I had health and fitness blog post planned for today but then the news of Jay-z being physically abused by Beyonce’s sister Solange hit the net. Many people were concerned about how Beyonce reacted or neglected to react to the altercation. I personally don’t know how I would react if I saw my sister attacking my husband regardless of the situation.
The situation is eye-opening because we see they (Beyonce and Jay-z and all celebrities) are HUMAN which is even more proof that we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. Everyone has family problems. I could write multiple books about my family issues. TRUST ME.
To be honest, one of my first thoughts was if the On the Run Tour would be cancelled. I wouldn’t mind if Jay was just a hologram on stage, but Beyonce betta be there! It might even be cool to see Solange and Beyonce perform together. Although artistically they are complete opposites; I did love seeing them together at Coachella.
Although everyone is speculating about what happened, I wanted to talk about the situation from a different perspective. As Co-Founder of Sporty Afros, I’m especially interested to see how Beyonce reacts to the situation since her and Jay-Z are a major brand. Not only do they have to deal with the personal/emotional ramifications, but they also have a business to run. Often times, the line between business and personal issues is blurred.
For example, Whitney and I are not only just business partners but also friends. We’re polar opposites which can really ruin a company. I think this is where Christ shines because with God we are a strong and unique team. It also means what I don’t like to do, she does and vice versa.
Balancing being a business partner and friend, I learned a great lesson early on. When one of us has relationship or personal problem it DIRECTLY affects our ability to manage our business. I have seen my fair share of female businesses die because of personal issues like jealousy, lack of time spent at home and dishonesty.
Because of this, I regularly pray for our business and personal relationships so that there is peace and prosperity where discord could easily arise. This also means I have to be a source of positivity, understanding and respectfulness towards Whitney and all the things she deems important. Because of this, Whitney knows that she can count on me as not just a business partner but also a praying female friend.
The messy situation with Jay, Solange and Beyonce made me realize how blessed I am to have such a great business partner. It also made me see how important prayer, communication and respect is in all successful relationships.
With so many reality tv-shows highlighting Black women bickering and fighting each other, I am glad my TRUE reality shows countless women working together in a positive light and supporting one another.
Last year, Whitney and I were interviewed by the fabulous Nicole Marie Melton about running a business with your friend. It was the first interview we discussed how we manage our friendship and business partnership. We opened up about what it takes to not just be successful but also as a work together as a team. Especially when the pressure is on for big events like International Natural Hair Meetup Day. *Shameless plug* It’s this Saturday, May 17 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm and tickets are $15.
What inspired you to start a blog together?
We started Sporty Afros after constantly being asked about how we maintained healthy hair while training for our first triathlon. We decided it was time to address the specific issues facing our community in regards to living an active lifestyle. We focused on removing one of the largest barriers that prevent black women from working out, hair care. We became the first site dedicated to connecting the dots between hair care, fitness and nutrition. We’re thrilled to be among the top websites that provide women with the tools to achieve a healthy body and healthy hair.
How do you balance running a blog with maintaining your friendship?
Our friendship began because of our similarities, but has continued to thrive while running Sporty Afros because we focus on inspiring others. When we read the comments on the blog and hear about the lives we’ve changed it strengthens us individually and collectively. With every milestone and hurdle, we make sure God is at the center of everything we do.
What’s the best part of running a blog with your best friend?
Running a business is tough sometimes, but at the end of the day it’s always great to have a business partner who genuinely cares about your well being.
We are a very well balanced, driven team. Whitney is strong where I am weak, and vice versa. We constantly inspire and motivate each other. Whitney motivated me to go natural and I motivated her to compete in her first triathlon.
What hardships, if any, have you faced with running a blog with your best friend?
Time management. We both work full time and manufacture our own haircare line. Sometimes it can be stressful when we are both stretched too thin. We try our best to have a healthy work/life balance but sometimes it’s challenging, to say the least.
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