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Hidden Figures & The Importance of Being First


As my Aunt Avis would say when something is outstandingly good, Hidden Figures was "Everything!" It was everything and more that I could've asked for. However, I found some reviews to be quite lukewarm and critical but critical  is to be expected. Everybody's a critic. I think when people watch a movie that's good, their first thought is "Well, it was good but.." It has become human nature to find the bad or the mistake or the inconsistencies in everything and everyone. The only thing I possibly would've changed in this film is Katherine's love interest. I would've like to have seen him played by Idris Alba, for obvious reasons. Now, before I dive into why this movie is the best movie of 2016 (Yes, 2016! That's not a typo.) I want to first start by giving a little history lesson on who the women depicted in this film are. You will get a little background on Kathrine's story (played by Taraji P. Henson). However, the other two musketeers that make up this fabulous trio are just as interesting, if not more interesting, than Katherine. Unfortunately, the other two women have passed. Katherine G. Johnson, at age 98, is the only one still living to tell her story and see it being told to younger generations, on both a national and global scale.

  Meet Mary Jackson!

According to NASA, Mary Jackson "may have been the only black female aeronautical engineer in the field" in the 1950s. Bob Nye/Courtesy of NASA Langley

Played by Janelle Monae, Mary is the youthful one. She's got spunk, sass, and a whole lot attitude! Did I mention she's a bit of a flirt. Beyond her loquacious personality is her beauty and her brains. To put it quite simply, the girl is smart as hell. As part of NASA's engineer team, she is the one who helps build the rockets. Before Mary Jackson, NASA never had a Black Female Engineer! She was the first! It is the scene that feature her brilliant, eloquent speech in the Virginia Courthouse that inspired this article. Mary Jackson is the epitome of a Boss Bytch! 



Meet Dorothy Vaughn!

Dorothy Vaughn (played by Octavia Spencer) was the first African American supervisor at NASA. Out of the three Hidden Figures, she is the most inspiring to me! When you work a job and you do your job well.....! (I'm shaking my head. LOL) When you do your job and the jobs of others better than anyone else, then you are worth more than a promotion! That was Dorothy Vaughn! She was a woman who got the job done and who knew her worth! That is so important! TO KNOW YOUR WORTH! Dorothy could've been a yessa ma'am and a yessa sir and a bow your head and take what you get kind of Black woman. The kind that was highly prevalent in her time and believe it or not that kind of woman still persists today! Dorothy Vaughn did not just take a job, she made a job. In fact, she made several jobs. When you are able to get a job, keep a job, and then get jobs for others, you badass! She knew what NASA needed before NASA knew what NASA needed. That's a Boss Bytch! That's the kind of Bytch you want on your team! Dorothy was a leader. Kathrine Johnson is still alive, so Taraji is front and center but make no mistake, the leader of the pack is Dorothy Vaughn. She's more than just a Boss Bytch. She is what I'd like to call a HBBIC (Head Boss Bytch in Charge!) 



Meet Kathrine Johnson!

Portrait of Katherine Johnson
Portrait of Katherine Johnson
Credits: NASA

Last but certainly not least, Kathrine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson) was the first of many things. She was the first to desegregate the graduate school at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. She was also the first African American to calculate trajectories, launch windows, and emergency back-up plan return paths for flights into space. She made history. She is making history. She is history. She's still alive! And at 98 years old, she looks good at hell! 


The Reviews

So these women are amazing! No question and no doubt about it! However, did the movie do their story justice? Rotten tomatoes gives it 93%, It gets 3.5 out or 4 stars from Rolling Stones, and New York Times says, "There's something to be said for a well-told tale with clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff." The Memphis Flyer says, "Taraji P.Henson leads a talented cast in a disappointing Hidden Figures." This subheading of the film review is under the title "Space Cookie"! No offense to Memphis Flyer but the next time you want a real film review, call me! To Chris McCoy, I say, "Have several seats!" Now,  I'm a Black woman and I listed other reviews from highly noted film websites and magazines, just so I don't come across as bias or uneducated. Much of McCoys review is his opinion. To be fair, every review is just an opinion and a critical analysis. However, his review was not as insightful as it should have been. This movie was bigger than Taraji P. Henson and it was bigger than Cookie Lyons. In fact, it had nothing to do with Cookie! And everything to do with the women who the actresses were playing. This movie is not fiction. It's based on a true story! The story is what is of importance! To call this movie "focus-grouped pablum", almost makes me think McCoy didn't even watch the movie or maybe he took some long ass restroom break in between scenes. Nevertheless, if you haven't seen this movie please go and check it out. It's definitely a must see!











