MMR: Give us a little background about yourself and your business.
VBC: My name is Shadae Bumpers, 31, and I am the owner of Victory by Choice, which is a spiritually guided coaching and management company. Victory by Choice was the result of many blessings and miracles that started to manifest in my life as a result of upgrading my faith. I’ve always had a passion for teaching and helping people, but after my own journey I wanted to really show someone the significance of who one is as a creation from a perfect Creator. In 2014, before giving birth to my youngest child, I started my own spiritual journey of self-discovery and gained a relationship between myself and the God I serve in a way I have never known or recognized before. I learned the power of the mind and spirit are directly linked to the outcomes and circumstances we experience in our lives. We are all made in the image of our Creator, which is the basis of my belief that we too are creators and royalty by divine right. Victory by Choice is designed to empower individual with the knowing of who they are and release them of limiting beliefs that deny them from understanding who they have the potential to be.
MMR: Who is your professional and/or personal inspiration behind what you do?
VBC: My personal inspiration behind what I do would be any and every person I meet that desires to live a happier more fulfilled life. Anyone I’ve ever met that believed things can’t get any better than the way they are now. I’m inspired by the people I meet daily who are positive, warm and welcoming in spite of their circumstances or less than desirable experiences.
My family inspires me. My history inspires me. People like Oprah, Dr. Wayne Dire, Jerry & Ester Hicks, Les Brown and Tony Ribbons to name a few whom motivate and empower people to have accountability in their lives as deliberate creators. I am genuinely inspired by anyone who has the drive to achieve their goals in spite of their adversities or likelihood to achieve such goals. I am truly inspire by those who see nothing as impossible but recognizes the word itself says I’m possible.
MMR: If you can describe what makes your business/craft so unique by using one word, what would it be?
MMR: What words of encouragement do you have for aspiring women entrepreneurs?
VBC: Never underestimate another’s ability to see greatness in you. Your soul’s intention to have a business of your own puts you ahead of the game simply because you desire to have more. When you choose to be victorious regardless of the up and downs in the process you’ll always come out the victor and never the victim.
Also, remember you are a reflection of every woman you meet; meaning the strength, beauty, insight and ambition that resides in you may be the very thing that woman needed to see to recognize that same power within herself. You are a walking billboard for dreams to come true even when you have yet to achieve your own.
MMR: What is your business website and your social media pages? Event links?
VBC: My business website is: www.VictorybyChoice.com. The link for an upcoming empowerment conference that I am hosting is www.JourneytoQueendom.com. You can also check out my social media pages: Facebook: Victory by Choice and follow us on Instagram: @InspireMeVBC
MMR: Do you have any upcoming events? If so, please provide details about the event (what, when, where, how, etc)
VBC: Victory By Choice is hosting the Journey to Queendom – Women’s Empowerment Conference on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9am-4:45pm at the Doubletree in Beachwood, OH – Registration includes breakfast and lunch for with two panel discussions and four break-out sessions with a total of 12 speakers for only $60.00 and tickets are available at www.JourneyToQueendom.com.
When she was still a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan by demanding that girls be allowed the right to education. Malala’s story is an inspiring tale of an exceptionally determined woman who has faced down brutal terrorists and thrived. Malala, meaning “grief-stricken” after Malalai of Maiwand, was born in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan in 1997. At the tender age of 11, Malala started a blog which highlighted the effects of the Taliban on Pakistan. Her honesty and integrity combined with her educated insights into the plague of the Taliban resulted in Malala becoming a well-known political figure.
When the Taliban entered Pakistan, the Yousafzai’s were forced to flee their home. Although danger was growing closer, Malala continued to educate the world on Pakistani life through her blog. She continually stressed the importance of education for women’s mobility. Without it, women were left with little options. As a result of her tireless campaigning for equal educational rights, in 2012 Miss. Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. The Pakistani Taliban said Malala was brainwashed and had become a “symbol of the infidels and obscenity.” After eight days in a coma, miraculously, Malala survived the vicious attack. Malala has become an international symbol of activism’s triumph over animosity.
At the tender age of 18, Malala is a dynamic leader – she has already inspired millions of people all over the world. Malala continued to campaign for free education for children worldwide, regardless of the danger she was in by the opposing Taliban. Malala’s catapult into fame has allowed young people to have a voice among world education leaders. The future is bright for Malala Yousafzai. Let’s have a look at her inspiring journey so far! Davitt Corporate Partners created the infographic below that looks at Malala’s life so far and the astounding accomplishments she has achieved.
