Book Review: Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple

My first introduction to meditation was  through a class at my church when I was about 12. I always found it boring, so it wasn’t something I continued to practice as I got older. We would have to sit down, breathe and try to clear our minds. All requests that are difficult for a pre-teen to accomplish.

In the last few months I have read a lot of books about happiness, success and wealth. Many of these books mention meditation as a way to grow and cultivate a more peaceful life. Each time I finish one of those books I say to myself, “Yeah I should meditate.” But it was always something that I left on the back burner.

Recently, my co-worker gave me Russell Simmons’ new book Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple. I read the entire thing and I must say if he doesn’t convince you of the value of mediation, you must not want to change your life.

The book is a thorough breakdown of how mediation can benefit your life holistically. Simmons uses real life examples of successful people, such as Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres and Forrest Whitaker, to convey the powerful effects of meditation.

With Simmons’ own personal experiences interjected, one cannot help but appreciate his candidness and transparency in how meditation has changed his life.

Without giving it all away, here are a few quotes within the book that sums up how meditation can make a difference in your life.

“When you take those twenty minutes and allow yourself to calm down and shut out the distractions, you’ll find that it becomes easier to see that your true happiness lies in the process, not the results.”

“When you meditate, you’ll learn how to let your thoughts exist on their own without getting too involved in them.”

Remember, this book is about success so initially you may think of it as a career guide.  However, you’ll soon realize it’s power over other life aspects such as your spirit, body and mind.

Take this as a personal recommendation from me. I have started to meditate and will diligently try to stick with it. Check back to see how it’s working!

Sasha T. King is a digital media professional living in the New York City area. She holds a Masters in Publishing and has worked in the publishing field for over three years. You can join Sasha on her journey of self-discovery at or connect with her on Twitter @SaTiKing.





Funeral Business Big in African American Communities

Not many people properly prepare for the end. This includes funeral arrangements as well as insurance to take care of expenses and family members. The aftermath is usually an afterthought to be taken care of by those who are left behind. The funeral business in the African American community is one that has a rich and long history.

Madame Noire delves into the beginnings, stemming back to slavery.

“If you’ve ever picked up a fan in a Baptist church, chances are you’ve seen an appropriately misplaced ad for So-and-so’s Funeral Home inked across the back. There’s a logic to marketing death at church; in the African-American tradition afterlife services for even the least spiritual are held at the family church. But there’s something beyond that religious affiliated advertising that’s made the funeral business so prominent in the Black community. This rich history of interment should lay your curiosities to rest.”

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Singer Ledisi Talks Her New Album ‘The Truth’

ledisiGrowth is a continual part of being a musician. To stay fresh for your audience and to attract new fans reinvention can be a necessary part of the process. Singer Ledisi knows just that.

Uptown Magazine sat down with the singer to talk about her transition as a musician, overcoming self-doubt, and her new album The Truth. She also spoke about her recent performance at Black Girls Rock. Ledisi comments on the surprising reaction she got from fans when she stepped on stage with stilettos on.

“The exciting new album features the first single “I Blame You,” an energetic track as dynamic as it is hypnotic, which she wrote with in-demand producer Claude Kelly.

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’12 Years a Slave’ Doubles Box Office Sales After Oscar Win

From MadameNoire

Oscar award night was a good one for 12 Years a Slave, and the week after hasn’t been too shabby either. According to box office tabulations (and Entertainment Weekly), the historical drama and Best Picture winner expanded to double the number of theaters, and ticket sales went up 116 percent.

The film has already been in theaters for 21 weeks, putting it well past its prime. It’s also available on demand, meaning people could also stay home and watch it on their televisions. But it brought in $2.1 million, pushing its total sales up to $53 million for its run. The other nominees – Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club among them — also saw an increase in ticket sales, but the bump was much smaller.

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Nia Long Talks ‘The Single Moms Club’

From Huffington Post

Nia Long can be found in countless movies over the course of her 43 years. Her most recent film ‘The Single Moms Club‘ produced by Tyler Perry is set to debut in theaters on March 14th. Long who graces the cover of the April issue of Essence magazine discusses the film and motherhood in that issue. Also discussed is the fact that her son Massai is also featured in the film.

