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Selma director Ava DuVernay is on a roll. Five years following her first indie feature, I Will Follow DuVernay has been tapped by Disney to direct the $100 million film A Wrinkle in Time. She is the first African-American woman to helm a project of this size.  She’s also already cast her good friend Oprah Winfrey in the film.

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DuVernay is renowned in the film industry for her ability to entrance audiences with her visually captivating scenes, so it comes as no surprise that she was selected to direct the big budget project.

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Considering DuVernay’s first film cost $50,000 and her second film, Middle of Nowhere had of budget of $200,000 (according to Women of Hollywood), this is a big budget jump. Her Oscar-nominated civil right biopic, Selma had a budget of $20 million in comparison.

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This is totally a glass ceiling breaking moment as female filmmakers and especially women of color filmmakers rarely get these big budget opportunities.

Congrats to the big-money, shot-caller for proving that sometimes talent and perseverance is all you need to change the game.


-XOXO Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

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Oprah Winfrey is one the most influential woman in the world. The media boss runs her own TV network, publishes a magazine, hosts inspirational shows, executive produces films, and still finds the time to conduct major philanthropic works around the world.

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Winfrey’s list of accomplishments is so long it can be difficult not to be in awe and admire her ability to continuously realize her goals despite the challenges – you know she’s had her haters along the way.

It’s hard to imagine what her world and ours would be like if she’d simply settled with being just another talk show host. Instead of resting on the success of her 1984 hosting gig. “AM Chicago – which later became nationally syndicated as “The Oprah Winfrey Show” – she kept challenging perceived limits and the realm of possibilities.

From entertainer to entrepreneur, Oprah leveraged her driven personality to grow her brand – and her businesses – into the household name we know today. There may not be another mogul like Oprah in our lifetimes, but we’d be crazy to not use her roadmap to achieve our own personal business success.

Here are 5 lessons from Oprah to help you achieve your own business success today:

Be True to Yourself

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I cannot stress the importance of this enough. From the tender age of three Oprah was captivating her local church with her ability to recite bible verses. She would even ask her dolls and the crows in her yard detailed questions.

You could say that she was born to host her own talk show so if you’re currently working a job that isn’t resonating with your innate passion, consider making a change to see where it takes you.

You Can’t Learn to Walk without Falling

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No one is an overnight success… not even Oprah. It took hard work, dedication, and massive strings of failures to achieve what he has today.

Think of failure as a new perspective, a new lesson, another stepping stone to your ultimate destination and never be afraid to fail. Here’s a tip: Try doing something that you’re sure you can’t do – rock climbing, running a race, making dinner from scratch.

Fail at it. And, then try it again. Only this time do it better and see how you feel about it after.

There’s No Such Thing as Luck

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“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey

In business, you make your own luck. Period. You don’t earn 2.7 billion dollars by thinking that every decision you make is going to be lucky.

Most new entrepreneurs hope for a sudden spike in sales or a rush of traffic to their website, but if you put all of your efforts into hoping instead of doing; you’ll be left discouraged and unprepared to capitalize on the small wins.

Slow It Down

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Running a business is like a marathon with a few brief commercial-like breaks of calm thrown in. There’s always something left to check off on some list or something hanging over you that should have been done last week.

The Queen of Media doesn’t just tell her followers to appreciate the slow moments; she does it herself.  She takes time each day to recognize all the things she is grateful for and to just celebrate her being. It doesn’t take long and those type of short moments can make all the different for you in your business.

You’re In Charge

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There are plenty of people out there who are content to allow life to just happen to them. Don’t be one of those people! You need to take charge and make things happen for yourself.

“I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”

Oprah knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but went for it anyway. The only person in control of your destiny/business/life is you. There is power in the fact that you get to choose how you run your business and brand. That fact should drive you and inspire you to leverage that power to achieve your own version of success.

-Staff Writer | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

Media Titan, Oprah Winfrey, is producing and starring in an upcoming HBO biopic on the story of Henrietta Lacks. feature

Lacks, is the African American woman whose cervical cancer cells were taken without her permission in 1951 and used to create the immortal cell line. Her HeLa cell line has been used to help create the polio vaccine and as part of scientific research from cancer to AIDS to gene mapping and even cosmetics.

