5 Things I Have Learned from Owning a Small Business (College Edition)

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As a college student owning a small business things can get pretty hectic. I mean the balance between mid-terms along with finals and creating a new collection and gathering the new art and paying folks on time…sounds easier said than done. But there are some things that this small clothing brand owner has learned over the years.

  1. Using What You Learn in Class towards Business

Due to me being a mass communications major and a psychology minor I learn a few things that I put towards my business. For example utilizing thirty seconds and at times keeping things simple to show off a bigger picture….if you get what I am saying. For example, the pop up shop event that my brand hosted I utilized simple colors and a simple background for the flyer instead of clogging it up with unnecessary things. Due to me learning in my psychology class that you if you give the mind too much to look at it will stop paying attention and move on to something else. Along with learning in my mass communications class if you present something that has too much going on the public will not know what you are promoting. (Oh and yea that was my event in the featured image section)

2. Utilizing your University

Being a student you meet many…..many….many…many….many people (plus my school is beside another HBCU) so I know a lot of other students. Which means I have nothing but talent around me and other African Americans who have the ambition to work hards for their ending goals in life. So when it comes to art I will see if a student can do it or when I need pictures taken I’ll try to find someone on campus who does photography. Majority of the time if the person is just starting out they may charge you (small fee) or run you the free ninety nine special. No matter what it is you will feel better helping someone out and building them while they help build you.

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3. Your Campus Is Your Support System (No Matter if you Mess up)

When I became an official student of Claflin University I did not know what to think when it came to my business due to it being based so heavily in Charlotte, North Carolina but…..after a few conversations with some students who have some social pull within my school. The whole campus opened their arms to my business and said “come on it there is more than enough room for you” so that is when my brand began to get invited to show in events on campus. Overall, folks wanted to buy my stuff. My campus became my major support system along with one of my biggest marketing tools….like let’s not forget everyone is going home with my stuff and when they wear it hope their friends are asking where they got it from….but I cannot tell y’all all of the secrets.

4. Knowing How to Budget that Small Bit Of Money

So as college students for funds at some point may be slow! Even though I have some income streams there has been times when….something was not adding up money wise. With that money I am receiving I am able to still have the nights where I want to eat some unhealthy Cook Out but still be able to pay the monthly fee for my website among other things such as restocking on shirts and hats. I have had to scale back and eat majority of my meals in the cafe and not once step foot off campus to a fast food…all in sacrifice for my small business.

5. Friends Will Help You No Matter What

Do I hear free volunteer work and creative advice? Yes, I do. My close group of friends help me out more ways than one. They even purchase everything that they own of mine and never ask for anything for free. Along with if I send them an idea they will tell me in the most blunt way…..”Travis that is ugly we need something better.” Due to the fact of they all have creative minds like me. If you do not have that within your group of friends there is someone who can give you advice. Along with any events I work they are more than willing to help me run my table at no charge….or they may just want some food or a simple milkshake. Your real friends will help and support you with anything just make sure you do the same for them.

Overall, my experience with owning my business has been quite positive. There are days where things do not look the best but I know that I can and will turn it around and make it something amazing! So for all of my college students it may seem difficult to own a business and be a college student but once you get things down packed and know what you are doing things will become second nature. Stay blessed!

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Drake Has Released The Video for “HotLine Bling” (I Dig It)

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On the night of October 19th, 2015 Drake released the visual for the #2 song in the country “HotLine Bling”. Aside from the amazing women and the slight caribbean dancing at the end the video is something serious. Wasn’t too much going on like I thought there was going to be. All he had was some colorful lighting and a pretty much a box he was in and called it a video. Overall I give the video 9.5 distracting Drake hand motions out of 10. Now…I do enjoy Drake’s music but to me he is another Kanye when it comes to dancing like they try to dance and they feel the music but it doesn’t show just the way it should. I digress he can do that he has the money and the power I am just a little o’l blogger trying to get his 4-year degree. Here is the video (Click on the GIF):

Now, for my sneaker heads who are wondering where you can cop those Nike ACG Manoa Drizzy Drake had on they can be found on Foot Locker’s website. In my oh so cool technical savy way I have attached the link to the picture and it will take you right to the page to purchase them. I just might cop a pair these are in my budget.

