Happy Holidays From The Pen Hustle

Hey Hustlers,

The time is here to celebrate yet another holiday season. This year I would like to thank you, my loyal readers who check in on this blog & I wish you a Merry Christmas!

Love from Atlanta,

Brandy

Happy Thanksgiving from The Pen Hustle

Hey hustlers!

I just wanted to drop off a little humor & say Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from The Pen Hustle!

I am constantly amazed by the support & love you show me and this blog even when I am on hiatus at times. I am more than thankful to have such dedicated viewers who take time to stop by and check out my thoughts & opinions. I appreciate you and I am forever grateful for every view, retweet, repost, share, like & subscription. I owe you everything. I am so full of gratitude.

Have a wonderful holiday.

— Love, Bee

Women Who Met As CoWorkers & Find Out They Are Biological Sisters

Julia Tinetti and Cassandra Madison

I just love these kinds of stories.

Julia Tinetti and Cassandra Madison met as coworkers in 2013 and quickly became friends. Both had been adopted from the Dominican Republic, and they joked about being sisters. After discovering a paperwork error, they took a DNA test that confirmed they were in fact, real sisters!

They are both beautiful & they definitely have the same eyes. Check out their sweet story here on Insider.

November Is Men’s Mental Health Month

Thanks to Twitter I just learned that November is Men’s Mental Health Month.

I think it is truly amazing to celebrate men while attempting to open up dialogue about mental health wellness. I feel like as a society we condition men from boyhood to suppress their emotions. On the flip, females are taught that is completely acceptable to express our feelings freely. Actually for men most times their expression of emotion is correlated with being girly or weak. This is an extremely dangerous caveat. Men need an outlet to express emotions other than anger.

With all of the intense pressures most men face daily, it is very imperative that we begin to open more meaningful dialogue as well as provide judgement free safe havens for men to share their feelings. If we do this, I think over time we will see many factors of society improve.

I’d like to challenge you to reach out to a male once a week for this entire month, just to check on them. Let them know that you are available to provide a listening ear if needed.

Let’s celebrate Men’s Mental Health Month & lets start with our own family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. #CallHim

Detroit Teen Suspended for Running Barbershop in School Bathroom

Cameron Tucker was suspended for running lucrative barbershop in Renaissance High School bathroom during study hall

In the words of the late and great US House Representative John Lewis, this is what I would call “good trouble”.

I understand that cutting hair in the men’s bathroom during school hours might be against school policy, but I sure admire this kid’s entrepreneurial spirit. Instead of robbing, selling dope, etc. he chose a legit hustle. Can’t knock the kid for that!

The debate came up recently on social media about whether or not schools should focus more on teaching kids economics & entrepreneurship. I say YES! I feel like school teaches us how to work for others instead of how to have others work for us! Though having a successful corporate career can be very rewarding, cultivating entrepreneurial skills could be the key to successfully unlocking financial wealth. I believe that you can do well working a job but if you do it right you can get rich working for yourself.

As a reward for his hustle, Cameron was awarded an apprenticeship with from Sebastian Jackson, who was also 15 when he learned to cut hair and now owns The Social Club Grooming Co. in Detroit.

Some of Jackson’s clients include former NBA player Jalen Rose, rapper Big Sean and R&B singer Dwele— all Detroit natives — as well as former Lions running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

Jackson has since become a mentor for Cameron, who said “it was an honor” to meet him, adding that “it was definitely a learning experience, learning where he came from, and his way to where he is now.”

What an inspirational story. What do you think?