BYTCHES LOVE J.BUCK!

Photo credit: John Ford: IG: johnfxrd
Last December, I was fortunate enough to attend the Battle of the Bands event hosted by Ikea. Three different bands performed and you can guess who won. J.Buck was the winner of the battle of the bands and he went on to perform at the grand opening of Ikea. I was also fortunate enough to get the Boss Man to interview with me through the DM on Instagram. Bytches love J.Buck and here's why.




Tiera Chanel Photography

Boss Bytch: Hey [Jay] when and where is your next show? 

J.Buck: This Monday at Onix on Madison from 6:30 to 9:30.

Boss Bytch: I [wanted to do] a article on you on my blog, could I maybe ask you a few questions?

J.Buck: Most definitely! I'd be honored.

BB: Awesome! How did you get into music [and] when did you first start singing?

JB: I first started singing when I was two years old, just riding in the car with my mom. [I] started singing in church when I was around eight, and I was a really shy kid so that was a big deal for me. Music was the only place where I felt like I could truly be free. 

BB: When did you put on your first show and how did you overcome your shyness? 

JB: My first show that was something that came later on when I was a member of a group called MochaLatte. But I overcame the shyness just by performing more, whether it was in school talent shows in high school or in concert choir. I just took advantage of every opportunity I could. When I got to college I stopped performing because I started feeling like people only liked me because of my gift, but I was always writing. When the opportunity casein 2013 to sing with MochaLatte, I was ready.

BB: MochaLatte? How long were you apart of that group?

JB: We were together about six months.

BB: Lol. Short lived. What did you learn from that experience?

JB: It was short lived but it was short lived because it was difficult getting three people on the same
 page and schedule. But it taught me about how to protect my music, it taught me how to organize my calendar, and it taught me how to work a crowd and know your worth. 

BB: Well that's amazing! Here at Boss Bytch we are all about knowing your worth! What [has been] the most difficult lesson you have learned since being in the music industry?

JB:You can't please everybody. This business requires a lot of hard work, time, and sacrifice. Everyone will not be understanding of that sacrifice, but I had to learn that those are people that just have their own agenda and ego problems that they have to deal with. When you realize you can't please everybody it frees you up to focus on pleaseing yourself and The Most High. 

BB: What would you say your biggest sacrifice has been, as it pertains to your music career?

JB: Time. I spend most of my time making moves and thinking about my next moves, as opposed to spending [time] finding a relationship, starting a family, finding stability, etc. I'd like to have all of those things eventually, but I'm on a mission. Lol.

BB: That's understandable. Relationships are often put on the back burner when you're trying to pursue a career, nobody understands that  better than Boss Bytch! So could you tell us why #BLACKMUSICIANSMATTER and how did you come up with the concept?

JB: Well that's something that came from a show  I was putting on and my band and I just got done smashing my song "Impatient" and somebody shouted out from the audience "y'all (n-word) better play!" and that's when I said "black musicians matter." And when you look through history it's true. From Africa to Beethoven, to Muddy Waters, John Coltrane to Chuck Berry to Nina Simone to DJ Grandmaster Flash, Black musicians just know how to take shyt and turn it into fertilizer. 

BB: Lol. What was the inspiration behind Love Matters

JB: Love Matters was [an] album I wrote just to start a conversation about how we define the word love. The way we love God, the way we love through romance, and the way we love ourselves. And when you listen to the album and dissect the lyrics it's the story of a man trying to come to grips with the world around him and process his feelings. Love is the only thing that can heal this dying planet.

BB: You are definitely an old soul. Do you get that a lot? Your music also has a neo soul vibe.

JB: I'm really not crazy about the term neo soul, I like to think of my music as a gumbo of black music: soul, blues, jazz, rock, funk, afro beat, gospel, country, just all of it.

BB: Well tell our readers where they can buy this Black music gumbo?

JB: Lol. Sure. You can find my music on iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMusic, Googleplay, AppleMusic, TIDAL, and AudioMack. Just look up J.Buck "The J.Buck Experience" and "Love Matters".

BB:Thank you for taking the time out to speak with us today. Congratulations on all your success and we hope to hear more from you in the future. (end)


You can also follow J.Buck on instagram at j.buckmusic_ and on Facebook at J.Buck Music. Be sure to also check out his website at www.jbuckmusic.com. where you can buy his #blackmusicianmatters sweatshirts. 