There has been an ongoing issue with food and how it is grown, as well as its accessibility. Food deserts have been an urban problem in many cities, with a lot of lower-income residents eating fast and processed food. Urban farming has been on the rise, and Sow Much Good is one of many organizations that it has produced.
Robin Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good, left the corporate world to form the organization, which is a nonprofit community farm.
From the organization’s website:
Sow Much Good is committed to growing healthy communities in underserved neighborhoods by:
- Providing direct access to fresh, affordable food.
- Educating and engaging residents to adopt healthy eating habits.
- Advocating for the right of every person to have real food security.
To this date, the project has produced 30,000 lbs of chemical free, organic food. Check it out here.
Last Tuesday, Black women everywhere were jumping for joy.
Three Black women (U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) made history by forming the first and only Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls! Hip Hip Hooray! Let’s give these ladies a round of applause!
As a group, the caucus is devoted to create public policy that eliminates barriers and disparities continuously experienced by black women. Rep. Kelly told The Huffington Post, “Black women and girls are disproportionately affected by a myriad of socioeconomic issues that diminish their quality of life and threaten the well-being of their families and communities.” The caucus will address issues such as economic equity, education, wellness and safety.
The formation of the caucus was inspired by Ifeoma Ike, who is the co-founder of Black and Brown People Vote and a member of the #SheWoke committee (other black women’s rights advocates include: Nakisha M. Lewis, Tiffany D. Hightower, Shambulia Gadsden Sams, Sharisse Stancil-Ashford, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever and Sharon Cooper). The committee was formed along with a petition that called on Congress members to create a space for black women’s issues to be heavily discussed and put at the forefront.
It is important that politicians address these issues instead of ignoring the challenges black women face on a regular basis. There are very few policies that actually address the issues that affect black women, so our voices deserve to be heard in policymaking decisions.
With the likes of Sandra Bland and other untold stories of black women’s injustices, the development of this caucus could not have come at a better time. The presence and opinions of authority figures, such as the women mentioned above, will benefit how issues are addressed since they have an idea of what needs to be done to improve black women’s development in society.
For more information on the caucus visit takepart.com.
Jada Perry is a spunky, determined and active 10-year-old Cleveland girl, reading enthusiast, spelling bee guru, move-making mogul, dancing doll and the list goes on … who had a vision, saw it through and is now on her journey to (young) excellence! Oh, and she is also the Founder of the Young Reading Divas Book Club, based out of Cleveland, Ohio. I don’t know about you all, but when I was 10, I was too busy focused on what outfit Barbie was wearing on the yacht with Ken, making nasty brownies in my Easy Bake Oven and writing nonsense in my Lion King diary.
I wholeheartedly commend Jada on the moves that she’s making at such an early age and would like for you to take a moment to learn more about Ms. Jada Perry!
MMR: What is the background to how The Young Reading Divas Book Club started?
Jada: I went to an event called Paint Me Beautiful. It was for girls 10-13 years old, and it was about self-esteem and loving yourself. It made me want to come up with a way for girls my age to meet up. I like to read, and I wanted to find other girls who like reading too.
MMR: So, tell us more about this organization.
Jada: The Young Reading Divas Book Club is a group of 16 girls who are ages 9-12. We meet once a month and only read books with African American girls as the main characters because I wanted to read about girls who are just like us. At the meetings we do icebreakers, group discussions and a craft or activity that goes with the book. We have a lot of fun together.
MMR: Who is your inspiration?
Jada: My mom is my inspiration because she encouraged me to do this. She always tells me I can do anything I put my mind to. Sharon Lucas also inspired me. She is the founder of the Reading Divas Book Club in Maryland. It is a national book club. She gave me some great ideas when I was starting my book club. Lastly, I was also inspired by Marley Dias. She set a goal to find 1,000 books with black girls in them.
MMR: What advice would you give to other young girls?
Jada: Advice that I would give to other girls my age is to never be afraid to put ideas together and try something new. Like my mom says, you can do anything you put your mind to.
MMR: How can readers learn more about The Young Reading Divas Book Club or inquire if interested in joining?
Because empowerment, dopeness and all things divalicious comes in all ages…