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Nike ACG Manoa – Men’s

 

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P.S: Thank you Complex.com for the shoe find and video link GIF. 

The VMA Mess Has Sunk In (For Me) #ClapBackSeason

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Now I know it has been a few days since the Video Music Awards but I still have to give my opinion. I am a college kid so I stay busy….BUT HERE I GO!!!

First let me start with Miley Cyrus who was the host. I mean no harm and I do not mean to offend anyone or her but….I DID NOT ENJOY HER AS A HOST!!! Now as a person miley-cyrus-vmas-inline[1]she is great and her music I do enjoy but as a host not so much. I mean let’s be serious we know Miley as a Disney star gone wrong in almost a positive way as if she branded herself into a new person even though we know where she started…Hannah Montana. Now her performance to me was kind of expected. I knew it was going to be something outrageous so that was nothing new to me. But overall she is cool but as a host she….IS NOT!!!

Kanye West is running for president in 2020. Along with him announcing that he also pretty much bashed MTV for flawing his image with the whole him getting on stage and stealing Taylor Swift’s shine. Now him running for president sounds pretty cool to watch if he really does because…What political party will he be tied to?kanye-prez[1]

Rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Taylor Swift made up after their little Twitter beef or whatever you want to call it going on as they performed together. Which was fun to watch nothing special there.

Now time for the biggest thing that happen….NICKI MINAJ WHEN SHE FLAMED MILEY CYRUS FOR RUNNING THAT MOUTH!!! I laughed for one whole hour and kept replaying it because Miley did not know how to reply back to Nicki. Now if you did not know what Miley said before the VMA’s she said to a New York Times reporter:

“People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way. If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it. […] If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: ‘This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.I know you can make it seem like, ‘Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world… But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose. What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about.”

So of course with that Nicki Minaj felt the need to address it on the VMA’s with her acceptance for winning best hip-hop for “Anaconda.” Everyone was thanked including her pastor and then she said:

“And now back to this b— that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” Minaj snapped. “Miley, what’s good?!”

After those words parted her lips #ClapBackSeason began. Miley replied back by saying:

“Hey, we’re all in this industry, we all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate s—,” she replied. “Nicki, congratulations.”

With Cyrus saying that her mic has already been cut off and she was saying:

“Don’t play with me, b—- …don’t play with me.”

Real or fake it made my night.

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A$AP Rocky The Who Stays Who Goes Judge Of Fashion? Possibly.

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“I ain’t fuckin’ with that Been Trill swear them niggas booty like Tip Drill” and “HBA shit is weak, you can keep that” (which he said twice he must be pissed with them) are lyrics rapped on A$AP Rocky’s Multiply track featuring Juicy J. With those lyrics it coins the question does A$AP Rocky have the say so with who stays and who goes when it comes to fashion? Some say yes others say no. My honest opinion since this is #TravisSpeaks I say yes he does have the power due to his strong force within fashion when it comes to bringing some brands and designers to the forefront for example Raf Simmons and Rick Owens. Let me put this in perspective in 2011 when his debut mixtape Live Love A$AP was released a close relationship was being made with designer Jeremy Scott (one of my favorites) from seeing a pair of Jeremy Scott for Adidas sneakers in his Out of This World music video and even mentioning him within the song while listing a list of designers/brands to doing an interview together for Complex to releasing a sneaker together for Adidas. On top of that Jeremy and Rocky having a moment while having a mini documentary SVDDXNLY by Noisey. So would you say he gave Jeremy Scott his big break? Even though I knew of Jeremy Scott before Rocky not too many other people did until he wore a pair of his sneakers and clothing. Now on to the slight diss by A$AP saying those lyrics he started a small revolution against the brands to where folks have started burning their Been Trill and HBA (Hood By Air) clothing. HYPEBEAST?!?!?! Very much so. But that’s none of my business. The lingering questions from the lyrics would be “What credit is he speaking of?” and “Didn’t those brands give him his start?” “Didn’t they give each other a big start?” Here are my answers to these questions if I was asked about the topic. These are my opinions *Uses interview voice*:

–  What credit is he speaking of? The credit I think he is speaking of is how it was almost not recognized by these brands that they had a big artist like him endorsing their brand. Maybe a collection devoted to him.