TOP 10 SONGS THAT BELONG ON EVERY BOSSBYTCH CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

Can a bytch be honest? Just last year, I became a baptized Jehovah's Witness. So I don't believe in Christmas (when Christ was born, Christmas). However, I do believe in eating, gathering, and enjoying good times with family and friends during this oh so merry time of year. I hope you all enjoy this playlist and I hope it warms your heart, as it warms mine. Merry Christmas Bytches!

#1. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU (MARIAH CAREY) 


#2. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (JACKSON 5)


#3. SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS (STEVIE WONDER) 


#4. THIS CHRISTMAS (DONNY HATHAWAY) 


#5. SILENT NIGHT (TEMPTATIONS)

   

#6. I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS (JACKSON 5) 


#7. SANTA CLAUS IS A BLACK MAN (AKIM & TEDDY VAN) 


#8. MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY (OTIS REDDING) 


#9. SANTA BABY (EARTHA KITT) 


#10. BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE (FRANK LOESSER)


Bytch, did you know? Frank Loesser sang in a duet with wife, Lynn Loesser. The couple would sing the song at parties. The song became featured in the musical rom-com Neptune's Daughter (1949)


Check out the song in this clip from the movie!


HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Please Come Home for Christmas (The Eagles & Charles Brown version)
  • White Christmas (Frank Sinatra)
  • Let it Snow (Dean Martin)
  • Last Christmas (WHAM!)
  • Christmas Roasting on a Open Fire (Nat King Cole)
  • Christmas in Hollis (Run DMC)
  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer 
  • I Want A Hippotatmus for Christmas (Gayla Peevey)
  • Beans, Greens, Potatoes, Tomatoes (Shirley Caesar)




THE LADY & THE LEGACY : FIVE REASONS WHY ZSA ZSA GABOR WAS A REAL BOSS BYTCH!

This past Sunday, December 18th, 2016, the world lost a legendary boss bytch! Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away less than two months from her centennial birthday, in her Bel-Air home, surrounded by loved ones. The beautiful starlet endured multiple ailments during her last years; she ultimately died of a heart attack. Here at Boss Bytch, we want to celebrate the woman, the wit, and the warrior that made Zsa Zsa Gabor! This BYTCH was: Beautiful. Young at heart. Talented. Cool as fuck! & Humorous!


1. THAT GIRL IS A REAL HOUSEKEEPER!

With nine husbands, seven divorces, and one annulment, Z was hardly ever single. She kept the houses and the rings! Now that's a bytch who knows her worth.


2. BEFORE THE KARDASHIAN KLAN, THERE WERE THE GABOR GIRLS!

Top: Magda, Zsa Zsa, Jolie (momma), & Eva    Bottom: You all know who these bottom bytches are!

Zsa Zsa Gabor was the Kim Kardashian of the late 1930's to the late 1950s. She was like Kim because she was known more for her personal life than she was for her professional acting career. Zsa Zsa also had her own family celebrity clan! The beauty queen of Budapest was also known for her many quotes and "Dahlink" catchphrases. Our number three reason features five of those quotes. For more of her quotes check out Sarah Lindigs article The 35 Best Zsa Zsa Gabor Quotes.


3. WHAT SHE SAID!


    When a Boss Bytch speaks, you better listen and pay attention!







4.SHE BYTCH SLAPPED THE POLICE!


That's right! She earned her stripes! Zsa Zsa was saying "F--k tha Police" right along with Easy-E and N.W.A. On June 14, 1989, Zsa Zsa was arrested for slapping an officer. She drove away from a routine traffic stop, which led to a pursuit, that led to an altercation, that ultimately led to her getting locked up! When asked about her trial, Zsa Zsa said, "I can't believe that in a country as great as ours that a 6-foot-4 policeman can beat up a lady of 5-foot-4 and use dirty language as if she was a street walker. I think Russia can't be worse, or communist Hungary." A reporter at the time asked her how she felt about the prospects of jail, "That would be wonderful. I'd have time to write my book." She was also quoted saying, "If I go to jail, Bistro Gardens (a restaurant) said they would serve me food three times a day." Zsa Zsa was found guilty of slapping the police, driving without a license, and possessing an opened container of alcohol (flask of jack daniels) in her Rolls Royce. She served her time:three days in jail!



