Get “Wise” With These 10 Motivational Quotes

In addition to being hump day, Wednesday is the perfect day to reflect on everything you have accomplished so far this week as well regroup as you plan to finish the week off with a bang. It is also the day that social media users encourage one another by sharing positive messages, inspirational quotes, and meaningful memes along with the hashtag #WednesdayWisdom.

Just in case you’re in need of an extra boost of encouragement, here’s a round-up of 10 motivational memes and tweets about business, happiness, life, and more.

 

Remember, you’re a brand

 

 

You have to start somewhere

 

 

See the bigger picture

 

 

Be resilient

 


 

You are the company you keep

 

 

Happiness and contentment go hand in hand

 

#WednesdayWisdom

 

Don’t over analyze

 


 

Always keep going

 

 

Maintain your dignity

 

 

Want more #WednesdayWisdom? Click here to see more positive messages on Twitter. Also, feel free to share your favorite #WednesdayWisdom post with us on Twitter @BlackEnterprise.

 


Selena HillSelena Hill is the Associate Digital Editor at Black Enterprise and the founder of Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can hear Hill and her team talk millennial politics and social issues every Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @MsSelenaHill.

‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny Opens Up About his New truTV Series

Prentice Penny

(Photo Credit: Justin Jackson/truTV)

Writer and producer Prentice Penny stars in the new lifestyle series Upscale with Prentice Penny, which premieres on truTV. Known for his work behind the scenes on award-winning comedy series such as Insecure, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Happy Endings, The Hustle, and Scrubs, the Hollywood showrunner is the creator and host of his latest venture.

The genesis of Upscale with Prentice Penny happened organically. Penny initially had no desire to be in front of the camera. But when Penny and his manager, who share a love for bourbon and barbecue, flew to Kansas City, rented an RV, and went on a two-week road adventure to tour various bourbon distilleries and barbecue eateries, the idea came up to film their expedition to create a YouTube series of fun-filled experiences.

Over the two-year period after their excursion, the idea snowballed into further creative discussions about forming a wide platform for what turned into a series of digital vignettes. Penny’s desire to share this project, coupled with the lifestyle shifts he was experiencing, grew into a discussion to create a broadcast series. One day, he said to his manager, “You never see people of color talk about champagne and wine and suits and cigars and travel bags on television.”

During a trip to Paris, Penny was further inspired by the many black people he saw there. “I never see anyone who looks like us or anyone who reflects our lifestyle on these programs,” he recalls telling his manager. “I only see Chef’s Table or Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. It’s always some middle-aged white guy who’s the decider of what you should learn and experience culturally.”

Although Penny aspired to live an upscale lifestyle, he admits that there was a time when he lacked the sophistication and simply was not exposed to some of the finer things in life. Penny also had many preconceived ideas and often placed limits on himself. He recalls the many times he went to a wine and spirits shop; whenever a staff person asked if he needed help, he would say, “no,” because like many other people in his position, he was afraid to ask questions and didn’t want to feel stupid.

On Upscale with Prentice Penny, he wants his audience to know that they don’t have to be an athlete, singer, rapper, or celebrity to upgrade the quality and condition of their lives. “We [black people] used to go to the tailor; we used to go to the butcher instead of buying our meats from the supermarket; we used to go to a shoe cobbler and get our shoes resoled,” he says. “We use to go to the local sandwich shops for cold cuts, instead of the franchise establishments that exist today.”

 

Penny says one of the best parts of taping the show is going out to the different communities and meeting with shop owners and experts to get a sense of the old-school way of doing things and the many benefits they offer in enriching the lives of his viewers.

Born and raised as an only child in the Windsor Hills section of Los Angeles, Penny’s parents divorced when he was a young child. After the divorce, his mother, Brenda Penny, went on to law school and his father kept long hours on the job. After school, Penny spent a great deal of time with his grandparents on both sides of his family. It was during that time in the ‘80s that Penny developed his love for television.

Penny says he comes from a family of natural-born comedians. “My family is a lot of fun, from my dad, my mom, my grandparents, my aunts, and uncles,” he says. “Comedy was always around the house. You had to be quick. Otherwise, you would get your feelings hurt.”

