Feel Good Friday | Employee of the Month Goes to…


Ishmael Gilbert! The 19-year-old Target cashier is definitely deserving of the honor after patiently helping an elderly customer pay her total. Counting out quarters, pennies and dimes is time-consuming, especially for the customers waiting (so been there before), but allowed her to take her time.

Plus, and this is a biggie, the Indianapolis res didn’t suck his teeth or roll his eyes while waiting on her. How rare is that form of customer service these days?

Sarah Bigler, the customer waiting in line, did however do those things. But the fact Ishmael didn’t propelled her to snap a pic and post the encounter on Facebook. Garnering 28,937 shares. Bigler shared her initial reaction with FOX59:

I realized that the woman in front of me was taking quite a while, and I realized she was paying with change. I was at first frustrated and irritated thinking of my long day and this unnecessary timeline to get home, and get the kids bathed…and then I stopped for a moment.

In that moment Bigler watched the elderly woman apologize over and over to Ishmael and he kept saying “you’re fine.” And how Bigler’s daughter was watching it all go down lifted her mood.

“I thought this stranger is teaching something I could never teach her.”

Based on the thousands of shares on Facebook, other people too.

“It feels good to be recognized, for good work but this isnt something new,” Ismael told NYDailyNews.

“I treat all customers the same, the way I want to be treated. It felt good because that’s the kind of example I want to be for my daughter.”


DYNAMIC DUO: Beyonce and Boots, Singer/Producer Create Soulful Duet Ballad for Charity

Image Courtesy: Consequencesof Sound.net

Image Courtesy:
Consequencesof Sound.net

I know one name didn’t look familiar to you above. Well, let me pour some tea in your cup. Boots aka Jordy Asher is a producer/singer signed to Jay Z’s label Roc Nation. Boots (unknowingly) helped make our holiday season all the more brighter by contributing to “Drunk in Love” and “85% of Beyonce album.” For that, we thank you. And we may need to throw another gracias his way after hearing his duet with Beyonce called “Dreams.”

This haunting ballad is the cherry on top of Boot’s mixtape he’s been teasing us with piecemeal tracks on Facebook for two months. Well, you tell me if it was worth the wait by tapping your feet to King Bey and Boots’ “Dreams” beat below:

Tots worth the wait, amirite? Not only that but it’s also worth the $1 download because every bit of it will go towards an org spreading awareness for teen dating violence. Boots released a statement about the non-profit and why he wanted to donate money to them:

A while back I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to help others, or give back in some way, I would seize it. A friend recently told me about a non-profit organization called “Day One” here in NYC. In their words, “Day One is the only organization in New York City solely devoted to the issue of teen dating violence.” I feel that protecting women from these horrible and unthinkable acts should take precedence in our society. I feel passionate about this because if more women knew that safe places existed from the turmoil they experience, it could possibly prevent these situations from occurring or reoccurring. Every cent made from this song will go directly to http://dayoneny.org

So refreshing to see famous artists get behind a cause that largely goes unnoticed. It’s beyond me how people can turn a blind eye to Gabriella or Alisa’s survivor stories. Thank God, for those that don’t.

P. Diddy & Russell Simmons Share Business Tips to Young Entrepreneurs



With an unemployment rate hovering over 8 percent and a majority of the country’s workers only holding down part-time work to pay the bills, it’s no secret that you have to find creative ways to keep the checks coming in. So whether it’s a side hustle or plowing your own way down a rocky path towards independence vis-á-vis a new business, we realize somewhere down the road we need mentors. Imagine if they were business icons Russell Simmons, P. Diddy and Daymond  John from Shark Tank? Well…you are in luck because they may be able to pencil you in. The three entrepreneur extraordinaires have teamed up with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to volunteer their time and guidance to young businessmen and women…for a price. You get to bid on the three in an online auction hosted by charitybuzz from April 9th to 30th.

If you’re heart was set on having a one-on-one sesh with Daymond Lewis. Hate to break it to you, but he’s been sold for $20,000. Not to shabby for a shark.

Winners of the auction will meet with the tycoon and their respected teams and pitch ideas, in addition to receiving feedback. The money raised in the auction will go towards developing programs for NFTE, a global nonprofit that inspires low-income kids to stay in school and work towards being business leaders.

*Slams Gavel* LET THE BIDDING COMMENCE!!! heheheh…I always wanted to say that, er, write it.

Check P. Diddy’s inspiring message to the future Warren Buffett’s and Bill Gates’

If you Bl;nkedKing Bey wants to put her hive to work. She has launched an online auction for tickets to her highly anticipated Mrs Carter Show world tour. Bidders have a chance to win VIP tickets to see the divalicious star and help the millions that are unemployed all at once. Money used to bid on the tickets will go to support job creation programs such as Goodwill. Here is what Baddie Bey had wrote on Facebook about this joint venture:

Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works everyday to help them improve and re-establish their lives. -Beyoncè

Concertgoers can bring clothing and electronics to the Mrs Carter Show and be entered in a raffle to receive a special gift from Bey.

Sources: Look to the Stars, Celebrity Buzz