 5. SHE WAS A SURVIVOR!

Even though she didn't live to see her 100th birthday, Zsa Zsa lived through and witnessed a lot of shit. Just think about it. Ninety-nine years is a long time. Below are a list of wars, world events, inventions, and movements that Zsa Zsa survived and lived through. (Note: This list is not all inclusive, feel free to add more in your comments) 


  1.    World War I 1914-1918 
  2.   The 18th Amendment (The Prohibition of alcohol) 1918 
  3.   Dial telephones 1919
  4.   Women's Suffrage 1919
  5.   The Great Depression 1929-1930s
  6.   World War II 1939-1945 
  7.   Attack on Pearl Harbor 1941 
  8.   Colored Television 1940 
  9.   The Holocaust 1941-1945
  10.   The Cold War 1947-1991 
  11.   The Korean War 1950-2016 
  12.   The Vietnam War 1955-1975 
  13.   Jim Crow/Segregation 1800s-1965 
  14.   Civil Rights Movement/Integration 1954-1968 
  15.   The Cuban Embargo 1958-2015 
  16.   Russia goes into Space 1961
  17.   The Assassination of JFK 1963 
  18.   The Assassination of MLK 1968
  19.   The Women's Movement 1960s-1970s 
  20.   Neil Armstrong Lands on the Moon 1969
  21.   The Birth of Hip Hop 1980s 
  22.   Black Monday - The Stock Market Crash of 1987
  23.   The 1992 Los Angeles Riots 
  24.   President Clinton is Impeached! 1999 
  25.   Nelson  Mandela - First Black President of South Africa 1999
  26.   9/11 
  27.   Iraq War 2003-2011 
  28.   Facebook launches 2004
  29.   Apple releases Iphone 2007
  30.   Barack Obama - First Black President of The United States of America 2008
  31.   The legalization of Gay Marriage in America- 2015 
  32.   The Brexit -2016 
  33.   Trump Wins President Elect - 2016 ("Bye Bytches" - Zsa Zsa)




MY TOP 5 BUSINESS MISTAKES


Creating your own business is stressful and you're bound to have at least one regret or make one mistake. In my case, I've made many. Here are the top 5 mistakes I made when creating BossBytches.com.

#1. Striving for perfection.
I am the type of perfectionist who won't do something if it's not going to be perfect or at least well done. I have dubbed myself a "perfectionista". Here's the problem with my type of perfectionism; you don't get a lot of stuff done! You go days without doing things because you don't have A or B and you can only really afford C or D and  C and D just really throws you all off. This type of perfectionism leads to procrastination, last minute decision making, and missed opportunities. My advice to all entrepreneurs: don't strive for perfectionism, strive for realism. Create deadlines and keep them.

#2.Failing to plan ahead.
You've heard of the saying "if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail."  Well, this is true is most cases, especially in the case of business. I planned on launching this blog on December 14th but that plan was a fail. Nevertheless, when it comes to your business or your blog don't try to wing it. A good friend of mine reminded me that you can have the prettiest blog in all the land but if you don't have the content to keep traffic and subscribers, then you're just a pretty face and nothing more. Now every business should have a business plan that is the first rule that my business law professor instilled in me. (NOTE: "How to Write a Business Plan" article is coming soon) When blogging, creating a two to six month blogging schedule is your business plan.

#3. Thinking way too much.
Another mishap that I have is thinking way too. Admittedly, I have this problem in both my business professional and personal life. Overthinking is just another pathway to procrastination. Don't get it twisted. Nothing is worst than a rushed decision but you don't want to take years to finally make a move. (Note: Remember the acronym H.A.L.T.) If you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, just halt, stop, retreat! This is not the best time to make a decision. This is true in business and very true in personal. Nevertheless, thinkers think and doers do, writers write and this is true. (#DrSuessMoment) So go Nike, and just do it!

#4. Overspending
I can't believe I spent fifty-one dollars on a WordPress theme  for a Wix website only to find out I can't use a WordPress theme on a Wix website and to end up using a free blogger template on a free blogger website. Like sand through an hourglass so are the days of my life. I also spent two hundred dollars on photography, most of which isn't even premiering with my blog. This is where planning and researching comes into play because failing to plan could also have you planning for bankruptcy. Please let my story be a cautionary tale.

#5. Dude, where's your card?
After attending a ladies-only social event, I realised just how unprepared I was for starting my business. I hadn't launched my blog and I didn't have a business card. All I had was my camera and my work. When you are an entrepreneur, you are a walking ad!  When you own your own business, when you are your own boss, everyday is a workday. Having a business card makes you look professional and legit, not having a business card makes you look unprofessional, unlegit, and unorganized and nobody wants to do business with someone who is unprofessional and unorganized. Be sure to have business cards before you launch your business and before you start advertising. (And I still haven't ordered my business cards, smgdh)



Bytches Love Cajun!