In his grandparents’ household, they routinely watched Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and various local news stations. Not interested in their selection of programs, Penny entertained himself by writing stories. But during the networks’ primetime comedy boom of the ‘70s and ‘80s, he would tune in to such shows as The Jeffersons, Diff’rent Strokes, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Family Ties, Facts of Life, and, like many kids his age, he would sneak off and watch Eddie Murphy’s concert film Delirious. “My dad is a big Richard Pryor fan,” he confesses. “He is an old-school dad. If he was watching it on television, I had to watch it or get out. So, he didn’t care about the language; he just knew that I better not and I knew better not to repeat it.”

 

Penny’s first gig in television was as a writer on Mara Brock Akil’s groundbreaking sitcom Girlfriends. A lot has changed in television since that time, and even more since the days of The Jeffersons and The Cosby Show, but Penny remains cautiously optimistic about opportunities for people of color in television. “I’ve been around long enough to witness the trends in television,” he explains. “I hope the reign of black shows continues. We now have more platforms in the broadcast and digital space to tell our stories.”

This month, Penny begins filming the second season of Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore’s critically acclaimed HBO hit comedy series Insecure. Looking ahead, Penny has a few more projects in development under his production company, A Penny for Your Thoughts, including a family movie he describes as a dramedy. He also has a deal with HBO.

As a new face on the small screen, Penny doesn’t know exactly what to expect or how Upscale with Prentice Penny will potentially change his life. Feeling grateful and blessed, he plans to continue riding this wave of success and explore the new possibilities that come with it.

 

 

 


Gwendolyn Quinn is an award-winning media consultant with a career spanning more than 25 years. She is a contributor to BlackEnterprise.com and BE Pulse (via Medium.com), Huffington Post and EURWEB.com. Quinn is also a contributor to Souls Revealed and Handle Your Entertainment Business.

 

Dr. Cecil Gordon on Becoming the First Black Director of the USA Swimming Foundation

USA Swimming Foundation

Last week, the USA Swimming Foundation announced that Dr. Cecil Gordon, an obstetrics doctor based in Wilmington, Delaware, made history, as the organization’s first African American member to serve on its board of directors.

Gordon, who is a longtime USA Swimming official, served as a starter officiate during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. According to the USA Swimming Foundation, he has officiated three previous U.S. Olympic Team Trials and several high-level international meets including the 2015 FINA Championships in Kazan, Russia. The volunteer has also officiated many U.S. National Championships and Open Water Trials. Recently, he served as chair of the Safe Sport and National Diversity Inclusion Committees.

Through his directorship, Gordon’s goal is to add more diversity to the swimming pools and encourage more people to learn how to swim and reap the benefits of the sport. After stating that he is “absolutely thrilled” to have been selected as a director, Gordon stressed the importance of swimming in an email interview with BlackEnterprise.com.

“In this country, ten people drown daily. Most of this tragic loss of life occurs simply because the victim has never learned to swim,” he said. “The minority community is disproportionately represented in far too many of these preventable deaths.”

A recent study commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation and conducted by the University of Memphis found that nearly 70% of African American children and nearly 60% of Hispanic children have low or no swim ability, compared to 40% of Caucasians, putting them at a higher risk for drowning.

“I welcome the opportunity to work to improve those numbers,” Gordon said.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that, between 2011 and 2013, the annual average number of drowning deaths of children aged 0-14 in pools was 390. In 2014, Florida and California had the most drowning deaths of children younger than 15, with 50 and 36, respectively, and 75% of those deaths occurred at a residence. The study also found that African American kids between the ages of five to 19 are five and a half times more likely to drown in a pool than white children within the same age range.

Gordon noted that these stats are why everyone should learn to swim.“Swimming is the only sport which is also a lifesaving skill,” he said. “It’s a life skill which a person can continue to enjoy for the duration of his/her life.”

He added that the benefits of exercise and improved health, which result from swimming regularly, is another vital reason to learn. Anyone interested can attend a local USA Swimming Club or local YMCA. The main thing Gordon noted was the importance of remaining committed to it.“It is essential,” he said.

