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#MCM (MAVEN CRUSH MONDAY)- YOLANDA RENEE

Everyone has their favorite Youtuber that they may have watched grow from their inception. Many of us Black and Latina girls are natural, and have been for quite sometime. However, when we initially went natural the only help we received for these TWA’s could be found on YouTube. Enter Yolanda Renee. I was one of her first subscribers, I’ve experienced at least three big chops, a bunch of make up tutorials, and have watched the level of creativity soar.

Let’s talk about why Yolanda Renee is one of the best natural hair, WOKE, naturalistas:

1. She’s beautiful and has a beautiful family. On their vlog you can see the love as she teaches her two daughters Taylor and Skylar to love their natural self! There’s wayyyy more she teaches them but I’m saving that for number 2. Her fiancĂ©, Devon, is a dope, conscious rapper is heavily involved in his community and family life. That’s #BLACKLOVE at it’s finest! Devon’s album ‘A Blank Canvas Should Be Illegal” is out now on all major platforms.

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

2. Yolanda Renee is very creative and savvy. Since, the inception of her YouTube channel she was still the same Yolanda, but you literally watched the quality of her videos soar after about 5 videos she was a PRO!

3. She creates ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT AND TOURS BEING HERSELF! That is one of the most powerful things you can show two young, black girls; be an original and know your worth. In my opinion, it would be hard for Taylor and Sky not to follow in mom’s footsteps because they are obviously naturals. The beauty of creating your own content is Yolanda Renee owns all of her intellectual property. I don’t know about you, but I believe that’s what makes her a maven.

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4. She engages her audience on all forms of social media. This characteristic alone makes her approachable, sweet, and just simply nice. A lot of self made bosses don’t have time to surf the content of their platforms, but Yolanda takes the time to engage.

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Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee IG

5. One of the most important things Yolanda Renee does, you know besides slay, is share how she does everything herself and her method to get there. To many other girl bosses this information is amazing and FREE. Yolanda has a series on her YouTube showing her methods on record keeping, emailing, monetizing your channel and so much more.

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Photo Cred: Yolanda Renee Youtube

As you all may be able to tell, Yolanda Renee is one of my favorite social media mavens! Her amazing marketing tactics are above par, and has allowed her to create a world of her own around things she loves. Yolanda Renee is our Maven Crush Monday!

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4 Reasons Why Issa Rae is So Dope For The Culture

For those of you that have been living under a rock, Issa Rae is the new “IT” girl in Hollywood. Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae Diop is a 31 year old, Capricorn set out on a mission to slay all stereotypes. Best known for her YouTube series, Awkward Black Girl, she’s gained much steam for her HBO debut, “Insecure”.

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Photo Cred: Black Women In Hollywood


Still in her early stages of stardom, the Stanford graduate is killing the game. Here’s a short list of 4 Reasons Why Issa Rae so dope for the culture:

1. REPRESENTATION It is important for young woman and little girls see an image of themselves when they look at things in the media. Issa Rae makes it ok to be a “brown skinned, kinky hair” girl. She also shows young, black girls being “awkward” or “different” is actually very ok.

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Photo Cred:Vanity Fair


2. HUSTLE Issa shows hustling and grinding on a different level. Issa is a beautiful example of using your creativity to level up. Issa garnered more than 2MILLION views on her Awkward Black Girl series that led to an actual book. By the time the book was published, Issa was announcing her show, Insecure, was picked up on HBO in 2015. That’s how you level up!
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Photo Cred:HBO

3. HER TWEETS ARE LIFE Issa has the best Twitter timeline EVER! THIS IS NOT UP FOR DEBATE (FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK) I consistently read Issa’s tweet, especially when she live tweets during Insecure. She say some of the funniest things and they’re so spot on it’s ridiculous. I can’t help but to clutch my pearls at the hilarity that takes place there.

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Photo Cred: Issa Rae’s twitter

4. EASY BREEZY BEAUTIFUL COVERGIRL Issa recently announced that she has earned the coveted COVERGIRL spot. Issa says, “Becoming a COVERGIRL means a lot because the brand recognizes just how important for people to embrace their individuality and express themselves in unique and diverse ways.” GO GIRL!

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Photo Cred: InStyle

Issa Rae is a game changer, and that’s why she’s dope for the culture.