring on, Serena looks absolutely perfect and happy. Congrats, star!
The 2017 BET Awards have come and gone but we had a little bit to say. In case you missed it, here are 9 entrepreneurial lessons we learned from watching the hip hop ceremony on Sunday. Let us know your favorite parts.
Community Love – #TribeUp
We’ve been gone for a minute but now we’re back in the jump off! On Saturday, July 15, the summer Blogalicious Pop Experience will kick off in Atlanta. The location is under lock and key at the moment, but we can share that the event will take place from 1 PM to 4 PM. We’re sharing details in our exclusive Facebook group and via newsletter, so be on the lookout for more details.
A few members of our awesome community were featured in Hacker Noon’s 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow On Twitter. The list is packed with “Software Engineers, Web Developers, Coders, Tech Journalists and Bloggers, and more.” Please take a moment to read, follow, and congratulate your peers! We see you being great, guys.
Just when we thought she couldn’t get any more awesome, communications expert Amber Wright penned her debut book Can We Talk?: 10 Life Lessons on Finding Your Voice & Finding Yourselfclick here. The new author is hosting a book launch and signing on July 8 in Los Angeles, CA. We’re so proud of Amber and have enjoyed watching her journey unfold. For more information about the upcoming launch, .
Tech + Social Media Trends
Instagram now features a Paid Partner Tag? Yes, they do. But what is it? Refinery 29 shared details on Instagram’s newest update this week.
Here’s how the new feature works: If an an influencer is posting sponsored content, they should select “Advanced Settings” along the bottom of the caption screen. These advanced settings, where you can turn off comments for a post, will have a new “Branded Content” section that says “Tag Business Partner.” When an influencer chooses that option, the partner’s name will be added where a location tag normally shows up. The same goes for a sponsored post in an Instagram Story.
This feature could save thousands of influencers from inadvertently violating FTC guidelines. We’ll keep you updated as more information unfolds.
Ariel Williams is the digital content manager and part-time social media support at Blogalicious.com. She also runs SlayCulture.com. Send your pitches and questions to email@example.com.