On adding more diversity to the swimming pools, Gordon stated that it is vital to obtain it at all levels. “In the world of swimming, where diversity has been absent historically, increasing diversity introduces the sport to a new pool of potential talent. In the most recent two Olympics, we have seen athletes of color start to make their marks in swimming and in gymnastics,” he said. “However, in order for swimming to fully appreciate the benefits of diversity, it must be attained at every level of the sport[…] the board, the staff, the coaches, the athletes, and the local volunteers.”

Gordon joins eight other directors of the USA Swimming Foundation. The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, a 400,000-member service organization. Established in 2004, the USA Swimming Foundation prides itself on saving lives by equipping children with the skill of swimming and provides financial support to the U.S. National Team.

Dr. Cecil Gordon on Becoming the First Black Director of the USA Swimming Foundation

USA Swimming Foundation

Last week, the USA Swimming Foundation announced that Dr. Cecil Gordon, an obstetrics doctor based in Wilmington, Delaware, made history, as the organization’s first African American member to serve on its board of directors.

Gordon, who is a longtime USA Swimming official, served as a starter officiate during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. According to the USA Swimming Foundation, he has officiated three previous U.S. Olympic Team Trials and several high-level international meets including the 2015 FINA Championships in Kazan, Russia. The volunteer has also officiated many U.S. National Championships and Open Water Trials. Recently, he served as chair of the Safe Sport and National Diversity Inclusion Committees.

Through his directorship, Gordon’s goal is to add more diversity to the swimming pools and encourage more people to learn how to swim and reap the benefits of the sport. After stating that he is “absolutely thrilled” to have been selected as a director, Gordon stressed the importance of swimming in an email interview with BlackEnterprise.com.

“In this country, ten people drown daily. Most of this tragic loss of life occurs simply because the victim has never learned to swim,” he said. “The minority community is disproportionately represented in far too many of these preventable deaths.”

A recent study commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation and conducted by the University of Memphis found that nearly 70% of African American children and nearly 60% of Hispanic children have low or no swim ability, compared to 40% of Caucasians, putting them at a higher risk for drowning.

“I welcome the opportunity to work to improve those numbers,” Gordon said.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that, between 2011 and 2013, the annual average number of drowning deaths of children aged 0-14 in pools was 390. In 2014, Florida and California had the most drowning deaths of children younger than 15, with 50 and 36, respectively, and 75% of those deaths occurred at a residence. The study also found that African American kids between the ages of five to 19 are five and a half times more likely to drown in a pool than white children within the same age range.

Gordon noted that these stats are why everyone should learn to swim.“Swimming is the only sport which is also a lifesaving skill,” he said. “It’s a life skill which a person can continue to enjoy for the duration of his/her life.”

He added that the benefits of exercise and improved health, which result from swimming regularly, is another vital reason to learn. Anyone interested can attend a local USA Swimming Club or local YMCA. The main thing Gordon noted was the importance of remaining committed to it.“It is essential,” he said.

On adding more diversity to the swimming pools, Gordon stated that it is vital to obtain it at all levels. “In the world of swimming, where diversity has been absent historically, increasing diversity introduces the sport to a new pool of potential talent. In the most recent two Olympics, we have seen athletes of color start to make their marks in swimming and in gymnastics,” he said. “However, in order for swimming to fully appreciate the benefits of diversity, it must be attained at every level of the sport[…] the board, the staff, the coaches, the athletes, and the local volunteers.”

Gordon joins eight other directors of the USA Swimming Foundation. The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, a 400,000-member service organization. Established in 2004, the USA Swimming Foundation prides itself on saving lives by equipping children with the skill of swimming and provides financial support to the U.S. National Team.

3 Tips to Live a Happy, Whole, and Successful Life

successful life

“Always show up as your authentic self.”  

As a resilience strategist and “The Life Detox Coach,” I hear that statement often. As a matter of fact, you will hear it frequently in the life coaching industry. Even I’m guilty of repeating this all too familiar phrase to clients, because what it implies is true; showing up as the real you will always be the best way to go, no matter what circumstance or situation you may find yourself in. However—let’s be real—there are times when it probably won’t be beneficial to you or others if you show up “authentically,” like during instances when you know being authentic will be hurtful.