 – Didn’t those brand give him his start? They made him a bigger artist within fashion rather than musically. 

– Didn’t they give each other a big start? Once again within fashion they made him bigger but with the brands he slightly did make them more prominent. 

Overall I say A$AP is doing his thing when it comes to fashion he is a big piece of real estate when it comes to brands when he wears it others follow within the urban fashion community so maybe he is the judge and jury. Cause he did say in this lyrics “I’m the motherf*ckin’ Lord of this fashion shit
Don’t I deserve just to brag a bit?
Set the blueprint, fuck your two cents
Number 1 stunner, ask Tumblr if I’m accurate
My motherfuckin’ swag is immaculate”

With that being said here is a video by one of my favorite magazines and website Complex with more information:

 

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#BEEN TRILL#’s New Collection….Will it sell out?

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Virgil Abloh and Matt Williams are always re-creating the brand #Been Trill# every time the fashion world thinks it has it figured out but….NEVER THAT!!! They’ve flipped on us once again. The brand has released its lookbook for it’s newest collection and I just may buy some of it. The shots were taken within a studio along with some taken in nature as some of the eggheads call it but I say outside (I don’t like bugs). The pieces that were shot are for sell on the #Been Trill# website at prices that I thought would be a higher but I’m not complaining of course. You’ll see some familiar things such as the ChiefKeef & Glory Boyz collab but with some fresh new looks such as one of the tees that have “Eternal Entropy” that’s across the back, with some other text that may remind some of you of an older version of Microsoft. Like I said before maybe I’ll get some of the gear reason being Been Trill has really turned Urban style/fashion into something that’s quite interesting and really thrives off of simple pieces such as t-shirts and hoodies. Plus I’ve been wanting to buy some Been Trill. (Source: Complex) Here are some of the pictures from the look book you can find the rest on: Complex.com (Click one the pictures to be routed to the article.) 1402685723_screenshot20140613at2.43.39pm1402685837_screenshot20140613at2.45.15pm1402685770_screenshot20140613at2.44.16pm

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Rihanna’s Boobs at the CFDA Awards

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Rihanna at the CFDA Awards

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Yes, I was gone for a while but I’m back with a vengeance. Now most of us don’t know too much about the CFDA Awards which stands for Council of Fashion Designers of America. Where top designers and celebs are awarded with awards pertaining to fashion. This year Rihanna won the “Fashion Icon Of The Year” which she did deserve. Now even though everything was hand claps and pats on the back….MS. RIHANNA ISN’T PLAYING ABOUT HER NIPPLES!!! Now as a male I love the look. As a fashion enthusiast I’m in love with the look because it looks amazing plus it’s a custom piece by Adam Selman that had 216,000 Swarovski crystals on the gown, according to Billboard. Now let’s get down to the reason I was really making this post. Rihanna loves her boobs we have seen that countless times from when Instagram banned her account for a little bit for posting the picture of her for Lui Magazine. Where she once again had her boobs out. The white folks down at the IG office were saying your boobs cute and all but we have kids on this site @badgirlriri we gone have to shut you down real quick. That may have not been their exact words but that’s just the overall meaning of the quick deactivation. I see nothing wrong with the look I mean it’s Rihanna we don’t know what to expect out of the little lady from Barbados. She’s one fashion icon out of a couple in this century who we will never know what she’s going to wear next. To me the look is classic with a slight KOD stripper twist that I love. I see it don’t you? Too many folks didn’t feel the same, from what I’ve read some people hated the look and don’t want to see her ever again. What do y’all think about it? Let me know. #TravisSpeaks