“Later this month, Nia Long is set to star in her latest role in Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club.” And to help celebrate its release, the gorgeous actress is gracing the cover of ESSENCE magazine’s April issue.

RELATED: Spike Lee Changes Tune About Tyler Perry

For the glossy’s feature, entitled “Nia In Charge,” the 43-year-old mother of two opens up on an array of topics, including callback jitters when her son Massai decided to audition for “Single Moms” as well.”

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How to Create Success On Your Own Terms

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Everyone has aspirations, things that they would like to achieve and things that they would like to possess, that will attribute to their overall happiness.

When going through hard times it may be difficult to imagine that life can be any better than what you are experiencing. That is when a vision board can come in handy. Many people who have success stories speak on the benefits of a vision board for their lives. Madame Noire highlights some of the ways to properly create a vision board. Will you be making one?


Quotes are a fabulous way to maintain your motivation when trying to get through life. Who knew that small phrases and sayings could be the fuel we need to keep trucking? Fill your vision board with inspirational quotes that will put a smile on your face whether things are going good or bad.

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A Day In The Life of MSNBC Star, Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall has a hectic schedule. That’s the life of a rising network star. Preparation is key to her success.

Uptown Magazine writer Sana Butler discusses what makes Hall tick and how she has become so successful.

It’s minutes before Tamron Hall steps onto the set of her MSNBC daytime show, NewsNation, and right now the host is on the hunt for printouts of the day’s top stories she’s been following since 9 a.m.: a gay Syrian blogger (which later was found to be an Internet hoax), the GOP primary debates, Los Angeles schools’ budget gap, and a D.C. serial rapist’s revived cold case. Her interviews are live. Her bulleted questions are ready. Hall is so well prepared that she even comfortably tweets five minutes before going on air about the upcoming Father’s Day segment: “Executive editor of People magazine on live, to discuss essay Pres. Obama wrote to fathers 2 p.m. ET.”

Then, a monkey wrench.

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WhatsApp Sales Means Major Payday for Employees

One of the major headlines following the announcement of the purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook was one of the founders going from food stamps to billionaire. A great headline without a doubt. Who doesn’t love a rags to riches story? This is not only the founders story but also the story for many of WhatsApp’s early employees.

MadameNoire discusses the sale and how WhatsApp staff members came into a great come up.

To say it was a good week at WhatsApp would be a major understatement! When Facebook purchased the messaging app for a whopping $16 billion (plus a possible $3 billion more), early employees got a great payday as well.

Facebook will pay the purchase amount with $12 billion in stock, $4 billion in cash, and $3 billion in stock grants for WhatsApp staff that will vest over the next four years, reports Business Insider.

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How to Properly Negotiate in Your Career



Are you getting the most out of your career? The most money, the best benefits, the most opportunities? Maybe you are longing for more. What are you doing about it? You may be thinking it is a good time to talk to your supervisor about a raise or promotion. With the economy still recovering you may be hesitant to make demands on strained purse strings.

Madame Noire offers a few steps to navigating a negotiation to your advantage.


If you want to be taken seriously then you need to know what you’re talking about. “Winging it” is not the best plan of action when it comes to negotiating. Do the proper leg work by researching the necessary facts and figures on what you plan to discuss.

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Ambassador for National Musuem of Afro American History and Culture Talks Grand Opening

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open their doors in 2015. In the meantime, the museum is promoting the museum opening with philanthropic help from ambassadors. An ambassador is someone who makes a donation to the museum and contributes to the goals of the museum opening.

Uptown Magazine highlights one such ambassador: Sparkle Joy Williams Capp.

NMAAHC Ambassadors Program:

What inspired her to join the Ambassadors Program: Growing up, I went to museum’s in DC all the time. While I enjoyed them, I never really appreciated them until I got older. Now that I live on the West Coast, I’ve really come to value the history I grew up witnessing in a way I was unable to appreciate before. Especially as we continue to diversify as a nation, it’s important to remember our history and I want to be a part of making that happen, both within my own family and the nation as a whole.

What she most looks forward to when the Museum opens: I’m excited to bring my kids and take a little walking tour of history!

Read more at Uptown Magazine