Regardless of the implication, who doesn’t really want to show up as themselves? Who wakes up in the morning and says, “Today I’m going to be _____”?  Because, every moment you don’t experience as the real you, is a moment you don’t get back. In fact, in this age where “first impressions are lasting impressions,” there may not be any do-overs. 

Showing up as your authentic self is critical, especially in the realm of business, and it becomes even more vital if you are dealing with emotional clutter from the past. Emotional clutter can include past hurt, disappointment, neglect, abuse, and so on, and it can cause you to display toxic behaviors contrary to who you really are, thus thwarting your chances of happiness and success.  

So, what exactly is clutter from the past, and, more importantly, how do you rid yourself of it?  

In my coaching business, I help clients recognize how their current behavior could be influenced by their past experiences. For instance, the practice of not speaking up in a meeting when you have valuable information to share could stem from a previous experience where you were shunned after sharing your thoughts. As a result, you don’t think your opinion will be “good enough,” thus instead of speaking up, you go along to get along, forfeiting what you have to offer.  

Each time you allow a negative experience from your past to dictate your present, you eliminate the opportunity for others to experience who you really are, and what you’re capable of. You also run the risk of reinforcing a behavior that will keep you stuck.  

Below are three questions to ask, when recognizing emotional clutter from the past:

 

1. Do you continually practice the “toxic trifecta” (toxic thinking, toxic speaking, and toxic relationships)?  

 

Change what you’re thinking.  Replace your negative thoughts with more powerful affirming thoughts. Reevaluate relationships in your life, and determine if the people you associate with add value to your life.

 

2. Do you often say “yes” when you mean “no,” taking on tasks or projects you don’t want?

 

Check your heart. If your heart isn’t in it—don’t do it.

 

3. Do you put yourself down or speak disempowering words about yourself?

 

This is a self-esteem issue.  When you find yourself practicing this behavior, repeat affirmations that build will yourself up.

 

Growing up in a home where I witnessed violence against my mother left behind the clutter of low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and feelings of inferiority.  As a young adult, I often found myself in situations where I practiced the “toxic trifecta.” But, once I realized I had experienced something life altering, I took the necessary steps to eliminate any behavior that kept me stuck.  

Trust me, showing up as your authentic self does more than just allow others to experience the real you—it will also lead to a more fulfilling, happy, and successful life.

 

 


This article was written by The BOSS Network Featured Blogger Sylvia Duncan.

Sylvia Duncan, “The Life Detox Coach,” author and speaker, offers a series of life-changing programs that helps people clear the clutter from their past and live with resilience, a life that’s happy and whole.  

Learn more about Sylvia Duncan by visiting her website at  www.sylviaduncan.com

Follow Sylvia on Twitter @LifeDetoxCoach

3 Tips to Live a Happy, Whole, and Successful Life

successful life

“Always show up as your authentic self.”  

As a resilience strategist and “The Life Detox Coach,” I hear that statement often. As a matter of fact, you will hear it frequently in the life coaching industry. Even I’m guilty of repeating this all too familiar phrase to clients, because what it implies is true; showing up as the real you will always be the best way to go, no matter what circumstance or situation you may find yourself in. However—let’s be real—there are times when it probably won’t be beneficial to you or others if you show up “authentically,” like during instances when you know being authentic will be hurtful.

Regardless of the implication, who doesn’t really want to show up as themselves? Who wakes up in the morning and says, “Today I’m going to be _____”?  Because, every moment you don’t experience as the real you, is a moment you don’t get back. In fact, in this age where “first impressions are lasting impressions,” there may not be any do-overs. 

Showing up as your authentic self is critical, especially in the realm of business, and it becomes even more vital if you are dealing with emotional clutter from the past. Emotional clutter can include past hurt, disappointment, neglect, abuse, and so on, and it can cause you to display toxic behaviors contrary to who you really are, thus thwarting your chances of happiness and success.  

So, what exactly is clutter from the past, and, more importantly, how do you rid yourself of it?  

