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Biggie Smalls Gets His Street, Jay Z first rapper Worth a Billion [What’s The 411 Quick Takes]

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Serena Williams first female athlete on Forbes' list of Richest Self-Made Women; Odd couple AOC and Ted Cruz collaborate on legislation

In this episode of What’s The 411’s Quick Takes, award-winning journalist, Kizzy Cox, and comedian, Onika McLean, are talking about:

Jordyn Woods:

The reality TV personality, Jordyn Woods, seems to be bouncing back very nicely since the Tristan Thompson debacle. Woods is set to guest-star on Season 2 of Freeform’s television series grown-ish. One door closes another one opens.

Lamar Odom

Former NBA basketball player, Lamar Odom, who used to be married to Khloe Kardashian, has had some dark times in his life, and his tell-all book, Darkness to Light is causing an uproar and making Khloe very uncomfortable because he’s telling secrets.

Amazon’s Alexa is a Babysitter?

A recent survey by found that one in five parents said they would trust their children with Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa, in their absence.

Magid Magid

Britain’s coolest mayor is now a Member of the European Parliament. Magid Magid, who was born in Somalia and came to Britain at age 5, was the youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield in Britain.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, Magid is not a fan of Donald Trump and has branded him a “Wasteman.” Magid has also stood in solidarity with Mexicans in his town of Sheffield, and similar to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in style, Magid is now looking to turn the tide of history in the European Parliament.

The Notorious B.I.G Gets His Street

Biggie, Biggie, Biggie! The Notorious B.I.G., whose birth name is Christopher Wallace, has a huge mural on the side of a building in Brooklyn and now he will finally get a street named after him. St. James Place between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn will be named, "Christopher Wallace Way” at a ceremony on June 10.

Jay-Z, the Billionaire

Rapper and entrepreneur, Jay Z, is the first hip-hop artist to make it to billionaire status.

Serena Williams Makes a Forbes List

Congratulations to Serena Williams! Legendary tennis star and new mother, Serena Williams, is the first female athlete on Forbes' list of Richest Self-Made Women

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ted Cruz

Who would have thought that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would ever agree to work together? Well, Senator Cruz reached out to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter to gauge her interest on co-sponsoring legislation to create a lifetime ban on Members of Congress serving as paid lobbyists once they have left office. When Ocasio-Cortez realized Cruz was serious, she agreed to work with him on the legislation.

Dr. Yvonne Thompson, CBE; U.S. Book Tour for 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards Hits Brooklyn

Dr. Yvonne Thompson, CBE; stops in Brooklyn, NY to talk with What's The 411TV about her new book, 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards

Dr. Yvonne Thompson, CBE, was born into a family of entrepreneurial parents who left the Caribbean and immigrated to England at the request of Queen Elizabeth to help rebuild England after the war. Dr. Thompson arrived in England as an elementary school student and came of age during a time when racism was legal in England; John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States and assassinated; freedom fighter Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and was assassinated, as well as, Robert F. Kennedy. These events could have dimmed her spirits, but they were countered with man landing on the moon. This one act helped to develop Dr. Thompson's entrepreneurial spirit and propelled her thinking that she could do anything.

At her first job at CBS Records, Dr. Thompson realized quickly that she would not escalate up the corporate ladder as quickly as she would like. Consequently, she started her own company, which was the first black public relations company in the UK. Dr. Thompson was also the editor of the first black glossy magazine in the UK; and a founding director of the U.K.'s first black-formatted radio station, Legal Choice FM. As a director of Legal Choice FM, Dr. Thompson was the lone female voice on a board with nine men. Although people advised her not to invest her money in a "pirate radio station," Dr. Thompson made the investment and looks back with pride because it was a wise investment and the black music played by Legal Choice FM helped to change the culture of the UK for the better.

Despite the financial and cultural success of Dr Thompson's investment in Legal Choice FM, being the lone female voice on a board with nine men was not a walk in the park.

"It was a struggle to have my voice heard," Dr. Thompson stated. "It was a struggle for me to come in and work with nine men who...nine men who thought they knew it all."

Through this experience, of working with nine men who thought they knew it all, she realized that there must be other women with common experiences, so Dr. Thompson decided to write the book, 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards to share her experience, strategies, tips, advice, her challenges, and how to overcome them.

In the process, to make the book, 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards, multi-dimensional, Dr. Thompson interviewed 22 women on other boards including one woman who for the first 40 years of her life lived as a man.

The result is a highly informative guide to navigating the dynamics of human behavior; 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards reads like a businessperson's novel, and the book includes its methodology and space to take notes. 

Lastly, and hugely important, 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards, shows how one can arrive in the UK as an immigrant and be honored by the Queen because of one's contributions for the greater good.

Bravo, Dr. Yvonne Thompson, CBE, bravo!

Much continued success to you.


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