The Mini Mardi Gras Sampler


Driving down Cleveland, after work, I just so happened to stumble upon a restaurant that I've actually driven past numerous times. I was just curious. I wanted a to-go menu. I was not going to eat. I repeat. I was not going to eat. Then, the owner of the place decided to give me a free sample of the "craw fish corn chowder". Now why did he have to do that? Let it be known that I hate craw fish! It's about the only food of the sea that I do hate. It just so happens that I ended up ordering more crawfish corn chowder, along with fried catfish (not the hard, greasy, slimy in the middle kind but the clean, crispy, just right kind), seafood gumbo, rich etouffee, rice, and (my favorite) garlic bread. The bread was off the chain y'all! I basically got the Mini Mardi Gras Sampler and subbed the homemade gumbo for seafood gumbo. If you live in Memphis or around the Memphis area, be sure to check out the restaurant Mardi Gras Memphis, located at 496 N Watkins. At Mardi Gras Memphis you will receive some good ol' New Orlean Hospitality and you'll be able to taste the finest cajun and creole cuisine that Memphis has to offer. And if you are lucky, as I was, you will also be able to meet the owner's mother, Ms. Marie. Ms. Marie will tell you all about her grandbabies and all of their accolades and just how proud she is of them. She made me wish I still had my grandmother (Big Ma). She reminded me of her. Moreover, Mardi Gras does an excellent job at bringing a little Louisiana to Tennessee, so stop by, you'll be glad you did. Visit their website to check out the menu.  http://www.mardigrasmemphisrestaurant.com/menu.html

Ms.Marie and one of the owners (He's the one who gave me the free sample!)

Who's Dat Bytch?



Well I thought you'd never ask! I am Tiera Chanel, owner and creator of Boss Bytch, a blog catered to promote and provide business women and financial education. My hope is for Boss Bytch to be more than just a blog and even more than just another brand but an inspiration, an encouragement, and an educational resource for young girls and young women who either have or aspire to have their own businesses.Now, I have created many blogs. Many of which were used for school. However, there was that one time I wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw and because I fell in and out of love one time, I felt I could be the sexpert or expert on love and relationships.Just last year, I created a blog designed to help promote Big Girls and plus-sized women; where I would feature plus-size clothing and document my journey within the plus-size modeling industry. To all my Big Boss Bytches, I want to give a big shout out and say "Hey y'all!"

My blog from last year. 

I've come to realize that I want an even bigger audience and I want to focus on bigger issues and topics such as: how to get a business license, write a business plan, pay off student loan debt within five years, and how to obtain multiple streams of income. I want to help women reach financial freedom and reach their business, career, and financial goals. Unlike my last blog, Boss Bytch is catered to all women and anybody who is interested in making a dollar and keeping a dollar. Furthermore, Boss Bytch isn't just for you, it's for me too. I need help reaching my financial goals and career aspirations, as well. I am a photographer, a model, a writer, a filmmaker. I got goals that cost money! I am an artist. I love art. I hate numbers(math)! I am not a numbers girl but because I'm a Boss Bytch, I have to make numbers(money) and I have to be 'bout my numbers. I really want to help those who aren't necessarily business oriented to become business oriented. And on a final note, I want to make it clear that Boss Bytches aren't bitches. We are Queens! We are 'bout our Business, Yearly quotas, Titles, Credit scores, and Hustle! Don't get it twisted! There's a bytch in all of us.

When Bytches Go Rogue!

Image Source: Entertainment Weekly

When I went to see Rogue One, the prequel of the Star Wars film series, I went rogue because I fell asleep! And when I woke up, I left the movie to take a sneak peak at Office Christmas Party, which was great! I should've paid to see that. If you're in the mood for a good laugh and prefer your movies not to be boring, check it out. After Office Christmas Party was over, I went back into the theater of Rogue One and the movie was still on, both films started at the same time. This movie is only interesting at the very beginning and at the very end. I can't believe Disney put such an ugly scar on the Star Wars franchise. For a more in depth reason on why this movie sucked ass stinks, read Pamela Powels article "Rogue One" is just a boring repeat. http://www.daily-journal.com/life/entertainment/rogue-one-is-just-a-boring-repeat/article_909a74cc-076d-52f9-a8f2-6ea4cfbc058e.html