In my coaching business, I help clients recognize how their current behavior could be influenced by their past experiences. For instance, the practice of not speaking up in a meeting when you have valuable information to share could stem from a previous experience where you were shunned after sharing your thoughts. As a result, you don’t think your opinion will be “good enough,” thus instead of speaking up, you go along to get along, forfeiting what you have to offer.  

Each time you allow a negative experience from your past to dictate your present, you eliminate the opportunity for others to experience who you really are, and what you’re capable of. You also run the risk of reinforcing a behavior that will keep you stuck.  

Below are three questions to ask, when recognizing emotional clutter from the past:

 

1. Do you continually practice the “toxic trifecta” (toxic thinking, toxic speaking, and toxic relationships)?  

 

Change what you’re thinking.  Replace your negative thoughts with more powerful affirming thoughts. Reevaluate relationships in your life, and determine if the people you associate with add value to your life.

 

2. Do you often say “yes” when you mean “no,” taking on tasks or projects you don’t want?

 

Check your heart. If your heart isn’t in it—don’t do it.

 

3. Do you put yourself down or speak disempowering words about yourself?

 

This is a self-esteem issue.  When you find yourself practicing this behavior, repeat affirmations that build will yourself up.

 

Growing up in a home where I witnessed violence against my mother left behind the clutter of low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and feelings of inferiority.  As a young adult, I often found myself in situations where I practiced the “toxic trifecta.” But, once I realized I had experienced something life altering, I took the necessary steps to eliminate any behavior that kept me stuck.  

Trust me, showing up as your authentic self does more than just allow others to experience the real you—it will also lead to a more fulfilling, happy, and successful life.

 

 


This article was written by The BOSS Network Featured Blogger Sylvia Duncan.

Sylvia Duncan, “The Life Detox Coach,” author and speaker, offers a series of life-changing programs that helps people clear the clutter from their past and live with resilience, a life that’s happy and whole.  

Learn more about Sylvia Duncan by visiting her website at  www.sylviaduncan.com

Follow Sylvia on Twitter @LifeDetoxCoach

3 Tips to Live a Happy, Whole, and Successful Life

successful life

“Always show up as your authentic self.”  

As a resilience strategist and “The Life Detox Coach,” I hear that statement often. As a matter of fact, you will hear it frequently in the life coaching industry. Even I’m guilty of repeating this all too familiar phrase to clients, because what it implies is true; showing up as the real you will always be the best way to go, no matter what circumstance or situation you may find yourself in. However—let’s be real—there are times when it probably won’t be beneficial to you or others if you show up “authentically,” like during instances when you know being authentic will be hurtful.

Regardless of the implication, who doesn’t really want to show up as themselves? Who wakes up in the morning and says, “Today I’m going to be _____”?  Because, every moment you don’t experience as the real you, is a moment you don’t get back. In fact, in this age where “first impressions are lasting impressions,” there may not be any do-overs. 

Showing up as your authentic self is critical, especially in the realm of business, and it becomes even more vital if you are dealing with emotional clutter from the past. Emotional clutter can include past hurt, disappointment, neglect, abuse, and so on, and it can cause you to display toxic behaviors contrary to who you really are, thus thwarting your chances of happiness and success.  

So, what exactly is clutter from the past, and, more importantly, how do you rid yourself of it?  

In my coaching business, I help clients recognize how their current behavior could be influenced by their past experiences. For instance, the practice of not speaking up in a meeting when you have valuable information to share could stem from a previous experience where you were shunned after sharing your thoughts. As a result, you don’t think your opinion will be “good enough,” thus instead of speaking up, you go along to get along, forfeiting what you have to offer.  

Each time you allow a negative experience from your past to dictate your present, you eliminate the opportunity for others to experience who you really are, and what you’re capable of. You also run the risk of reinforcing a behavior that will keep you stuck.  

Below are three questions to ask, when recognizing emotional clutter from the past:

 

1. Do you continually practice the “toxic trifecta” (toxic thinking, toxic speaking, and toxic relationships)?  

 

Change what you’re thinking.  Replace your negative thoughts with more powerful affirming thoughts. Reevaluate relationships in your life, and determine if the people you associate with add value to your life.

 

2. Do you often say “yes” when you mean “no,” taking on tasks or projects you don’t want?

 

Check your heart. If your heart isn’t in it—don’t do it.

