Shantrelle P. Lewis has always been a woman of vision. From the time she was a little girl growing up in her beloved New Orleans — assertive, ambitious, clear that she could do anything — Shantrelle was calling in the law of attraction, placing posters of the college she wanted to go to on her wall (she did), later, the kind of man she wanted to meet (she married him last November) and the bestselling book she wanted to write (it’s scheduled for release this April).
But what Shantrelle has also been about, always, is loving Black people, Black history and Black culture, and the expression of that culture through art, style, writing, and most recently, business. As a curator, she has traveled the world with her Dandy Lion Project exhibit and anthropological studies, and as an entrepreneur she seamlessly intertwines her culture into the fabric of each venture, including Shoppe Black — her partnership venture with her husband, Tony, which supports and highlights Black businesses, and William + James, her bow-tie line inspired by the great Black intellectuals W.E.B. DuBous and James Baldwin. On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Shantrelle riffs on a long list of books, scholars and resources that you’ll definitely want to dive into (see RESOURCES below) and talks about the importance of vision, of doing the work and of making joy a practice.
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On this episode you’ll learn:
- How to be a woman of vision.
- The importance of vision boards and getting clear on how — and why — they work
- How to incorporate your passion into your business.
- What it takes to be an entrepreneur.
- Why spirituality, love and joy take practice.
- How to break down your goals and tackle them.
- The importance of knowing what works for you and establishing best practices around that.
- The value of having an accountability partner.
- You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so you must get rid of people who don’t believe in the possibilities.
- Why you have to “do you” and be authentic to your own vision and dreams.
VISIT SHANTRELLE P. LEWIS at shantrelleplewis.com
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CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER SHANTRELLE’S UPCOMING BOOK, DANDY LION: THE BLACK DANDY AND STREET STYLE (Aperture, May 2017)
VISIT SHOPPE BLACK at shoppeblack.us
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VISIT WILLIAM + JAMES at williamplusjames.com
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RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE (Prepare yourself. :))
Civil Rights Movement
Black Power Movement
Zora Neale Hurston
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega
Dr. Deborah Willis
Dr. Brittney Cooper
Dr. Yaba Blay featured as a guest on the Support is Sexy podcast
Black Mardi Gras
Fresh Johnson, Shantrelle’s wedding planner
Alex Colby, Shantrelle’s wedding videographer
Nate White, Shantrelle’s bridal gown designer
Harriet’s Alter Ego
Slaves to Fashion by Monica L. Miller
The Law of Attraction
St. Katharine Drexel Prepatory School
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra (New World Library, 1994)
Saturday Night Sunday Morning by Dr. Deborah Willis (Hylas Publishing, 2005)
The Green Book
The Black Pages
Kidz Cab “Uber for Kids” article on shoppeblack.us
“15 Black-Owned Plus-Size Brands” article on shoppeblack.us
Kleaver Cruz and The Black Joy Project
The Future Project
The McKenna Museum of African American Art
Will Smith video about nobody outworking him
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