Who wore it best? (Source: Twitter)

Who wore it best?
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Concord 11’s VS Bred 11’s

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(Source: SneakerFiles.com)

This is one battle that will never end I stay hearing it everywhere from school to Wal-Mart I hear this battle. These shoes have more beef then the rep game. It all started in the year 1995 when the Concord 11’s was released in November of 1995 after the Bred 11’s were released in April of 1995.  The known red sole and the black all over with a hint of white Bred 11’s with its red Jordan jump man logo gives off a little bit of edge within the 11’s model family. Then you have the icy soles with the classic white and black all over with the black Jordan jump man logo the Concord 11’s shows a softer side of the Jordan brand and the 11’s model family. Now the Concord 11’s are known for their December 23,2011 release how some people lost their lives over them and people camped out days before the release. J-Cole said it best “Niggas killing over J’s that’s death over designer”. On the other hand with the Bred 11’s they weren’t as hyped as the Concords but just like it’s opponent a couple of people died over them. Rest in peace to Joshua Woods and Tyreek Amir Jacobs you will be missed. Now we all know why people wanted the Bred 11’s because of that wonderful red sole because….THEY DON’T YELLOW/PISS!!! That’s one of the top reasons why people wanted the shoe other then they looked good and it’s hard to see any flaw within a black shoe such as a stain. The Concord 11’s come in a special box just like the Space Jam 11’s and the Cool Grey 11’s I see the Jordan brand is keeping it all in the family and making the Bred 11’s the evil step child. Now for the sole for the Concord 11’s if you wear them too much and don’t take care of them they will start to yellow/piss then soon it will look like someone dragged them through the dirt. It’s just the Bred 11s come in a simple regular Jordan Box, which threw off some folks because they cost more than the Concord 11’s. Something neutral between the sneakers they both came with shoe trees that were inside of the shoes matching the sole. Now if it were to be my personal choice I would pick the Concord 11s just because I like how they look so flawless almost till you get something on them. I like both of the sneakers and my father actually bought the Bred 11’s for me but I told him to keep them for him to wear. Ignorant right? Yes I know.

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Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Asteroid”

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Credit to Sole-Up

Nike has did it again but we will not see the Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Asteroid” till 10/26/2013 aka October 26, 2013. The retail price of these shoes will be $250.00. I absolute love these shoes. Will these shoes have the same hype of the Galaxy foamposites or more? I mean these are the asteroids of that galaxy if you think about it. From what I have seen of Nike they are starting to step out of their comfort zones with most shoes and putting more shoes out with more color and prints instead of the basic solid colors which I do love because I am a person who love wearing crazy and outrageous clothing and sneakers. To me after these shoes I know that Nike will be releasing mad dope sneakers that push the envelope and I will be here to report on them.

Credit to Sole-Up

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adidas Originals Jeremy Scott 2013 Fall/Winter Footwear Collection

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Jeremy Scott

Now I am a very huge Jeremy Scott fan but I think that his collection may just be legendary and one of his best. If you don’t know who Jeremy Scott is he is the man behind most of the crazy sneakers you see. The collection shows a wide arrange of ideas from this man. From a retro “8-bit” looking pair of his iconic wings 2.0 to the also very iconic teddy bear with just a bit of shimmer enough to blind the average human. I am in love with this collection and will attempt to have every single pair in my closet. Cause the collection shows a different side of Scott by showing that he is capable of stepping out of his comfort zone of goofy outrageous shoes and actually putting a tad bit of seriousness into the design not saying that he never did that with other collections. He is bring back the days of his earlier collections like his Beverly Hills license plate sneakers in mint colors. I would post all of the pictures/pictures that have been released but that would ruin the surprise of the other sneakers. With his celeb clientele he will have no problem getting them walking on the streets on the feet of some big names which include Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, and everyone in-between. This collection is his strongest collection to date. My favorite sneaker in this collection lets just say it has money written all over it. (Source: Hypebeast.com) All rights go to the photographers of these photos. I do not own any of them.

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