 

3. Do you put yourself down or speak disempowering words about yourself?

 

This is a self-esteem issue.  When you find yourself practicing this behavior, repeat affirmations that build will yourself up.

 

Growing up in a home where I witnessed violence against my mother left behind the clutter of low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and feelings of inferiority.  As a young adult, I often found myself in situations where I practiced the “toxic trifecta.” But, once I realized I had experienced something life altering, I took the necessary steps to eliminate any behavior that kept me stuck.  

Trust me, showing up as your authentic self does more than just allow others to experience the real you—it will also lead to a more fulfilling, happy, and successful life.

 

 


This article was written by The BOSS Network Featured Blogger Sylvia Duncan.

Sylvia Duncan, “The Life Detox Coach,” author and speaker, offers a series of life-changing programs that helps people clear the clutter from their past and live with resilience, a life that’s happy and whole.  

Learn more about Sylvia Duncan by visiting her website at  www.sylviaduncan.com

Follow Sylvia on Twitter @LifeDetoxCoach

BE Luxury: 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

C300 Coupe (2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe)

 

At the northeastern tip of the United States lies idyllic Maine, a state known for lighthouses, wonderful small towns, and lobster. Yes, Homarus Americanus is a “to die for” gift from the deep seas of the North Atlantic. It was in Portland, Maine that Mercedes-Benz held the media launch for the newest coupe to the family, the 2017 C300.

The new C300 Coupe is a ground-up build on perfection. Lightweight construction to reduce weight; excellent aerodynamics; and a dynamically configured chassis, form the basis for a high level of driving pleasure.

Choose your 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe in rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4MATIC all-wheel drive (AWD) guise. AWD versions command a $2,000 premium over the RWD’s base price of $42,650. Both chassis configurations feature handling limits well above the everyday abilities of the average driver, so why not choose the safety and enhanced traction of the 4MATIC version? It may not snow or ice up in your part of the U.S., but it rains everywhere, and 4MATIC’s traction bonus is just that—a bonus.

Both trim levels feature a 241 horsepower, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine; mated to a quick-shifting, seven-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. Plant your right foot, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe moves out with alacrity. Zero to 60 mph clicks off in an impressive 5.9 seconds.

Our tester was outfitted with the optional AIRMATIC air suspension—an electronically controlled, continuously adjustable damping system that lets you select your desired driving style.  The “Dynamic Select” switch allows you to choose from five driving modes, all with unique driving parameters. We spent most of our time carving up roads in “Sport” mode and found the C300 4MATIC’s handling near neutral and overall a blast to drive. Nothing could throw the C300 Coupe out of kilter, not even an unexpected road undulation in a sweeping corner at high speed.

NonAIRMATIC-equipped cars also share in the handling fun. Base underpinnings front and rear include an independent multi-link suspension with coil springs, single-tube shock absorbers, and a torsion bar. Again, road imperfections, like washboard surfaces, do little to unravel the car’s rock-steady persona.

 

(2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe)

 

As expected in any Mercedes-Benz, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe provides many standard safety systems. Much of the safety technology that you find in today’s Mercedes-Benz automobiles is tested at very high levels, including Formula 1 racing.

C300 Coupe interior fit and finish standards are first-rate. Start the C300 Coupe, and seatbelt “presenters” deploy to ensure this lifesaving feature is easy to access. Well-bolstered seats coddle you when needed, yet hold you fast during performance driving. Grasp the thick, flat-bottom leather steering wheel, peer out of the windshield, and witness the long hood that houses Mercedes’ iconic three-pointed star emblem. Look below the windshield, and your attention shifts to the center console, which features an available 8.4-inch fixed display to adjust many vehicle features. Available 13-speaker Burmester audio can either soothe your soul or thump your body, depending on how deeply you delve into the system’s 590 watts of power.

Prices for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe begin at $42,650 and reach into the high $50s fully optioned. Is this too much to pay for what is still considered an entry-level Benz? Perhaps. But drive it before you cast judgment. Our money says the smile on your face after you drive it is because the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe is the small performance car you’ve always wanted to buy.