Basically, modern medicine is completely indebted to Lacks, who passed away in 1951 and whose family never received any compensation from the multibillion-dollar medical industry that benefits daily from the use of her HeLa cells. So, this film is important for so many reasons.

Winfrey will play the role of Lack’s daughter, Deborah and the film will be told from her perspective.

The OWN CEO called the film a “passion project” and is no stranger to playing powerful stories or bringing them to the big screen.

Oprah Winfrey (center) plays Annie Lee Cooper in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films.
Oprah Winfrey (center) plays Annie Lee Cooper in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films.

She has also hired Lacks’ surviving family members as consultants for the film, so it looks like the project is on sound footing from the start.

Production on the film entitled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks begins this summer and a release date is pending.

-Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

When Oprah Winfrey holds an event, you know you’re in for a powerful day. As part of Oprah’s The Life a you Want Weekend in Atlanta, Bounty and My Black is Beautiful held a Breakfast Power Meet-up networking event in O Town (yup, she had a town) at Centennial Park. Hosted by celebrity chef, author and TV host Carla Hall, the event brought together some of the most dynamic women in Atlanta for a morning of inspiration.

Nicole Jones, Carla Hall and Karmetria Burton looking stunning on stage at the Bounty Power Meet-up in Atlanta

The event included a panel moderated by Hall and two powerful influencers from the local ATL area: Karmetria Burton, General Manager ‐ Supplier Diversity for Delta Airlines and Nicole Jones, founder of Honesty. The ladies opened up and shared real tips on how to ignite your passion and “Bring It” every day to create the life you want.

Carla Hall (right) moderating the Power Meet-up Panel

The morning festivities continued with attendees receiving head massages from Pantene and skin consultations from Olay. O Town guests were also treated to an inspirational photo experience and product samples from Crest, a washable fashion demonstration from Tide and a motivational wall from Bounty.

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Carla Hall also treated fans to a cooking demonstration that focused on 15 minute meals you could make at home using Kroger Simple Truth products.

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Hall also delighted fans with an autograph signing and photographs. She also proved to apt at capturing the perfect group selfie.

Carla Hall Fan Selfie at the Kroger Simple Truth Tent

Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend is an eight city traveling motivational tour that runs through November 2015. If you’re looking to be inspired, I can think of no better way to spend a weekend.

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Most professionals like to win in business.  Unfortunately, many of them have no idea how to do it. Some fall into the trap of  believing that mistakes and failures are indications that success is impossible.  The truth is that failing is an integral part of the road to success.

You can’t hope your way to perfection.  You’ve got to try an idea to determine if it’s viable.  You might fail. Yet, every failure brings to mind important questions:  What if I had done things differently?  Would it be the same if I hadn’t worked with this person, or made that deal, or marketed that way? What can I do to improve?  Those questions are exactly what a businessperson needs to ask, so that the next idea is better and you don’t repeat the same mistakes.

The only way to completely prevent failure is to stop moving, stop acting and taking risks and stop trying to be successful altogether.  Imagine if you just stopped trying.  There would be no more failure, but you wouldn’t succeed either.  Failure is permanently fused with success.  There’s no way around it.

Some of the biggest leaders in business have failed big. Instead of giving up, they licked their wounds, compiled their key-learnings and moved forward. Here are examples of failures that should inspire you look at every defeat like a lesson:

Oprah Winfrey- The queen of media was actually fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.” What would have happened if she had let this crush her dream?

Stephen-King--with-Kindle-001Stephen King –This best selling author’s first book, Carrie, was rejected by no less than 30 publishing houses. How do you bounce back from 30 companies saying, “you don’t have what it takes?”



Vera WangVera Wang – This figure skater failed to make the cut for the Olympic team. Her second career as a fashion editor for Vogue also hit a wall when she was passed over for a promotion to Editor in Chief. How do you keep going when plan A and B, both go awry?





Each of these leaders used their failures to propel themselves forward. In the moment any defeat can feel like the end. If you take the time to analyze the situation you will usually find yourself wiser and prepared to take on new challenges.

What have you learned from your mistakes?