For more on the stellar C300 Coupe, visit www.mbusa.com

 

 

 


BE’s automotive expert Brian Armstead has been involved in print, radio, and television for over 41 years. He is President Emeritus of the Washington Automotive Press Association and has covered the auto industry from 68 different countries. Got a new car question? Reach out to Brian at autosense@comcast.net, or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @roadgearsun

 

In Case You Missed It: Powerful Reads That Will Help You Recharge This Weekend

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A great way to recharge after a long week is with a few good reads that can help you refresh and refocus. Here’s a round-up of enriching content recently published on BlackEnterprise.com that will prepare you for whatever challenges may come your way next week.

 

5 Steps to Rebuild Your Confidence and Get Stuff Done

 

Are you struggling to boost your energy and passion for life? Discover how to overcome confidence traps by building strong habits and routines.

 

confidence (Image: iStock.com/PeopleImages)

 

Successful entrepreneurs have learned how to use effective techniques to continuously build and rebuild confidence, in order to achieve their goals.

Click here to read more.

 


 

On International Day of Happiness, Here’s How to Wake Up Happy Like Michael Strahan

 

The former NFL player shares why being successful wasn’t enough to put a smile on his face.

 

Michael Strahan (Image: Twitter/MichaelStrahan)

 

On this International Day of Happiness, we’re taking inspiration from Michael Strahan, who literally wrote the book on how to wake up happy.

Click here to read more.

 


 

One Secret to Being a Powerful Woman? Being More Open

 

The message was clear at the 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit.

(Image: Executive Managing Editor Alisa Gumbs at the Grand Canyon after the Women of Power Summit)

 

At the 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, this message was clear: being more open is one of the secrets of claiming your power.

Click here to read more.

 


 

Nurse Alice: The Noise that Helps You Sleep Better

 

This may be the cure to your sleepless nights.

 

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You’ve heard that white noise can help you fall asleep faster and snooze more soundly, but according to science, pink noise may be even better.

Click here to read more.


5 Pick Me Ups for the Stressed Out Business Owner

 

The best way for an entrepreneur to relax.

 

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The life of a business owner is one heck of an emotional ride, filled with really high highs and really low lows. Here are a few great pick-me-ups.

Click here to read more.

Nurse Alice: The Noise that Helps You Sleep Better

pink noise

You’ve tried just about everything but with work, school, kids, a busy schedule, and LIFE happening, it’s hard to get enough time to sleep. Or maybe you found enough time to sleep but you still wake up tired. Don’t throw in the towel just yet.

You’ve heard that white noise can help you fall asleep faster and snooze sounder. The National Sleep Foundation recommends it for people who have trouble sleeping. But according to science, pink noise may be the new white noise.

Pink noise is a mix of high and low frequencies that sounds more balanced and natural than white noise. Examples of this include rain falling on pavement or wind rustling the leaves on a tree. It’s called pink noise because light with a similar power spectrum would appear pink.

And according to new research published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, pink noise just might be the secret to better sleep and improved memory.

In the small recent study, Northwestern University researchers invited adults to spend some time in a sleep lab. Both nights, the participants took a memory test, went to bed wearing headphones and an electrode cap, and retook the memory test when they woke up.

One of the nights no noise played through the participants’ headphones. On the other night, however, pink noise was played in short bursts. These spurts were timed to match the slow, deep-sleep waves emitted by the participants’ brains and detected by their electrode caps.

When participants slept with pink noise playing, their slow-wave sleep oscillations increased, meaning they experienced more periods of deeper sleep. After a night with pink noise, participants also performed up to three times better on the morning-after memory test than they did after sleeping in silence.

These new findings back those from previous studies, which similarly found that pink noise increased slow-wave sleep oscillations and improved memory.
Try PINK NOISE…. You have nothing to lose and only sleep to gain.

 

 

 


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Nurse Alice is a nationally board-certified and award-winning cardiac clinical nurse specialist with nearly two decades of experience in cardiovascular health. She is a community health activist and freelance media health expert. She has appeared on various national radio and TV shows including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, News One with Roland Martin, Tom Joyner Morning Show and more. She is also the author of “Curb Your Cravings: 31 Foods to Fool Your Appetite.”

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